On our trip to Thailand in 2009, we were walking around the old part of the city when something above the trees caught our attention; we had been to many of the ruins in the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico and what we were seeing was very reminiscent of that.
We eventually found ourselves at Wat Chedi Luang, and at the time they were still restoring the Chedi. The elephants that surround one layer of the building caught my eye, this is one of the photos I took with my Sony HX-1.
Thanks to Jeffrey Friedl’s website, Jeffrey’s Exif Viewer, you are able to see the exact location where it was taken!
I wanted to get rid of the triangular looking shape in the lower right-hand corner and also the piece almost halfway in the bottom of the photo. I used TouchRetouch HD for that. Now that I think about it I probably could have skipped this step as it wouldn’t have been seen in the final image.
I then went into Snapseed and tried HDR Scape to see how that would look. Settings were:
- Filter Strength: 80
- Brightness: -5
- Saturation: 0
- Smoothing: 0
I then used Drama to add more definition. Settings were:
- Filter Strength: 85
- Saturation: 15
My last step in Snapseed was to open the shadows up. I used Tune Image for that; all settings were left at 0 except for Shadows, which I upped to 30.
To start creating the sketch look I went into iColorama and opened the image. I then tapped Style>Edges and selected 1/17.
- Size: 0.50
- Mode: Normal
I saved the image but didn’t tap Apply.
To create the “paper” I tapped Preset>Gradient and used the default settings. I tapped Apply to keep the changes.
To add some texture to my “paper” I used Style>Water-B>5/16. I then saved that since I’ll probably want to use it again. Then tapped Apply to keep those changes.
Next step was tapping on Effects>Blend and opening up the photo I wanted to use. After that I tapped on Brush Mask and selected WCOLOR brush 6/41, then tapped on Brush to close the list.
I then tapped on Set>Adjust and changed the Opacity to 0.50 and Opacity Variation to 0.25.
I definitely wanted part of the blue sky and clouds to show with parts of the elephants, so I kept masking until I was happy with the look. I then tapped Save (see Alternate Version at the bottom of this post) and Apply.
It was now time to add the Sketch version. I tapped Effects>Blend and chose Multiply.
I thought the bottom looked too busy so I created another mask using Basic brush 1/25 and lowered the Opacity to 0.35.
Alternate image: This is how it looked after creating the mask and before applying the sketch. I like it a little more than with the sketch. The title came to me at this point in the process.
I was now ready to add my logo/watermark in iWatermark.
The final step was creating the Before and After photo in Leonardo.
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