Original Photo images:
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For this image, I converted the textures to greyscale, adjusted the brightness & contrast with Photoshop. Overlayed each image over the knee area at various opacities. With Photoshop, I used Multiply, Darken, Overlay and Hard Light modes to create the tattoo appearance. Once the image was in place, I used a soft brush tool to 'hand draw' over each image to give the ink pen effect.
This shows a sample of the steps for creating the tattoo....
The images below reveal how the stock photos were added to the tattoo...
Stock images provided for the April Photos.com Challenge:
I was pleased when Graphics.com announced "Study Hall Tattoo" placed second in the April Challenge. With this winning entry, I received three months of access to the Photos.com collection.
Link to view the six winning entries & browse the pages for all the submissions for April:
The story of a little girl blowing butterfly wishes into the wind and turning everything around her into color. This was my second entry for April. "Butterfly Wishes" required more time than I originally wanted to spend for a challenge. I kept working on it when time allowed. It was exhasting downloading the assortment of butterflies I wanted for the final image. Every butterfly image is a separate layer, with the background cropped out and then placed within the Photoshop file. The partial blue duotone cast created in Photoshop added to the overall image of the girl blowing her wishes into the wind and them coming true around her.