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Just seen this and can't stop laughing...Priceless :)
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Thank you to my model Alicia Bicknell
bat wing brushes from http://falln-stock.deviantart.com/

For Children ~ #childrensaturday 
Curator(s): +Susan Southard  

Inspirational Saturday ~ #inspirationalsaturday 
Curator(s): +Charlotte Therese Björnström +Khrystiane Friedli  +Mylah Nazario 

Paint it Saturday ~ #paintitsaturday 
Curator(s): +Alexius Jørgensen  
G+ Page : +PaintIt Club  

Photo Manipulation Saturday ~ #photomanipulationsaturday 
Curator(s): +Josh Adamski  

Photo Story Saturday ~ #photostorysaturday 
Curator(s): +Dave Beckerman  
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The "Wonderland" series of photos by Kirsty Mitchell
Official website showcasing the photography of Kirsty Mitchell.
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Shameless self-promotion!
I put a number of new photos up on my flickr in the last few days, for example this one.
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It's that season again - beautiful cornfields all over the place.  Using a free texture from Jerry Jones, which I found yesterday (through one of +Elin Vaeth's beautiful pictures)

#fourseasonsfriday  curated by +Stephonie Ogden 
#curvyfriday  curated by +Peter From and +lorena masi 
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:: Photography | Photo Manipulations
Vladimir Fedotko

Born in Leningrad, photographer and photo manipulator Vladimir Fedotko currently lives and works in St. Petersburg, Russia.
After discovering Adobe Photoshop in 2005, Fedotko has used a combination of traditional drawing, photography and computer processing to create his unique images.

Official Site: http://fedotko.35photo.ru
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#photography   #photomanipulation   #art   #finephotography   #bonexpose  
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It seems that google is very, very stupid about how it displays direct-linked images.

That said, if you like the pic, the website is here:
http://elegyellem.se
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Model: Kie R. / Location: Uvas Canyon County Park, CA

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Blend Modes - Lunchtime Mapping Tips

Blend modes are a wonderful feature of Photoshop, and also appear in many other programs, including Gimp. Here's a few I use regularly. I've taken the same styles o text and shown how they appear using the different blend modes. Further down, you can see the effect of using a selection of different gradients and setting them to the relevant blend mode.

Overlay
This is a great blend mode for making an image look integrated into the background texture. Using overlay gradually shifts the tone and colour of the background texture. In the case of the text, you can see that it takes more than one overlay layer stacked up to get text that's dark enough - but once it gets there it a thick saturated brown that fits well with the colour scheme of the parchment. In contrast, even with one layer of overlay, the light letters are almost white. This is because the starting texture is very light.

Overlay tends to increase the saturation of the background texture - so when we have colour gradients set to overlay you can see the colours remain highly saturated.

50% grey set to overlay will produce no effect at all. It will be indistinguishable from a transparent area on the overlay layer.

Soft Light
Soft light is similar in many ways to overlay, but tends to be much less saturated. You can see this difference in the letters of SOFT, and also in the gradients. I tend to play with both of these on a map, to see what gives the nicer result.

Soft light and overlay layers are a good way to give the impression of watercolour washes on a map, as they allow so much of the background colour and texture to shine through.

Colour Burn
Colour burn is a very different beast. Firstly - like all 'burn' modes - it will only ever darken your image. White is effectively transparent when set to colour burn as you can see from the gradients at the bottom.

Colour burn darkens the background image, has a high saturation and gives vibrant colours. As with overlay and soft light, it takes the background colour as it's starting point and transforms it. So even in the solid blue on the bottom gradient, you can still see the parchment texture, and you can see that the colour is greener than the actual blue - the effect of the background's colour.

Colour burn gives great results if you want to grunge up a parchment background. Get some splatter brushes and some low to mid saturation colours (like the low saturation red on COLOUR) and go wild. You'll have a bloodstained muddy parchment in no time.

MULTIPLY
Multiply is a different beast yet again. Where the previous three blend modes combine with the background texture, multiply masks it. Multiply takes the brightness of a colour and turns it into transparency. So light colours like yellow, white or light blue will be transparent, where darker colours are more opaque. For dark colours, none of the background will show through. Multiply is a great way of laying a black and white image over a parchment. Se the layer to multiply and voila - the white is gone, leaving only the black lines.

I hope that's useful and gives you some ideas on how to use blend modes in your mapmaking and art work. They might look mysterious to start with, but play around with them and you'll soon find they give wonderful and surprising results.

As always, you can find more tips on the tutorial page on my blog: http://fantasticmaps.wordpress.com/category/tips-and-tricks/ or by searching #fmtips here on G+.

#map #tutorial #illustration #photoshop #gimptutorial

cc +Greg Christopher who was talking abut blend modes earlier today.
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