Fractalius Friday: The Second Installment
In case you missed it, my first attempt with Redfield's Fractalius plug-in was pretty neat. A week has passed, and the image now resides in my top 10 "interesting" flickr shots. Time will tell how long it stays there.
This time around, I wanted to try something other than just hitting the button and seeing what comes out. Most of my experimentation in the last week resulted in images that all had a similar look, so I set out to mix it up a bit. Due to the filter having quite a few slider adjustments to tweak, I am still a bit overwhelmed. Luckily, it has a random generator feature. After using the random generator for awhile, I was able to save about six custom filters.
This image is a result of two of my custom filters, with about a 70/30 split. I then used the Channel Mixer feature of Photoshop with the blue filter setting for monochrome. I adjusted levels for black and white, added a little brightness and contrast, and voilà, an image is born! I did use some layer masks to really fine tune some areas where the filter just didn't quite work out the way I wanted it to.
I hope you like it, I obviously do. And tune in next week for Part III of Fractalius Fridays.
And for reference, the original is here.