Before and After #4

The title should be Friday Snippet#something, but I landed in Washington State a few hours ago and unless I’ll be struck by the literary Muse later on during the day, I’m afraid there will be only awesome photo manipulation to look at this glorious Friday. It could be worse. I could hit you with some of my sad-days writing. And nobody wants to read that, starting with yours truly.

For this Before and After post I used a recent picture I shot at my parents’. On the front side of their house, under a lovely window that already got one of my makeover treatments, there’s this big terracotta vase that used to host a magnificent aloe plant. This year, winter in Umbria was particularly rigid and the poor plant suffered under the freezing snow and died. Now, only its ghost remains.

The Long Gone Aloe

The original image shot with my iPad. Unrelated to the quality of the picture and also unnecessary to the post, but my iPad has a pink cover. From my laptop to my cell phone, everything is pink. Just to give some background noise. I’m aware I should be writing my daily quota of words instead…

Vaso immagine originale rigirata


















During my flight from Rome to Amsterdam, I worked on it with Brushes for iPad: a little bit of accent here and there to make the colors shine and wrongly positioned the picture inside the canvas. No worries, nothing it can’t be fixed later.

Brushes Long Gone Aloe

The flight is only two hours, but it’s plenty of time to play with iPhoto and accentuate the color contrast and apply an artistic filter, a light oil.

The Long Gone Aloe











Time for some Paint.NET magic and the ink sketch filter. Also, some much needed cropping.

The Long Gone Aloe sketched















After the ink filter, I went back one step as usual and applied the oil filter on the iPhoto image.

The Long Gone Aloe oil















Finally, I applied the ink sketch filter on the oil image. This time, I must say this is probably my favorite of the whole bunch.

The Long Gone Aloe oil and ink















All in all, it was a productive way to spend a two hours flight, me thinks.

Before and After #4

Before and After #3

During our trip in the beautiful land of Umbria in 2007, we shot several hundreds pictures. In the ethereal city of Assisi, resting place of San Francesco, I discovered several hidden corners that begged to be immortalized.

Angolo Verde

The original picture














The image after a touch of iPhoto: the usual corrections, light balance and oil filter to the minimum.














The ink treatment with Paint.NET and a slight alteration of the light balance.

Angolo verde di Assisi, inked













Then, the softness of the oil color filter for a more whimsical rendition.

Angolo Verde, colori ad olio













Finally, to have some fun I applied the ink sketch filter right after the oil color plus the usual light adjustment. Love Paint.NET.

Angolo Verde, ink e colori ad olio insieme

Before and After #3

Before and After #2

Photo manipulation is a rewarding pastime.

Colorful Florence

The Original Image

A picture taken in Florence in 2007. I’m particularly fond of that Italian trip because good friends joined us for part of it.














Changed the light, color saturation, and added an oil filter with iPhoto.

Firenze iPhoto signed













Furthermore changed color saturation and light on Paint.NET and applied the ink sketch filter.

Firenze sketched and signed













Went back a step and applied the Paint.NET oil filter on the image modified with iPhoto.

Firenze oiled and signed

Before and After #2

Before and After

Drawing away toward new destinations thanks to a brand new app (for me), iPhoto.

Una finestra su Rovigno

The Original Image

A picture I took two years ago when I visited beautiful Rovinj in Croatia.












I painted the picture with Brushes for iPad and added some blank space I’ll use later.






















Then I worked on the altered image with iPhoto, changing the light and the color saturation.






















On the iPhoto layer I applied the Paint.NET ink filter. I used the blank spaces to add the image’s title and my name.

Una Finestra su Rovigno inked





















Finally, still using Paint.Net, I changed the color saturation again and applied the oil filter on top of the inked layer.

Una Finestra su Rovigno oiled





















I went back one more time on Paint.NET and I applied the oil filter directly on the picture altered with iPhoto, skipping the inked layer.

Una Finestra su Rovigno ad olio

Before and After