February 21, 2013

posterizing my "hopeless" images

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photo by Donald Kinney

Oh brother... Tuesday SHOULD have been full of photo-opportunities. After all, a storm had just rolled through and dramatic clouds decorated the sky.
I tried, but the cards just didn't seem to be stacked in my favor.

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photo by Donald Kinney

Now, I might be all wet, but when I end up with an image that doesn't quite make the grade, I sometimes am able to salvage the image by posterizing, or limiting the number of colors. Oh, I'll let you be the judge--here is the same image un-posterized. That is Point Reyes peninsula in the distance.

I used the Posterize tool in PhotoshopCS5 to make these JPEG images, but another method for posterizing an image is to save it not as a JPEG but as a GIF. Either way the number of colors can be selected. JPEGs tend to have slightly smoother transitions between colors, while GIFs generally produce smaller file sizes. Normally, a GIF is only used for simple web graphics with a limited number of colors.

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1 comment:

photowannabe said...

You know me, I like the way pictures come out in the posterize technique.
Its always fun to experiment, after all you are The artist!

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