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Converting Background to B & W

For this transition I used a Layer Mask to apply a selective monochrome effect. By using a layer mask, it's non- destructive and is you do like it you can go back and start over. So I started with the image of the monarch sitting on the flower petal, then I duplicated the Background layer, next I added a layer mask. A white box will appear in the layer palette, double-click on this and the Layer Mask palette will fly out. This allows you to configure the mask in a variety of ways. Click on the Color Range button and you'll see a new window appear with a color range picker, the cursor will change to an eyedropper tool. Click on the petals of the flower and the wings of the butterfly, then adj

Cumberland Island

This summer my husband and I visited Cumberland Island, Georgia’s largest barrier island along the Atlantic Coast. Now a National Seashore protected by the National Park Service, it was once the winter home of Thomas Morrison Carnegie and his wife, Lucy Coleman Carnegie, where they established the family’s lavish winter homes and hunting lodges. Of all the images I captured of this remarkable historic island, Dr. Johnston’s Apothecary was my favorite (above). I stood where he must have stood at his work bench looking into the forest beyond the window. Somehow the image transported me back in time where life seemed simpler yet probably a lot more difficult. . . in the late 1800’s. We don’t a

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