I don't have Photoshop on my work computer, so it had to wait until this morning. Off and on through the night, I dreamed about creating layers, which I would then layer into a fabulous new image.
I woke up this morning eager to get started. I tried creating layers. I couldn't figure out how to fuse them together--I remember having this problem in the past. I figured out how to lasso an image, but not how to scale it down to a size I could use.
In the end, I couldn't create what my brain dreamed about all night. First, the original image:
For those of you who are curious, it's a photo of my husband's forehead after last year's Ash Wednesday service (if you want to know more about Ash Wednesday, see this post on my theology blog).
I tried adding a layer of a different cross made of ashes image, but I can't really see it in the images below--is that because I fiddled with the image, or because the layer is no longer there? I don't know.
I figured out how to insert text--hurrah! Here's the first version with text:
Then I tried to see if I could change the way the text looks. I went with what you see below:
I tried to figure out how to do more special effects with the text, but I couldn't. And I'd already been working for an hour, and I wasn't coming up with anything that took my breath away.
Here's my problem with Photoshop: I know that it can do so much as a computer program, but I can't figure out how to command it to do so. I know that if I used it a lot, it might become intuitive, but right now, the program doesn't behave the way I think it should behave.
So, I could teach myself; there are lots of books and online tutorials after all. I've checked out a book before, but lost motivation along the way. Maybe I'll try again.
And here's the really sad thing: my school offers classes in Photoshop, and I could probably sit in unofficially, even if I didn't want to buckle down and actually take the class, which I could also do, if seats were available once the term started.
Well, I know more about Photoshop than I did in February of 2011. My goal for the coming year: to learn more, to learn how to combine images into an interesting collage.
Update (2 hours later): I went back to play some more, and I came up with the following. They're still not what I envisioned; in fact, I went a completely different way, a collage route instead of a layering and fading route.
And yet one more variation (1 hour later), with photo rotated and bottom cropped:
Well, time to quit Photoshopping and to turn my attention to other things: creativity retreat planning and then administrator work.