Photoshop Treatment With a Very Specific Application
A friend is preparing to paint her house, and she asked me to help her with some color palettes. I told her I could apply the hues in Photoshop so she could get an idea of what looked good with her architecture. Of course, I couldn’t leave it at that. Anyone who has friends who are graphic designers knows to be careful what favors you ask of them. I’ve seen this little trick in Photoshop, and I thought the image of her house might be a good candidate for the polaroid collage. It’s not a difficult technique, but it does result in a lot of repetitive layers that need to be meticulously organized and labeled.
The tutorial I used showed its finished product on a black background, but I tried a couple of other treatments. I desaturated one of the original images, and I also tried a neutral grey background. However, the neutral grey was so close to the color of the roof that I had to warm it up a bit. I also used three different images—the three color schemes.
Admittedly, this doesn’t function as well as the plain, colorized images as a guide for choosing paint colors, but it was fun. I think this technique would be great with travel photos.