You might think - well, yes, snow pictures are pretty but everybody takes them and in the end they all look the same. NOT so, if you have Photoshop Elements. Photographs which are taken with a lot of contrast often come out the best and photos with snow mean lots of contrast and the potential for silhouettes.
I went walking with a friend on Friday morning straight after it had snowed because where I live in the South of England, snow can disappear very quickly the same day. I took some quite simple shots with a point-and-click camera and now I feel I have the potential for some great photo manipulation.
I have been messing around with brushes and trying 'journal' type backgrounds so I literally sloshed colour onto several layers and came up with this (I didn't even like it to be honest):
At this point I thought what can I do with it? And then I thought of my snow pictures and dug out a picture. It was a little blackbird on a fence and with my x10 zoom I managed to get a reasonable shot even though I would have liked to be a bit closer:
I put the picture above the coloured background as a layer and tried different blending modes. When I came to Exclusion I thought - that's it! I duplicated the layer and applied another blend and this is what I got:
I love this. This would be great to print onto cloth now, add a border and do some great free motion embroidery.
This is a screenshot of the layers: