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12/30/2009 07:50:00 PM · #1
Well, it seems that a couple of us were having so much fun in the December overlay thread with single images flipped every which way and then blended with layer blending modes that I think we should have a whole month for this.

The general idea is to take one image, flip it on the horizontal and blend it with the original then flip it on the vertical and blend that with the previous result then rotate 90 degrees and blend with the previous result.

Let's see what we can come up with in January.

Now the steps listed are just a starting point.

Try and stop after you've done a few hundred.

21_F.gif cpanaioti
21_F.gif bergiekat
21_N.gif pwm6
21_F.gif sfalice
21_F.gif pixelpig
21_F.gif jomari
21_F.gif Melethia
21.gif kirbic
21.gif Bear_Music
21_F.gif GinaRothfels
21_F.gif krnodil
21.gif VitaminB
21.gif SDW

and anyone else that cares to participate during the month

Message edited by author 2010-01-01 02:45:00.
12/30/2009 07:51:28 PM · #2
would love to play, but I'm not sure I know how to do this, lol. (I have to use GIMP) :)
12/30/2009 07:55:11 PM · #3
The Instructions:
In PS I do the following: (Gimp probably has something similar)

These instructions are for PS CS3 but may very well work for other versions of PS and maybe for other software.

Open the image you want to edit and make sure the layers palette is visible.
Duplicate the background layer
From the edit menu, choose transform and select flip horizontal
Change the blending mode of the layer to difference.
From the layers menu, choose flatten

Duplicate the background layer
From the edit menu, choose transform and select flip vertical
Change the blending mode of the layer to difference.
From the layers menu, choose flatten
Duplicate the background layer
From the edit menu, choose transform and select rotate 90 degrees (CW or CCW doesn't matter)
Change the blending mode of the layer to difference.
From the layers menu, choose flatten

crop to square (not always)

As you can see from the banter in this thread, these are only a starting point. Change them up, experiment and have fun.

Depending on the image, you may need to make adjustments in between flips and/or at the end as it may end up quite dark.

I tend to do selective exposure adjustments at the end to bring out the amazing detail in the center of the final image. I do this in Lightroom.

I've got this in an action now (everything but the crop) so I can see what an image will produce rather quickly

I've discovered that the plainest images usually produce the best results.

If you can't operate on layers individually then the duplicate steps can be to duplicate the image (in a separate file) then paste it in as a new layer before blending.

Message edited by author 2010-01-04 17:17:38.
12/31/2009 09:40:35 AM · #4
Is everyone too flipped out?
12/31/2009 09:58:57 AM · #5
Can you post examples? This sounds like it would just be a mess...
12/31/2009 11:43:52 AM · #6
Sign me up....

21_F.gif vawendy, Here are some examples:

December Overlays Page 12
12/31/2009 01:02:39 PM · #7
Gee, I didn't do so well on keeping up with the December side-challenge,
but I want to try this one. Sign me up, please.
12/31/2009 04:48:06 PM · #8
I will play. I want to get 12 good ones together for a calendar. I'm gonna try to think of the 12 months in terms of color only. "D Here's an example that I think of as December colors, or maybe I'm just crazy.

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I've added an additional step (in bold)
duplicate the background
transform the layer - flip horizontal
blend the layer with difference
flatten
auto-adjust color, levels, contrast & sharpen
duplicate the background
transform - flip vertical
blend with difference
flatten
auto-adjust color, levels, contrast & sharpen
duplicate
increase canvas size to create a square format
transform - rotate 90%
blend with difference
flatten
auto-adjust color, levels, contrast & sharpen
crop(not always)

Message edited by author 2009-12-31 17:28:42.
12/31/2009 05:26:12 PM · #9
Yes please, me too! I'm just getting into this.
12/31/2009 05:37:44 PM · #10
Wow. That's kinda fun! I tried a bunch of different shots - my favorite so far is this one:

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Message edited by author 2010-01-02 13:00:21.
12/31/2009 06:12:04 PM · #11
Hmmm, interesting! My first attempt:
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ETA: by request, the original: Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_843307.jpg

Message edited by author 2009-12-31 21:12:48.
12/31/2009 07:00:40 PM · #12
This one's so incredibly detailed it can't really stand being scaled down, but for what it's worth here it is:

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R.
12/31/2009 07:06:21 PM · #13
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Message edited by author 2009-12-31 19:24:02.
12/31/2009 07:06:29 PM · #14
This sounds like fun. Count me in.
12/31/2009 07:24:01 PM · #15
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Ok... So I had to google how to transform a layer, but I found it... this was my first try :)

I had fun, so I will post more later on.
12/31/2009 07:38:21 PM · #16
One more from me. Last blend was exclusion mode rather than difference mode.

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Really fascinating to me how these turn out given the originals. Quite fun to do with people!
12/31/2009 07:42:50 PM · #17
I guess I'm doing something wrong. It doesn't work for me.
Oh, well. (that's what I get for not knowing PS or GIMP! Sigh!
12/31/2009 07:49:07 PM · #18
Originally posted by bergiekat:

I guess I'm doing something wrong. It doesn't work for me.
Oh, well. (that's what I get for not knowing PS or GIMP! Sigh!

Are you using Photoshop? I can't help with GIMP. It's way past my bedtime, but if no one has assisted when I get up, I'll see if I can do a tutorial with screen captures.
12/31/2009 07:55:34 PM · #19
Okay, here's my first try, along with the image that provoked the attempt.
(Those terns never knew what hit them)

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Yes, this is fun. I used the hue/saturation tabs to fiddle with the color.

12/31/2009 08:03:23 PM · #20
Originally posted by Melethia:

Originally posted by bergiekat:

I guess I'm doing something wrong. It doesn't work for me.
Oh, well. (that's what I get for not knowing PS or GIMP! Sigh!

Are you using Photoshop? I can't help with GIMP. It's way past my bedtime, but if no one has assisted when I get up, I'll see if I can do a tutorial with screen captures.


The key is to only flip the top layer not the entire image. That's done from the edit/transform menu in CS3 with the layer you want to transform selected.
12/31/2009 08:10:44 PM · #21
This is going to be more work than I thought. I tried to set up an action, but my version of PSP does the 90 degree rotate on the whole image, not a single layer. And PS Elements doesn't have actions.

I will post my first effort tomorrow. It uses a photo that is in a current challenge, but that doesn't matter because it's not recognisable. I'll just have to leave showing the original till later.

I presume it will be okay to use old photos for this side challenge seeing that the challenge is about art rather than photography.
12/31/2009 08:14:20 PM · #22
Any photo you want to try this with is fine.
12/31/2009 08:14:32 PM · #23
this is freakin' WILD

sign me up
12/31/2009 08:15:22 PM · #24
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And just to show what the simplest of images can produce:

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Message edited by author 2009-12-31 20:39:05.
12/31/2009 08:53:35 PM · #25
A couple more... originals at right
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ETA: Two three more... this first one simply is not done justice in a thumb:
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Message edited by author 2009-12-31 21:45:22.
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