Monday, September 8, 2014

"Five More Images Near Clare Michigan" Corel

The Trail to the House

Stump With Mushrooms and Ferns

Swamp Woods II

Swan Planter Empty

Windmill Tower II


Programs used:


  • Corel PSP Pro X3, Filter Forge Freepack Frames, "The Trail to the House"
  • Corel Painter Photo Essentials 4, Corel PSP Pro X3, Filter Forge Freepack Frames, "Stump With Mushrooms and Ferns"
  • Corel Painter Photo Essentials 4, Corel PSP Pro X3, "Swamp Woods II"
  • Corel PhotoPaint, Corel PSP Pro X3, "Swan Planter Empty"
  • Corel Painter Photo Essentials 4, Corel PSP Pro X3, "Windmill Tower II"
I used various steps for each of the above images from near Clare, Michigan. I did them a while ago, so I don't remember everything I did on each. So I have listed the programs I remember using. I most cases I do remember adjusting the Saturation Vibrancy on them to varying degrees.

I am Listening to "Paul Platt" on SoundCloud as I write this blog post. +Paul Platt great sounds for the background while posting. Thanks, Paul!



Saturday, September 6, 2014

"Triple Play, Images From Near Clare, Michigan" Corel

Creek Woods Digital Watercolor

Grunge Old Pallet

Small Windmill

Programs used:


  • Corel Painter Photo Essentials 4, Corel PSP Pro X3 on "Creek Woods."
  • Corel PhotoPaint, Corel PSP Pro X3, Filter Forge Freepack Frames on "Grunge Old Pallet"
  • Corel PhotoPaint, Corel PSP Pro X3, Filter Forge Freepack Frames on "Small Windmill"
I used various tools like Local Equalization and Tone Curve in PhotoPaint, Frames from Filter Forge, And added signature in PSP Pro X3. I took the original photographs with my Canon Rebel XTi, near Clare, Michigan. 

My August 2014 Project was a success and I am hoping to post more often to gatzkART!. Look forward to other postings this month. I still have photographs from the Clare, Michigan area, and a lot of Dover Publication sample Clip Art for Digital Collages. 

Friday, August 22, 2014

"Vintage Woman and Horse on Paper Digital Collage" Corel - Dover

Vintage Woman and Horse on Paper Digital Collage


Had some time today to work on this Digital Collage. I used some images from StockVault's Free Textures (the vintage paper background,) and some Dover Publication Samples (Woman and Horse, Florals, and Art Deco Flourish.)

I opened the Woman and Horse in Corel PhotoPaint, here I applied the Tone Curve to deepen the colors. I separately opened the Vintage Paper (I cropped this image,) and here pasted the Woman and Horse, using the property Subtract.

I searched through my collection of Dover sample clip art for the Florals and added them, resizing and darkening with the Tone Curve before merging them. I used Color Burn and Multiply to add them with transparency. I added my signature using Color Burn for a burnt tone. I resized in Corel PSP Pro X3 and added Image Information: Title, Copyright, Sources and Programs used. I added a Mustard border to the image and saved the iteration you see here.

I have been extremely busy this month with an unrelated Project which will conclude at month's end. I am looking forward to creating more Art and playing and recording music with my 12-String Seagull Guitar in the near future. Not counting watching my Grandson!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

"Trellises Bark Siding Shed" Corel - Audacity and Line 6

Trellises Bark Siding

A simple post today. A touch of workflow. I took this photograph near Clare, Michigan, with my Canon Rebel XTi. I opened it in Corel PhotoPaint. There I applied Local Equalization and used the Tone Curve for upping the color depth a bit.

I opened the saved large iteration in Corel PSP Pro X3 and flipped the photograph. I added Vibrancy with the Saturation tool. I also added a layer of my signature in white, which doesn't detract from the image a bit. I adjusted the size for display here and saved the medium file.

I have been experimenting with my Music using my Line 6 PodXTLive, and the Gearbox software. I used a drum backtrack that was fast rock and a beginning sound like a jet taking off. I had opened this in Audacity. I recorded E7 A7 B7 riff and also a Am Em G D riff on a subsequent new track with a differing beat. In other words I played around with two drum tracks and used a Clean guitar tone called "Clean Guitar Tone," to lay down a rhythm track through the Pod.

I used a different tone for the lead playing on both tunes. On the Am tune I used the tone Avenge-fold Seven. And on the E7 tune I used a Blues tone setting.

I played the leads, adjusted the timing in Audacity due to the Latency. I ended up with two fun tracks without vocals for my own enjoyment. I am getting used to the PoDXTLive and like it quite a bit thus far. I don't currently have the funds to purchase DAW Software so Audacity is my choice above other free recording software. For a free recording type of software it is very good to use. One of the best in my humble opinion.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

"Hummingbird Hook Globe Chimes" - Corel - "DADGAD Tuning Discussion"

Hummingbird Hook Globe Chimes


I have been very busy this past few weeks. I did this image from a Canon Rebel XTi photograph, taken up North in an area near Clare, Michigan. I opened the photograph in Corel PhotoPaint.

I used the Local Equalization tool on it, then applied the Tone Curve, adding depth to the color. I kept my image processing fairly straight forward. I added a Half-Tone frame with Filter Forge's Frames. I saved the large iteration.

I re-opened the image in Corel PSP Pro X3. Here I upped the color with a Saturation Vibrancy Boost. I added my signature as a layer in Black and then a layer in White. I saved the file in display size for this post.

I also have done some work musically. I now own a used Line 6 Pod XT Live for use with my recording. It is primarily a guitar Pod but I attempted to use the Gearbox software (from Line 6) with it and used a Clean guitar setting for recording with my Shure PG58 Mic.

I played and sang the basis of a DADGAD tune and recorded it with Audacity. Though I am still having some Latency problems with Audacity, but have learned a work around for that until I get my settings right. I then recorded, with my 12-String Seagull plugged in, using a setting called Clean Sweep and laid down a lead track.

I re-plugged in my Shure Mic and did some more vocals in a new track. I adjusted the tracks to match, and Mixed and Rendered to a Stereo file. Saving as a large Wav export and then an MP3 export of a different name.

I shared it with two friends and I have been told it sounded like a late 1960's style tune. Which I don't mind as I like the period of my roots in guitar playing and singing. I was pretty impressed with the results of my experiment with the Pod XT Live and Gearbox, recording with the free source Audacity.