Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Club Scrap Blog Hop January 2015 - Constellations

Happy New Year everyone.  I do hope that you all had an amazing holiday and are ready to get started crafting again.

So lets get started right away with Constellations.  I thought it would be cool to "cartoonize" a photo for a layout with this kit.

First open up a new file 12" x 12" at 300 ppi and transparent background.  Then find a photo that you would like to use and open that up too.


I am hoping that Tricia, Brenda, Kay and Karen will not mind me using this cute photo of the four of them which I found the other day!

Anyway, drag the photo onto the blank layout and close the original.


With most photos you will want to increase the overall contrast; go to Image>Adjustment>levels and using the input levels sliders, adjust to your liking.  For this I used 25 for the black, 1.13 for the grey and 220 for the white.


You want to end up with a strong contrast but not too dark.

Now we are going to add some film grain to the photo.  Go to Filters>Filter gallery>artistic>film grain.  For this I used grain at 5, highlight area at 0 and intensity at 10.  Hit OK.  Then duplicate the layer twice.

Rename the second layer to Screen and use the blend mode of screen also.


Rename the third layer halftone and apply a half tone pattern to this layer.  Go to Filter>Pixellate>Color halftone


Set the max radius to 4 and leave everything else at default and hit OK.  Set the blend mode of the third layer to darken and hit ok.


Here you can see that the graininess of a newspaper cartoon has magically happened.

Now go to layers>merge visible and you have your cartoonized photo ready to be used in a layout.

I added a stroke to the outside of the photo also.


Now for the completed layout using this cartoonized photo.  I used two papers, an embellishment overlay and stamp from Constellations.  The balloon came from Comics.


I do hope you like what I have done here and will consider using cartoonization in the future.  If your photo is not quite what you expected or is slightly blurry this is a wonderful solution to enable you to use it.

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23 comments:

  1. Great instruction as always Annette! What a fantastic idea for blurry pics! Saving this!

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  2. I love the end result, Annette!

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    1. Bless your heart Hetty - thank you so much.

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  3. Hah, very fun effect and layout, Annette! Thank you for sharing the steps to your creation! Things ARE looking up!

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    1. Thanks Tricia and I am glad you did not mind me using your fun photo for this.

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  4. Great layout Annette, thanks for sharing the steps!

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  5. This is a very cool effect Annette - thanks for showing us how it's done!

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  6. Great effect! Thank you for sharing the steps Annette.

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  7. What a fun way to document that photo! Thanks for the "how to", Annette!

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    1. Thanks Jill. Hope the arm is getting better.

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  9. Love the photo you chose and the final result. Great idea!

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  10. Things ARE looking up, now that we made an appearance on your digital creation! Thanks for making us look so good!

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  11. What a fun way to enhance a photo--thanks for sharing!

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  12. I like the cartoonized photo.

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