Amazing Circles and Other Oddities
Several of my readers, most recently ~W~ and Safiyyah, have asked me how I make my circles and other creative images. Honestly, I do not know. I can tell you how to start, but you must allow the image to take shape of its own accord. You must lose technique in the art. When I finally post an image, I cannot remember the sequence of steps that produced it.
However, with practice, I’m getting better at controlling the technique, choosing filters, effects, and colors to produce remarkable images. Here is how anyone can start:
A good photo editing program is essential. I use Photoshop Elements 6 and Microsoft Digital Imaging Suite.
A base photo is not so important. Any photo will do. A photo with good color and contrast will be easier to transform, but the most interesting images result from poor photos that I would otherwise delete.
The easy way to get started is by making an Amazing Circle using dumpr’s automated technique:
http://www.dumpr.net/. You don’t need any software to use this technique; just plug in your photo.
When you tire of that, use the manual technique found on Flickr’s Amazing Circles group:
The resulting circles are delightful, but you’ll soon tire of them, so then you must plug them into your photo editing software, and subject them to random filters and transformations, until you land on one you’d like to keep. The key here is to continue subjecting the resulting image to repeated filters and transformations, until you have an image that is far removed from its origin.
Then, you must adjust properties such as shadows, lighting, levels, brightness and color, on the Enhance menu of PSE. Then, think up a title and post the image to your Flickr account. That’s all there is to it!
Would you believe, that this: