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H.H.Bennett

In 1865 H. H. Bennett began a career as a photographyer — and Wisconsin Dells would never be the same. By combining mechanical skills with an inherent love of nature, Bennett was able to produce technically amazing, aesthetically mesmerizing landscape and personal portrait photographs. His images were so compelling that they sparked a tourist influx and helped foster the growth of one of Wisconsin’s most beloved tourist destinations.

After Bennett’s death in 1908, his family kept his vision alive. His widow Eva was 44 and had two young daughters. She kept the studio going using the techniques Bennett taught her and passed that knowledge to her children, Miriam and Ruth. During the 1950s the family created a museum in the studio Bennett ran. The family preserved and displayed Bennett’s original equipment, negatives and prints.

This layout combines a sketch technique with which I’ve been practicing and something different than how I normally create with Anna’s FotoInspired templates.

FotoInspired Template
  • Clip photos to masks of template 6, FotoInspired Template Pack 2P.
  • Add Adjustment layers to turn the majority of the photos to black and white.
  • Reduce the size of all layers to about 35%.
  • Create a composite of all the layers.
  • Frame the composite with psd frame 2 from ArtPlay Palette For the Record.
  • Clip composite of file 2 from ArtsyKardz Embers MultiPack above the photo composite. Change the blend mode to Color Burn.

Note: I deleted the layers with all the photos clipped to the template layers by accident.

Fill Background with a Sketch
  • Resize the sketch to fit the page.
  • Clip copies of sketch to png masks 2 and 6 from Ember FotoBlendz No. 1.
  • Above the masked copies clip Artsy Papers 1 and 2 from ArtPlay Palette Ember to the top sketch. Change the blend mode to Color Burn.
  • Then clip composites of files 1 and 4 from Artsy Transfers Embers on Color Burn.
  • Next clip copy of the photo on Color Burn at 60% opacity to the sketch.
  • Place another copy of the photo and clip a composite of transfer 6, both on Color Burn at 50%.

Note: I experimented with different blend modes, positions and opacities to colorize my sketch with paper and transfers.

Embellish

Position layers of file 1 from MultiMedia Branches No. 17 above the frame.

This is a wonderful little museum for those who love photography.

Pomeranian Please

With Kate in second grade now and me at home, it isn’t easy to stay in touch. I try to message or Facetime with her everyday just to see what’s happening. We had a longer conversation than usual on Wednesday which continued on Friday. Poor baby, she wanted a dog for her birthday, a little Pomeranian.

Design to Accommodate Story
  • Place the dialogue of messaging with Kate on the left.
  • Place layers of file 4 from Embers FotoBlendz No. 1 on the right for a photo.
  • Position journaling below photo on the right.

Note: I changed screenshots of dialogue from my iPhone to black and white in Lightroom before cutting and pasting them together. I then created a composite and added a Hue and Saturation Layer to give the screenshots a warmer look. I changed the blend mode to Linear Burn.

Clip Photo to FotoBlendz Layers
Background
  • Place Solid Paper 2 from ArtPlay Palette Embers. Reduce the opacity to 50%.
  • Below the Solid Paper 2, place solid paper 1 at 100%.
  • Above both papers, place Transfer 1 from ArtPlay Palette Embers. Mask as needed to ensure photo is clearly visible.
Embellish

Back to School

Kate and I walked to school this morning. As she reached out her hand to hold mine, she talked about hoping her bestfriend, Gabriella, was in her class. There were no noisy lines of kids standing behind teachers holding signs. I reminded her to wear her mask and to wash her hands often as she waved and walked through the door.

After school, I called Kate on FaceTime to see how her first day
went. Kate said she sat next to Gabriella in class. “Like right next
to her?” I asked. “No,” Kate responded. “We spread out our arms
and if we could touch fingers we had to move further away.” She
told me she liked PE best because they played games.

Template
Photos
  • Clip photos to masks.
  • Adjust with Adjustment Layers as needed.
  • Convert one photo to black and white with Adjustment Layer.
  • Remove mask below journaling.
MultiMedia Document
  • Place layers of file 3 from MultiMedia Documents No. 2 below the black and white photo.
  • Adjust width to fit the title and journaling block.
  • Turn off layers not needed.
  • Move the UrbanThreadz layer to line up with title.
Cluster
  • Place layers of file 2 of MultiMedia School No. 1 to the side of the journaling.
  • Reduce size of layers to 85%.
  • Turn off thread layer.
  • Above the multimedia leaves, place pencil from ArtPlay Palette Axiom. Recolor and give it a shadow.
  • Place chalkboard from ArtPlay Palette Time. Add name.
  • Place pencil shaving from ArtPlay Palette Studious. Recolor and mask as needed.
Background
  • Place mask 3 from 12×12 Page FotoBlendz No. 2 just above the background layer.
  • Clip two copies of graph paper from ArtPlay Palette Studious to mask. Change the blend mode of the top layer to Hue.

