I Made A Pretty #mermaid #Photoshop
Did you know I have a secret obsession? It’s looking at what people can do with stock photos. I really enjoy a “before” and “after” look. When I started on my book publishing journey, there were not a lot of options. I ended up going the digital art route b/c even the stock photo places were not an everyday thing at that time. I sometimes wish I had started with stock photography, but I think my art is unique and I learned a lot about digital art in my journey. However, I am still intrigued with the stock photos that get transformed into art.
I had contemplated getting a subscription to a stock photo site. The only problem is it isn’t economical to pay that per month just “play” in Photoshop. I wanted to see if I could even do something. I downloaded some pictures from Pixabay and Pexels. Then they sat on my computer for like a month. Yesterday something took hold of me and I had the itch to try to make a picture. I started with these photos:
Then after some more fighting and arguing with my NIK plug-in and a few tweaks with my tablet brush I took it to this:
Hey, I always knew those water line brushes would come in handy, right? Then I got a migraine and had to sleep for an hour. This took me about 4 hours on and off to finish while doing laundry, trying to eat, and fighting with my plug-ins. So, the next time you cringe at paying somebody $100.00 for an eBook cover just remember it probably took them a lot more time to make the cover than you think.
I’d like to use this for promos and what not, but I’m not sure I trust the licensing on those free sites. I’m sure it’s fine for practice and editorial uses, but if I was going to make stuff for re-sale I’d get some stock from Deposit Photos or something like that. It’s a lot cheaper than being sued.
Or be like me and use Iray to render out photorealistic mermaids in Studio 😉
Oh and I absolutely love that pink fish! It’s so pretty!