So what is hybrid photo art? Well, first of all, it is not my favorite thing to do with my photography, nor is it something for which I want to be known. That said, it can be fun.
I don't call it photography. It is just a different type of fun art. I don't pass this off as my photography because it isn't, though it does include a photograph--thus my term "hybrid."
I call it hybrid photo art because it is part photography and part computer software application. It's a form of digital mixed media, which I mention in my book. The base, or foundation, for each hybrid piece is a photograph. Then, different "filters" or software applications are added to the original photo image to create a hybrid---a modified version
or rendition of the original image. I always like both versions for different reasons. Non photographers especially seem to love this type of art.
Depending on the type and amount of software application(s), some of these renditions look like book illustrations; some look like pen & ink drawings; some look like something in a
sci fi comic book; and some, to the untrained eye, can just look like awesome over-the-top photographs.
I'll start off by talking about different filters. The photo editing software I use offers tons of filters from which to choose. There are too many to list them all, but they include filters and sub-filters, found along the top task bar. For example, under the "Artistic" filter, found in the horizontal command menu, I have several sub-filters from which to choose, like Fresco, Plastic Wrap, Poster Edges, Cutout, etc. And there's more! Under each sub-filter I also have at least three sliders I can use to further fine-tune the final effects! Yes, it can be a bit intimidating at first, but just like anything, once you start experimenting with menus and sub menus you realize they are only options to select or ignore.
2) After a while, I lose track of which filter and sub-filter I used on each final hybrid piece!
Having learned the hard way, I have now created a code for myself to keep track of what application I used for each piece. For example, If I have a piece I call "1955 Corvette," to which I applied the Artistic filter and Poster Edges sub-filter, I title it "1955 Corvette_APE." However, there are two filters that start with S-- Stylize and Sketch. In that case, if I used
the Stylize filter, my title might be "1955 Corvette_STGE." That's my code for "Stylize" and "Glowing Edges," a sub-filter under Stylize.
There is nothing magical or "heady" about this. The two main tools are Filter and Select, both found along the top horizontal task bar. All I do is experiment with the applications, amount of applications, and slider increments. I look at the results and go back and fine
tune my adjustments if I don't like what I see, start all over, choose another filter/sub-filter,
or simply conclude that filtration is just not going to work for me.
I did not want to change. Once I make the selection, I enlarge the image, using the Zoom tool (See "zoom" under Navigation Tool on this link). That way, I can toggle around the selected part to make sure it's "clean;" that I didn't miss anything or didn't select part of the background I want to change. It's not rocket science; just careful spot checking and quality control.
I've kept you in suspense long enough. I'll start with an example that reflects the caveat
For this image of a 1961 Cadillac, I only wanted to apply a filter to the background without affecting the car itself. To do that, I carefully used the Quick Selection tool to select only the car. After I made sure my selection was a "clean" one, and with the selection still active,
selection. It helps to better see all the small details--in this case, tail lights, windshield
lines, bumper lines, etc.
For this piece, I made the same application to the entire image--no need to "select"
a portion of the original image.
Ditto on this one. The same filter and sub-filter might have a different "look" on different images, depending on the subject and different elements in the scene--like the street light in this downtown scene of Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
This sub-filter (under the "Stylize" filter) is called Glowing Edges.
Most companies have different product or service lines. They're all different, produced by the same companies. This form of art is just one of my product lines.