By Ian Walker. United
II is commonly bundled with digicams and laptops and is
available for a modest price as a standalone software
I've been using it
for some time for standard image manipulation but sometimes
for more artistic use!
images were mostly taken as originals on the Nikon Coolpix 4500
digicam, quite a few times
the images are not
for various reasons but rather than delete them straight away
I sometimes come back to them and use Photoshop Effects,
Filter and Lighting modes to see if there is any merit
keeping them. Although I used Photoshop Elements, similar
effects are often available in
other image manipulation packages.
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Above, mallow flowers with Canvas effect.
Rather than go into
details I think it is much more fun to experiment yourself
with your own pictures, most of the images shown have a
combination of different Filter, Effects and Lighting
from Elements' comprehensive list.
close-up, limiting the depth of field on the camera gives a
more dramatic image, the main effect is 'Crosshatch' from the
I liked this shot
when I took it but the dull day meant I was running into
camera shake and this super-macro shot of a drop of
hanging from a small plant also suffered background noise even
with noise reduction on. In this particular case I've used
and 'Difference Clouds' from the Filters menu.... I don't
know what the strange markings in the droplet were
in the original photo.
started off as a standard macro of some flowers in my back
garden, however the background was 'fussy' so I did some
enhancement to give a more pleasing image.
The above image is
from a slide taken on an Olympus OM-1 many years ago, this was
right at the end of the film and the slide film was faulty
causing a noisy
patternation across the whole frame. I used the Nikon to take
an image of the slide and then used Photoshop to give an
impressionist painting look which also
hides the defects in the slide, spot the sheep!
Above and below,
more slides from the OM-1, above from the Lake District and
below from Hull docks.
A damsel fly, I was
pleased with the lighting and framing of this picture in its
'normal mode' but have included it to show some of the more
Finally, this 'sky
and trees' picture looked rather boring since it was
taken towards the middle of the day with washed-out sky and
clouds but with several of
Photoshop's Lighting, Contrast and Filter modes you can get a
more tranquil scene!
Comments to the author, Ian
Walker, are welcomed.
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