As you saw in the last post (From Mess to Masterpiece?), the Mess was a photo shot out of the window from our moving vehicle. We were on our way to find a safe place to pull over so I could capture a few photos of the giant turbines seeing we had ended up in the middle of a large wind farm. I was about to put this photo in my trash bin when the idea came that perhaps it would be a good candidate for my new From Mess to Masterpiece? feature on this blog site.
Here are the steps I took in order to produce the following result:
- In Lightroom 3, used the Auto Tone preset along with the preset Punch. Seeing that the horizon line was already not level, I took it a little further off and created a slightly more diagonal horizon.
- From LR3, selected Edit In and went to PS CS5.
- In CS5, duplicated the background and kept the name Background Copy.
- In the Background Copy layer, I removed the power lines using Content Aware and the path tool, spot healing brush and stroke path with brush feature in the path panel.
- Once the lines were gone and any cleanup was done, I then duplicated that layer and called it, Topaz Simplify.
- I chose the Topaz Simplify layer and took it into…you guessed it…Topaz Simplify. I processed it using the Buzz Sim preset (plus a few minor adjustments) and then back into CS5.
- Once back in PS, I placed the Simplify layer on top of the Background Copy layer, set a Soft Light overlay and adjusted the opacity to 85% – just enough to allow some of the details in the Background Copy layer to show through.
- Created a Stamp Layer of all the bottom layers, made a few minor adjustments like removing the small white puff of a cloud to the right of the largest turbine. It looked like a mistake rather than a cloud.
- Then saved it back into LR3 for cataloging.