Hello there. I am Terry and I am a full-time undergraduate based in Singapore. I take photos, write a blog and design websites.

And no, I'm not a teddy bear.

Painting on canvas

On the first weekend of 2009, I decided to do something meaningful. So I chose to play around with Photoshop (not as if I’ve mastered it completely). My inspiration came from a tutorial from Digital Camera magazine’s April 2008 issue, which teaches readers how to create artistic, painting-like images from photos. I’ve slightly modified the steps so suit my liking. Here are the final products of the three photos that I’ve randomly chose to photoshop. All the painted photos are available in a larger resolution.

Chongjyn, painted.

Chongjyn, painted.

Chongjyn, original.

Chongjyn, original.

The original photo was taken during an outing to a nearby supermarket after university orientation. Alongside with other seniors, Chongjyn brought we freshmen around to get our daily necessities. Thanks! Portraits photos are so much easier to photoshop because the human skin tone justifies the use of a warmer colour.

What I did: Using layer mask I selectively revealed the face (surface blurred in advance so that it contains less details). Faint paint strokes are visible in the air and on the tee, and a canvas texture is overlayed over the entire image to give it a painting feel.

Adeline with Ben & Jerry's ice cream, painted.

Adeline with Ben & Jerry's ice cream, painted.

Adeline with Ben & Jerry's ice cream, original.

Adeline with Ben & Jerry's ice cream, original.

This photo of Adeline, a friend of mine hailing from the same country as me (Malaysia, and no, we don’t live on trees!), was taken during a club outing to Sentosa Island. The sun was exceptionally mean that day and we’ve decided to get ice cream from Ben & Jerry! We settled for Smores, which is basically chocolate + nuts and everything nice. We spent the next 15 minutes struggling to finish the ice cream as it melted under the tropical afternoon blazing hot scorching sun.

What I did: I repeated the same steps as the previous painting, but also isolated the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and increased the saturation, to give it more emphasis and visibility.

Coral in hand, painted.

Coral in hand, painted.

Coral in hand, original.

Coral in hand, original.

This photo was taken during the International Coastal Cleanup (Singapore), on the 20th of September 2008. As a person passionate about the environment (actually I have no qualms being labelled as a tree hugger) and a member of my univerisity environmental group, Earthlink NTU, I participated in the event doubling as a photographer. For that year we were in-charge of a 100m stretch around the Kallang Basin, but we ventured beyond that to gather more trash. During the process we found a piece of dead coral on the sand. I took it back to my room, cleaned it with a toothbrush and then sun-dried it. Now it sits happily on my desk as a paper weight.

What I did: After painting in the hand, I adjusted the opacity of the pen and starting painting halos around the hand to create the fading away effect.

On a side note, I’ve just upgraded to WordPress 2.7. I actually have it installed locally (thanks Nick for writing a very useful tutorial on how to get it done) for testing purposes, but due to some plugin incompatibility I can only wait until the authors release a WP2.7 compatible version. The upgrade process is rather painless and quick, but be sure that you have to preserve all .htaccess files in your folders, to prevent any possible 500 Internal Server Error message from flying right into your face. It is also highly recommended that you deactivate all plugins before starting (not to mention cross-checking the list of compatible plugins) and backing up your MySQL database just in case. WordPress codex has a comprehensive article on how to upgrade your WordPress.

Have a great week ahead everyone!

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