While it is a pretty easy DIY project and an awesome technique I will definitely be trying again, there were some technical difficulties I had to deal with that were beyond my control. (I’ll get to that in a minute.)
This year, I wanted to create a large impact, fall foliage image to center my design around.
Knowing how much I love the trail and generally try to photograph it during my runs at least once a season, I knew I had some scenic fall shots from the trail on my computer. Just so you know, this image was taken with my iPhone. No fancy, schmancy camera needed for this project.
I must admit that this image is the result from editing in Photoshop to be warmer and sharper. If you don’t have Photoshop, there are all kinds of image editing software available online.
And while this looks nice, I was really after something softer, more like art.
So, while I had it in Photoshop, I ran a watercolor effect on it.
The watercolor effect in Photoshop darkened the image quite a lot, so I lightened it and ran another “warmer” action on it as well.
It’s hard to see at this scale but it’s got a nice watercolor brush stroke or dapple effect to it.
Here’s a close up shot.
Of course, now that I have a perfect fall artwork, I’m thinking of what other image might be nice for the spring next year?
If this was as clear as mud and you’ve got questions, just leave them in the comments. I’ll be happy to answer them, because getting an extra large piece of art for under $7 is a pretty awesome deal.