This next image is a closeup I took of the tank using a dark neutral density filter and a very slow shutter speed and then moved the camera side to side or up and down while the shutter was open.
The final result is very dull and there are a lot of dirt spots I have to remove before I can do anything with the image.
|Not a very pretty image!|
I use the levels tool to bring out contrast and detail, I add some color saturation and can even change the color to something else.
|This is with added saturation, but no color change.|
|Some of my favorite colors|
On the final image, I cut out a square portion in a duplicate image and pasted it into a new file. Then I used the smudge tool to draw a heart shape and smudged some swirls inside the heart. I did this pretty fast as I don't have the patience to make every thing look perfect. Besides, its not a perfect world.
I also used the posterize tool to see what would happen and I liked the effect it gave.
This is just a brief description of the process. It is a good idea to write everything that is done to an image right at the time it is being done. In my case, I remember to do it after and then I have to try to remember all the steps. I'm not a photoshop whiz, just like to dabble here and there.