Since I will be gaining another child in the spring, I have decided to give one of my blogs the ax. Cruel, heartless, unfeeling? Maybe. But have no fear. I will now just be posting my photoshop adventures here on my normal blog. Because this blog just isn't scatterbrained enough. So today, I would like to share a gift with you all, in honor of the occasion:
This is a desktop background for your viewing pleasure in 1920 by 1080 aspect ratio. I think you can just right-click on the image and "save as" something, and then right click on the file and set as desktop background. (If you are using a mac, heaven, or google, or husband, or tech geek from the apartment down the hall help you because I have no idea how to set a desktop background there.)
Here is the image SOOC, or straight out of camera.
To achieve the desktop background, I did the following:
Used the Sepia toning action, which comes standard with Photoshop as far back as 7.0, at least.
Merged the visible layers (Shift + Ctrl + E or Layers > merge visible).
Increased the contrast and brightness by going to Image > image adjustments > brightness & contrast.
Used the spotlight effect from Filter > render > lighting effects.
Faded the spotlight effect under Edit > fade effect, probably to about 25%.
Selected the border with a 25 pixel feather and created a new layer.
Painted the layer dark brown with the paint bucket, using a brown I had selected from the picture with the ink dropper.
Merged the visible layers again.
I also sized it to 1920 by 1080, so it would fit our computer.
Hope that wasn't too boring for my non-photoshopaholic friends.