Going to school during a COVID-19 pandemic doesn’t seem to bother Kate at all, not like it bothers me.

To the Moon

Kate told me the other day that she’s looking forward to going to second grade soon. I know she wants to see her friends again. However, it’s not definitive yet whether she’ll physically attend class or be at home remote learning on her computer. The COVID infection rate here is over eleven percent. I think I’d rather we take a little trip to the moon.

Mask Photo
  • Open photo in Photoshop. Add Black and White Adjustment Layer. Adjust.
  • Create a composite by pressing Command, Option, Shift + E.
  • Using the Elliptical Marquee tool, make a circle around just the faces on the composite.
  • Click add layer mask while still on the photo.
  • Apply layer mask.
Design
  • Place space man from Bonus with this week’s release on solid paper 1 from ArtPlay Palette Twilight Zone.
  • Just below the spacesuit layer, place the small round photo. Adjust size and position. Reduce opacity to 60% to make it look like it’s behind the suit’s face window.
  • Decide where to place title and journaling.
Add MultiMedia
Transfers

Note: I created the title by erasing part of a word art from Twilight WordART Mix No. 1. Next I use Adobe Garamond Pro in different weights and sizes to create the rest.

Superman Needed

A small spaceship with a baby inside landed in a fictional town in the American countryside. Named Clark Kent by the couple who found him, the child developed superhuman abilities: incredible strength and impervious skin. His foster parents advised him to use his abilities for the benefit of humanity, and he decided to fight crime as a vigilante. I think that’s just what we need now in this land, a superhero, like Superman, to repair this American mess.

Often I experiment and a page just evolves. That’s the case with this layout. Initially, I was practicing with a sketch technique that I learned from Zwyck, another team member, a technique that she shared several years ago on Anna’s old blog

MultiMedia
Artsy Transfers
  • Below the shadow box, place layers of Artsy Transfers Salute 2 and 5.
  • Adjust the color of the blue layers of file 2 with a Hue and Saturation Adjustment layer.
  • Arrange layers as desired to fill in the background around the shadow box.
Extraction
  • Extract Superman using the Object Selection Tool
  • Add a custom shadow.
  • Below the extraction place the layers of file 1 from Artsy Transfers Salute.
  • Delete the color transfer layer from file 1.

Note: I extracted the Superman emblem from another photo of my grandson’s shirt and placed it inside the shadow box.

Flag Sketch

I am close to memorizing Zwyck’s technique. I labeled the layers in the Layers Panel as I worked with a jpeg photo. Once I finished, I created a composite. After I moved the layers to my layout, I extracted the flag from the sky. I changed the shadows to match the direction the flag was blowing.

Light Up the Sky

With the pandemic, I’m not getting out to photograph as much as I have previously. I miss it. So I wrote about a favorite photo of my granddaughter: I remember the joy of seeing you all dressed up, marching across the yard with a little flag in hand. I missed our normal July 4 this year, but I’m hopeful to see you will light up the sky again next year.

Extraction
  • With Object Selection Tool, outline subject from background.
  • With the ants marching around the subject, click layer mask icon.
  • Adjust mask in properties panel and refine directly on the mask with a small round hard brush.
  • Place extraction above framed mask layer from file 2 of MultiMedia Salute No. 1.
Make Changes
Background
  • Place Transfer 6 from ArtPlay Palette Salute above solid paper 1. Blend mode Normal
  • Place Overlay 2. Blend mode Normal.
  • Place Lace from ArtPlay Palette Salute to left of frame.
  • Place Transfer 3 and change the blend mode to Linear Burn. Adjust color of blue with a Hue and Saturation adjustment layer.
  • Add layer mask to Transfer 6 to mask out overlapping parts to keep color as desired.
  • Place text from Salute WordART Mix No. 1 just above the paper. Change to Linear Burn Blend mode at 50% opacity.
Title and Splatters

Etching

My father was color blind, but he collected art: some in color and others like this etching in black and white. The artist, Rodger Stone, etched scenes of Northern California into a brass plate, made numbered prints from the plate and then punched a hole in the brass plate when he finished so that it couldn’t be used again. I have a grouping of framed etchings, including this one, hanging on the wall above the punched brass plate for this etching.I have a grouping of framed etchings, including this one, hanging on the wall above the punched brass plate for this etching.

