Ink Stamp Heart – Step by Step

If you recall, one of my goals was to do a video showing my work process from beginning to end.  This is not quite a video, but instead a step by step of my Ink Stamp Heart image with photos. I created these photos after the image was complete. Mostly because if I showed you all the deleted and rejected versions, it would take you all day to go through them. I love to experiment, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.

Image Layers

This is the original image. I found this old, wooden ink stamp in an antique store years ago. I knew that I would want to do something cool with it, I just didn’t know what.

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Original photo of an old ink stamp

Using a Topaz Adjust filter, I gave the image a boost. The shape tool in Photoshop helped me create a heart mask. So the mask would not have a perfect edge, I used small brushes to roughen the edges because love isn’t perfect.

I copied the first layer, sized it down, kept the drop shadow, and deleted the Topaz filter. I kept both of these layers as smart objects, so that I can go back and change them later if I need to.

Texture and Background

Smoky black and white images helped me create a texture on the background. While a mask with a drop shadow created another heart. Additionally, I used an odd shaped brush to give even more texture.

It’s all about Love, isn’t it?

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All layers before the color is added. I admit that I kind of like it that. Maybe I’ll make a black and white with no color also.

Final Image

Finally, I added a black and white adjustment layer with a red tone, added my signature, and saved it. Blend modes on layers are great to play with!

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Love stamped on hearts

This image is available as a print, greeting card, and other accessories on my website. 

To see heart art by other artists, click here.

Weathered in Tennessee

The Weekly Photo Challenge is weathered. I have many versions of weathered buildings and places. This gallery is from a Tuesday Trekkin’ trip in 2017.

 

Cold Creativity

In the dead of winter, when it’s cold and dreary outside is a good time for me to experiment and get a little more creative with my photos.  Feedback is always welcome!

2018 Goals

Looking back on 2017, I realized that I didn’t set any goals for the year. I thought maybe that’s why I felt so much like I was just floundering about and not getting anywhere. So, I decided to set some goals and share them. These are simple, attainable, clear goals.

Create at least 1 training video

After attending Photoshop World in 2016, I have wanted to share my passion with others just starting out or anyone interested in my work and how I do things.

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A composite map of Budapest with an antique map and a recent photo of the Budapest Parliament Building

Go to the beach

We used to go to the beach every year. I have not been to the beach in years. It is time. The ocean needs me.

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18 and on the beach

Set up my studio / office properly

My office has been a catch all space and it is difficult to work there. I need a clean space for taking photos, writing, working on heavily Photoshopped pieces. A cluttered space does not help me work.

 

Feel free to share your own goals in the comments! You can also share the link to your blog.