One-Four Challenge: October Week Three

Here’s my October week three edit for Robyn’s One-Four Challenge.

Week Three Edit 3

I’ve been playing around with this week’s image so much that I’m really not sure what steps I took to reach the final version – but I’ll try to remember as best I can!

I began with the week one edit which I opened in Camera Raw where I increased both contrast and clarity by quite a lot. A number of other sliders also moved, but I’m not sure which or by how much.

I then took the image into Photoshop Elements 13 where I added a black and white gradient map. This was then shifted into the reddish tones using the smart brush (which I’d never used before) on the ‘spooky’ setting.

Next I added a texture layer that I found here. Using the eraser tool I removed the texture from the spider web, bokeh and from some areas of the gravestones. I also faded it slightly in other areas. The opacity of the layer was then reduced. I might have also changed the blend mode. I then repeated the whole process with the texture layer reversed.

The next addition was a few spiders. As someone with a severe case of arachnophobia this was not a pleasant process! Even looking at pictures of spiders makes my skin crawl. I found two different spiders on Pixabay that I copied and pasted into the image several times, changing their sizes, orientation and opacity to suit. Several different blend modes were tried out, though I’m not sure which ones I actually used. As they all still looked a little too sharp I used the blur tool to soften their edges.

Whilst I’m not completely satisfied with this week’s edit (the spiders just don’t look right), I am glad I managed to create the composite image I’ve been wanting to for this month – even though it took me most of the week just to work out how to do it! I’m already looking forward to trying out some of the ideas I have for next week.

Here is the original image and all the edits together for comparison:

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20 thoughts on “One-Four Challenge: October Week Three

  1. This is fun and I don’t like spiders either!!
    Love the texture and tones and the spiders are effective even if you’re not entirely happy with them.
    The texture gives the whole image (to me) a dry as bones kind of feel.
    You’ve done so much and learned lots this week. Really nice work Louise 😀

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    1. Spiders are horrible creatures! I actually have a phobia of anything crawling on me – spiders are just the worst because they can and sometimes do! I pulled on a dressing gown just the other week and looked down to find a massive spider sat there. :S
      I’m glad you like the edit. This week has been a very steep learning curve!


  2. The layers are good fun Louise – even the spiders, which I don’t particularly enjoy… Great to experiment. I think we learn more by playing and trying things out, even if the immediate result is not always to our liking.

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    1. I’m glad you like them. 🙂 I’ve had great fun playing around with it this week. I feel I’ve learnt so much. The problem is remembering what I actually did to get the final results that I liked!

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  3. I came to find out if the spiders were real. I didn’t think so, but the smaller one on the middle headstone looks quite convincing and I wasn’t sure. I don’t mind spiders, actually, but these look rather scary.

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    1. I wouldn’t have been anywhere near them if they had been real! They’re very scary ones. I had to find images on pixabay with white backgrounds so I could easily cut the spider out and there wasn’t all that much choice. I think the reason I’m not all that happy with the spiders in this edit is because they don’t look all that convincing (probably because of their size as much as anything else) so I’m glad you thought at least one of them was! Thanks for visiting, Sonya. 🙂

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  4. I love how the hexagonal reflections of the sun rays are passing through the webs. And the color just adds a warm touch to it. ☺


    1. Thanks, Ameena. It was a lovely morning and the light was perfect for ‘catching sunbeams’. I love lens flare! The hexagonal reflections are called bokeh. 🙂

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    1. I’m so glad you like it! Spiders are horrible creatures but they’re essential in a spooky edit. 🙂 Usually I jot down settings as I go but sometimes I change things back and forth so much I completely lose track! Thanks for visiting.

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    1. I’m glad you like the spiders – it took me quite a long time to work out how to add them and make them look right! Hopefully the creepiness will increase even further in next week’s edit. 🙂


  5. Love the addition of the spiders! 😀 The texture is a nice effect too, I agree with Robyn that it has a dry as bones feel to it, which adds to the creepy factor.

    I’m terrified of bees and wasps… I have a bunch of photos of bees that I took because I made myself do it, and I got some great shots and they are actually kind of cute in a scary way with their leg sacs full of pollen and pollen all over their face. I however, will NEVER try to photograph a wasp… nope, never going to do it. Those things are pure evil. Photographing spiders is creepy, yes, but like the bees if you have a long lens and don’t disturb them, they tend to allow you to photograph them and you can get over some of your anxiety. But I totally understand that there are some insects that your mind will not let you even attempt. For me that’s wasps… I wonder what the phobia name is for ‘fear of wasps’… 😐

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