I found another picture to play with for Cee’s Black and White challenge.. this week was signs. Of course in looking for it, I found a bunch of others that I said, “Oh, that would be fun to tweak.” so I did. So instead of putting this as an entry into her challenge, I’m gonna just torture y’all with them here. Y’all have been warned. BTW the challenge can be found here, check it out, people take nice pictures.
So here is the picture I found. I knew I had a bunch more pictures with signs in them. There a ton of signs like this all over Skyrim for those who don’t fast travel. I use them all of the time. I do fast travel upon occasion, unless I have a mod that disables it (like this playthrough) but I love these signs.
As you can see, this is one of the games where my snow was blue. ^_^ I’ve since worked out what was causing that, but it did make for interesting screenshots. Because I planned to make this a black and white picture, the color of the snow really didn’t matter, but I did desaturate the photo beforehand. It helped a lot. Here’s what I came up with:
I didn’t add any of the falling snow, It was already there. The only thing I changed was the light and where it pointed. It’s supposed to be the middle of the night after all. I think I made the lantern a little too bright, but she’s also holding a torch in her hand (which is why it’s so bright to the left). Anyway, I like how it turned out.
The other picture I found was this one, which I didn’t exactly turn to black and white, but I wanted to give it a more moody feel. I came upon this blacksmith working one dark, rainy night and really liked how it looked, so I took a screenshot.
But the in-game night filter made everything brown and the blocky thing on the roof is an LOD (level of detail) artifact that hadn’t disappeared when I took the picture. The LOD’s are big when far away and smaller when closer, you see. I am trying to learn the rendering light tool and it’s still touch and go. I couldn’t get this one to behave. It was supposed to be a dim yellow, but it always came out bright white. I also added rain, but I can’t really see it…
And then there was this picture that I thought would be interesting to play with.
The thing with this picture is that it’s very bright, and it’s supposed to be during a snowstorm. The sky should be grey and foreboding. And the fire should be warm and welcoming. But instead it’s just… white. So I tried to make more interesting. I added snow, some more trees, and fiddled with the lights. I also fixed the shield where her arm is clipping through it because that bothered me. ^_^
And that’s it. Photoshop is fun to play with. I’m learning new things every day. I haven’t mastered it by a long shot, but yeah… It’s a good way to pass a few hours.