Don’t Get Crabby With Me

A few years ago we were camping at McGrath State Beach. I decided to go out for a walk close to sunset and see what I could find. I don’t eat meat or seafood, so I have no idea what these remains are from…all I know is that I liked the way the sun lit them up. Here is the original, unprocessed photo taken with the Canon S3IS.

Original photo taken with the Canon S3IS

Original photo taken with the Canon S3IS

 

 

I started off in Snapseed and figured I’d try the Drama module…it did what I wanted. Settings were:

  • Filter Strength: 80
  • Saturation: 0
After adding Drama

After adding Drama

 

I knew I was going to add Grunge which would darken the photo, I decided to run the photo through HDR to really make the remains stick out. Settings were:

  • Filter Strength: 65
  • Brightness: 5
  • Saturation: 5
  • Smoothing: 0
After HDR Scape

After HDR Scape

 

I hit the shuffle icon several times, cycling through different Grunge settings until this one came up. Settings were:

  • Style: 340
  • Brightness: 0
  • Contrast: 35
  • Texture Strength: 35
  • Saturation: 75

As for the actual texture I ended up using, I cycled through each of the 5 presets for a while, then came back to #1 and cycled some more.

After adding Grunge

After adding Grunge

 

 

I kept trying to use the Reflect+ app at the original size, but it kept crashing. I briefly opened the image in iColorama and chose the middle size, somewhere in the 2000 range, and saved the smaller photo. This time when I went to use it in Reflect it had no problem. I went through a few presets before finally deciding on Lakes 1/9. I also adjusted the sliders for Displacement (changed to 0) and Bottom Fade (also changed to 0); I then played around with the Blur slider until I liked what I saw.

After adding "Lake 1/9" Reflection

After adding “Lake 1/9” Reflection

 

 

I then opened the Grunge version in iColorama and went to Effects>Blend, clicked on the Photo icon in the lower right and opened the Reflect version. I then created a mask to give a more organic look to the reflection as I wasn’t crazy about the straight line between the reflection and the lit remains.

After Blending/Masking original grunge version with Reflect version

After Blending/Masking original grunge version with Reflect version

 

 

I was now ready to add my logo/watermark in iWatermark.

Adding my logo/watermark in iWatermark

Adding my logo/watermark in iWatermark

 

The final step was creating the Before and After photo in Leonardo.

Don't Get Crabby With Me - Before and After

Don’t Get Crabby With Me – Before and After

 

 

List of apps used in this post and their links in the iTunes store…

 

 

Products used in this post (amazon.com affiliate links unless otherwise noted)…

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