|Abby was created using Photoshop 5.5 and Painter 6. Immediately below is the final image. The succeeding images discuss how I worked to create Abby.
|Scanning into Photoshop5.5 at 600dpi, the image on the left is the original scan with no corrections applied. The image on the right is the corrected and cropped scanned image (300dpi).
|In Painter6, I created two images. One a softer watercolor image using a largish brush--the image on the left. The other image is more detailed as I used a smaller watercolor brush.
|Using Photoshop, I layered the two images creating a composite of the two--hopefully getting the best of both. The edge of this composite page was 'deckled' using Photoshop's Distort/Glass filter on the paper edges. I then created a background for the image in Painter using a watercolor brush, selecting colors from the Abby image creating a palette of colors to use for the background. In Photoshop, I layered the Abby image onto the background and gave it a drop shadow to add some depth. Things looked a bit plain so I decided to add Abby's name around the image and I used a type technique in Painter suggested by Jinny on the Painter list (thanks Jinny!). In Photoshop, I added a small drop shadow to the letters and duplicated the name image and created a border around Abby. Below is a cropped closeup of the final image.