Anything that has fun content goes under this category.

Surfing Duck

Surfing Duck on Hollingworth Lake.

It isn’t very often that you see a Duck surfing on Hollingworth Lake in Rochdale, possibly due to the amount of sailing boats out on most weekends. There’s pollution to be considered as well so most ducks visiting the lake would only spend enough time for feeding and trying to chat the odd female up for a date.
Ok it’s a silly observation because most of us know that ducks don’t surf, not all the time anyway. So here’s a shot I got whilst the Polar Bear was having a Kit-Kat break and the Duck wanted to grab some of the limelight. He’s surfing on the outfall from the lake and I managed to grab the shot whilst the Duck was heading straight to my dinner plate.
This photo manipulation wasn’t meant to be perfect, I simply thought it would be a bit of fun to start off the weekend. If it brought a smile to your face then you are in the perfect mood that should last you to the local pub tonight.

Surfing Duck on Hollingworth Lake.

3D Mountain bike racing

3D Mountain bike effect with Adobe Photoshop.

I really like Mountain biking, mainly watching of course. It’s one of the greatest sports brought to us in the last decade.
I’ve made lots of 3D effect photos for people but they have always been of this ilk, see here. I wanted to try something different and maybe include my favourite sport into the bargain.
I have seen others try this method but most don’t really capture the idea of a 3D popup style effect. So here’s my attempt and it turned out a little more difficult than first imagined. Something I missed with this 3D Mountain bike effect was perhaps to include a little shading on the photo itself. By that I mean giving it some depth by adding shade to the border as it moves into the background. Definitely something I will add next time. I would also like to find a photo with the bikers head slightly more prominent so I can give that the same treatment too.

3D effect Mountain biker

Photo below is the original I used.

3D Mountain-Bike racer

Paper Cut Outs

Paper Cut Outs using Photoshop CS6

Not exactly a unique piece of art technique though Paper Cut Outs using Photoshop CS6 has some valuable uses.
You can make this in Adobe Illustrator, CS6, whatever’s easiest for you and your application. The picture below wasn’t originally made for any particular purpose as it was already in my portfolio. I just wanted to test out ideas for future projects. The profile itself was something I designed for a local Facebook website that was converted for summer and winter use, you can see it here if you wish.
First thing I envisage using this for, once perfected, is to find a suitable photo that I can add paper cut-outs to. I’m thinking if I cut people out of a scene, then paste them back again but with this paper cut-out look it’s going to look fantastic, erm maybe.
This example at first glance might look like I have just cast drop shadows all over the place, but no, it’s a lot more intricate than that. There’s plenty of drop shadows but also inner glow, some texturing, blending and a huge amount of layering.
Hope you like it, it’s just one more of those crazy things I do….

Not exactly a unique piece of art technique though Paper Cut Outs using Photoshop CS6 has some valuable uses.

3D snow scene

3D Snow scene for Christmas

I really enjoyed making this fun 3D Snow scene for Christmas. I came across a tutorial on making a scene like this using any Photoshop type software, Cs6 being the most favourable thing to use.
I simply had to have a go at it as it gave me an idea for using local landmarks in future projects. The tutorial was a massive 7 pages long and required you to register on several websites to get the necessary project files. This did not deter me and once all that was done I made a start of putting this photo below together. There was some very clever steps for getting the 3D effect, not just the way I normally do things either, lots of layers and time consuming masking etc’.
Some mistakes were made and I simply was not prepared to go back to repair them. I knew it was going to turn out great even after omitting some of the details the original author had included. I hope you like what I have created and that you keep your eye open for more to come. If you have a suitable photo taken at eye level (Which is best), send it in to me and we can have some fun with it.

3D snow scene for Christmas.

Royton Santa’s

Royton Santa’s how many can you find?

If you are looking for a larger version of the Royton Santa’s picture displayed on Facebook just click the photo below and it will expand to full size.
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Christmas Royton Santas, can you spot how many?