Add Bokeh Background

 

White and orange tabby kitten playing in fall leaves

Capture the Colors of Fall with natural brown, rich red, orange and yellow hues.  Add Bokeh background to enrich your original image, adding more color and dimension.  In this Photoshop Tutorial we will be capturing a small part of our image that lends itself to creating a beautiful bokeh background – the colored berries.  We will use that piece with the Field Blur Filter to create a colorful bokeh background that can be used for many purposes. In this case, we used the bokeh background we just created to blend on top of our original image to add more color and depth to the image. Follow this Photoshop tutorial to find out how.

Click to download a PDF of this tutorial. **Some knowledge of Photoshop CS6 is necessary to complete this tutorial.

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WHICH IMAGE DO YOU LIKE BETTER?

BEFORE Bokeh Background
White and orange tabby kitten playing in fall leaves on a brown, burlap background with acorn, berries, stem,
AFTER Bokeh Background

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equipment used for this shoot: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon Macro 100mm 1:2.8L IS

Add Background Texture

Photoshop CS6 Tutorial:

CAPTURE the Colors of Fall: How to add  texture and depth to enhance your FALL images with more dimension and color.

 

AFTER adding texture to background
Our AFTER image LOOKS GREAT by adding a little texture and depth to the background. Here is how we did it: add background texture to create depth and richer hues.
The BEFORE image below was lacking something…..
BEFORE adding texture to background

Photoshop CS6 Tutorial: add background texture to create depth.

  1. Open image in Photoshop
  2. Got to Layer>New Fill Layer>Pattern  click ok.
  3. Choose a pattern. I used a horizontal striped jean pattern.
  4. Change blending mode of pattern to soft light.
  5. Adjust opacity of pattern layer to +- 70%.
  6. The pattern will cover the entire image.
  7. Click on the pattern’s layer mask. Using a black paint brush, paint away the pattern from the important elements in your foreground.

Capture the Colors of Fall – SEPTEMBER

Autumn photo shoot kitten

Capture the Colors of Fall with earth tones and rich reds, oranges and yellows.

 

LuvKelly Recycles 2015 = “Save the Kittens + Save the Earth” campaign continues …

*LuvKelly Recycles Photoshoot for SEPTEMBER. The adorable kittens photographed above are two from a litter of four that were found abandoned in a house in Mims.  They were rescued at just 4 weeks old.   They were very playful and curious, and it didn’t take them long to investigate our materials and props that we used. Their names are Ari and Autumn.  Ari, the orange and white striped tabby loved to play hide and seek inside the pumpkin as we teased him with our feather toys.  Autumn was more shy, but felt very comfortable side-by-side with her brother inside the pumpkin.  You can see from the photo, Ari is the troublemaker 🙂 It turns out their coloring worked purr-fectly with our colors in the photoshoot.  They were a joy to work with!

About the Materials we used: We recycled the carved out pumpkins – we used them last year for a Fall photo shoot.  We got them from Michaels Craft Store and used an exacto knife to cut the holes.  To make it different from last year, we replaced the orange fleece  background with a natural brown burlap material, and added more color. We collected an assortment of pine cones from outdoors. We used artificial leaves and colored berries from an old centerpiece we took apart. This shoot was taken in home settings using available light, Canon Mark III, 100 mm canon lens. Settings: f2.8 ss125 iso 250.

CLICK here to get a free, downloadable October Desktop calendar Wallpaper from this shoot.

*Each month Kelly Richardson and her team of caring assistants are creating a special pet photo shoot using recycled items that can be found around the house with rescue kittens that were saved and fostered by volunteers at local no-kill rescue organizations in Orlando. We have great hopes that these photoshoot tutorials will inspire creativity and raise awareness for the planet earth and the rescue kittens.

 

 

 

 

Watermark Action Tutorial

Orange and white tabby kitten thanksgiving decoration on burlap and blue
Orange and white tabby kitten thanksgiving decoration on burlap

Creating a watermark action for any image orientation and size. This is very important and better than any watermark action I have seen because it will place your watermark in the center with an automatic alignment feature. No matter what size your image is, the watermark will always be in the center. See image above.

**Some knowledge of Photoshop tools and menu options is needed to follow the steps in this tutorial.

1. Open a photo in Photoshop you would like to add a watermark to.
2. click create new action at the bottom of the actions pallette, name the action: watermark.
3. click record to start recording
4. press ctrl-K to go to photoshop preferences, choose units and rulers pop-up menu, choose percent. click OK
5. Press D to set Foreground color to black.
6. Select the type tool click on the photo (do not create a text box) and type what you want for your watermark. For example I use a copyright symbol with my name. To make a copyright symbol on a keyboard hold down the alt key and then type the numbers 0169. ©kellyrichardson.
7. change font size as neccessary. then click the commit checkbox on the right side of the Options Bar.
8. to put text in middle of document: ctrl-A choose layers>Align Layers to Selection>Vertical Centers. Then choose Layers> Align Layers to Selection>>Horizontal Layers. This will ensure the watermark is exactly in the center of the image no matter what the dimensions are. press ctrl-D to deselect.
9. Add watermark style: dbleclick the watermark layer, click on bevel& emboss, use default settings. go to blending options, drop the fill opacity to 0%. click ok
10. From Layers panel choose flatten all layers.
11. stop recording.
This action can be used from the bridge with Tools>Photoshop>image Processor to batch watermark  groups of files.

In the Kitchen with Sugar and Flower – AUGUST

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LuvKelly Recycles 2015 = “Save the Kittens + Save the Earth” campaign continues …

Each month Kelly Richardson and her team of caring assistants are creating a special pet photo shoot using recycled items that can be found around the house with rescue kittens that were saved and fostered by volunteers at local no-kill rescue organizations in Orlando. We have great hopes that these photoshoot tutorials will inspire creativity and raise awareness for the planet earth and the rescue kittens.
The theme for the LuvKelly Recycles photoshoot for the month of August is:  In the Kitchen with Sugar & Flower.   I knew I was going to be photographing these two adorable kittens. They were just rescued from the shelter and didn’t even have names yet.  I wanted to compliment their beautiful gray fur with something that also contained gray. I sat in my kitchen with a cup of coffee brainstorming… what unique recycled items can I use for this shoot that will really make their gray color pop? And suddenly  it came to me. Actually it was sitting right in front of me as I was getting my second cup of coffee.  The sugar and flour canisters! They would be a perfect way to compliment their color, and they are just the right size!   I proceeded to empty all of the sugar and flour into ziploc baggies, and shine them up for the kitchen kittens photo shoot.  After that, it was pretty easy to name these two cuties – it was only natural for them to be named kitchen kittens Sugar and Flower.
Kitchen KittensFor the background, I wanted to continue with the pure, clean, solid kitchen counter look.  At the same time, I wanted to pop the gray in there too. I knew the blankets I had would not do.
FR_2641T copySo I found some vinyl laminate squares that imitate a marble stone. I taped four together two for the bottom and two for the top and put them on my photo table.  see photo left.
TIP: It is important that you always take a photo of your background without the props and animals. see example.  This photo of the background will have many uses in the future:  to add canvKitchen Kittensas to the image later to make it a tall 5×7 greeting card (see example below), and as a pattern background see above.

 

 

 

Favorite Images from the shoot:

SEE this image on a greeting card at CARD GNOME!  Here is a link to the greeting card I created with this photoshoot, where you can see how  I used the background image for the inside of the card.