Snappy H’appy Photo Challenge-Week 4-Cutouts

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This Snappy H’appy Photo Challenge is hosted by We Live in A Flat and Firebonnet.  Be sure to check out the other challenge photos via their sites.

We are now in week 4 of the Snappy H’appy Challenge.  This week we focus on cutouts.  As challenge host We Live in a Flat describes, “Cutouts can be decorative, they can also convey a message. The art of juxtaposing a cut out from a photo or picture with another different photo or picture can create some wildly imaginative scenerios, landscapes or portraits.”

I decided to go ahead and work with the reviewed Moldiv app on We Live in a Flat, although I had never tried it before.  I have to agree that I really, really like the options for text on this app.  However, I found the cutout option a little difficult to get the hang of.  I tried to use a stylus and even the eraser on the end of a pencil to make my outline for my cutout, without success.  Only using my finger seemed to do the trick, but my cutouts were not very accurate until I learned to look at the small extra floating box provided while outlining my object.

 

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Original App Challenge Image
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Mobile Device: iPhone 4s
App Used:  Snapseed, Moldiv

Then, since this app provided no way to blur the lines between the cutout and the original image on which it was placed, I was forced to be more creative and find a way to handle the hard line between the two.  My final decision was to also make a cutout of the soap bubbles, then duplicate and layer it several times at the bottom of my photo to blend the kitty cutout with the washer.

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 Duplicating the Soap Bubbles

So here is the final result.  I do still wish this app had a way to blend the cutout to the background image.   Since it did not, I took this photo into Photoshop to blend the cutout better.

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Final App Challenge Image

No cats were harmed in the making of this image!

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Mr. Tyler

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While I’m normally not one for a self-portrait, I captured this photo of Tyler and myself on my i-Phone while relaxing in bed on Sunday morning.  Application of a dry brush filter in Photoshop, some selective cropping, and this was the final result.  The block of white was the sunlight streaming through the skylight and onto my t-shirt.  I do love the artistic effect.  And oh how I do LOVE my Mr. Tyler!

Cat Art

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Faux Lichtenstein Effect

Inspired by the American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997), this technique is called faux lichtenstein.  While not carefully painted on to the canvas by hand, these thousands of tiny dots give the same effect as the artist’s original paintings.  Roy taught art and drawing most of his life, and was particularly well-known for his comic strips, advertising, and graphic arts – mixing his fine art studies with commercial art.

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Original Photograph

This piece started with an original photograph of my kitty Tyler, and was refined in Photoshop to give the faux lichtenstein effect.  Modern and compelling, the effect gives a very unique look.  It won’t be for everyone, but does demonstrate the range of possibilities with Photoshop.

What do you think?