Variations on a Collection of Leaves

by Airycat  

I've been in a horribly cranky mood all day, so I ended up playing with GIMP rather than stitching. :(

Basically, what I did here was create an image of leaves. I started with a brown background. Each leaf (my own photos - selected and beveled) was put on a different layer and duplicated until I felt I had enough coverage. I added a section of a photo that had my gray back fence in it, using it for texture.

without the fence and before playing with modes.

I played around with modes until I had an effect I liked (bottom right corner). At that point I right clicked on my layers dock and chose 'New from Visible.' (Great option!) I made two copies that way and copied and pasted them into a new image and played again with the modes. Each time I got something I liked I made a 'New from Visible,' so not only are there different modes, but layers of modes (sort of) as each new layer added to the effect. There are a few that look like repeats, but the first is just the subtle difference of adding the second to the mix. (These are all in reverse order since I saved them from the top down.)

I used my Irfanview (another free program) to create the combined photo below because I'm very familiar with using it that way and it's faster than I can do in GIMP. I made the image map in GIMP because it's pretty easy to do there. I also added the black lines in GIMP.

Click on each different view and it'll take you to the larger picture.

The red one doesn't look like much. I was disappointed, but I played around with it and below are two bumpmaps of it. The first one has the default setting. In the second I increased the azimuth, elevation and depth. I also did some colorizing, but, although the other leaves did show up again, the color was very dull, so I didn't save it.

red leaves

This is an endless game. Each "New from Visible" image leads me to more possibilities. Some of these new images would make great backgrounds or textures, themselves.

I am learning how different colors interact with each other. I'm sure as I become more familiar with it, it will help in other artistic endeavors.

Amazingly, all of this really helps the crankiness, too!

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