The new charcoal brushes reminded me of the etching that my dad had given me. I needed to scan the etching to use it on a layout, but I didn’t want to remove the etching from it’s custom framing. I saw a Persnickety blog post recently about scanning with your mobile phone. I followed the instructions. The hard part was finding a place to take the photo without seeing the glare of the glass or a reflection. I took this shot under a table. Try not to laugh. I’m definitely going to try this scanning technique again but on an unframed photo..

Scan and Mask

Note: I masked and sized it to leave just one of the mats around the etching.

Stamp Brushes
Overlay

Place Edge Overlay 2 from ArtPlay Palette Bravura on the right side just above the paper.

Cluster

Note: I adjusted the size of the elements in my cluster.

My dad would be so pleased.

That Time When

It’s that time of year when my Happy Days daylilies bloom. While the blooms don’t last long, massed, the display is beautiful with my Rozanne geraniums. The best feature of daylilies is how easy they are to grow. I cut them to the ground in the fall and they return in the spring. Every four or five years, I divide them.

This layout combines layers from two templates, an extraction and some artsy transfers.

Template
Clip Photos to Fotoblendz Mask and Small Frames
  • Clip large photo to template’s mask and stains.
  • Clip detail photos to small frames.
  • Duplicate the small photo on the left. Use the Object Selection tool to extract and mask.
  • Erase parts of extraction to make it appear as if it is tucked inside the frame.
  • Add a small shadow to the extraction.
Fill in Background
  • Move the fotoblendz mask, stains and tissue paper of template 8 from Special One Template Album No. 1 below the layers of template 12.
  • Place title from template 8 in left corner above tissue paper.
  • Clip another photo to the mask and stain layers and adjust photo position.
Artsy Transfers and Splatters

Gnome in My Garden

Kate gave me this gnome for Mother’s Day a couple of two years ago. She used to sit on the porch and play with him. Both of us were sad when he broke. Remember him Kate.

Extractions are part of my style. I use the technique frequently. There are also products I use often to create my style of digital scrapbook pages, for example the Artsy Transfers that Anna Aspnes creates from the paper in her ArtPlay Palettes. This page combines an extraction, a brush and layers from three different transfers available in Artsy Transfers Veranda.

Brush and Extraction
  • Stamp brush 1 from Garden No. 1 on a new blank layer in black. Change the blend mode to Linear Burn at 100%.
  • Place photo and reduce size to fit in front of the brush layer. Extract using the Object Selection Tool which is available in Photoshop CC.
  • Add a custom shadow.
Artsy Transfer 4
Artsy Transfers 1
  • Place the layers of file 1 from Artsy Transfers Veranda below file 1.
  • Arrange, recolor and delete layers as needed. Note I only used 4 of the transfer layers.
Artsy Transfer 3
  • Place the layers of file 3 from Artsy Transfers Veranda.
  • Adjust the position of the layers to create a block of stripes. Delete layers as needed.
Duplicate Layers to Fill White Space

I used elements from ArtPlay Palette Veranda and MultiMedia Flowers No. 1 to create the cluster to the left of my gnome photo.

Happy Place

Siberian iris grew in my garden for several years until I changed my mind. Over the years, I have had a policy that if a plant doesn’t behave for me, I dig it up and plant something else. The irises delivered beautiful blooms for about a week each year, but the heavy plants had to be divided every other year. I replaced them. The blooms in the white pitcher above were from my yard.

FotoBlendz
  • Place Solid Paper 1 from ArtPlay Palette Veranda on a new blank 12×12 document.
  • Place layers of file 1 of Veranda FotoBlendz No. 1 above the paper.
  • Duplicate the fotoblendz layer. Clip the photo to the top layer. Change the opacity of the mask to 50%. Clip a copy to the second mask layer. Change the blend mode of the mask to Darken and opacity to 100%. Both photo copies are Normal at 100%.
  • Clip photo copies to layers below. Recolor the texture layer.
  • To ensure that the handle on the photo shows, extract just the handle on one copy using an inverted layer mask.
Place Paper Overlay 1

After placing the Overlay 1 from ArtPlay Palette Veranda below the psd fotoblendz layers, I worked with the sizing of the photo and placement so that the flowers looked like they were tucked inside the paper envelop.

Build Background
  • Stamp two copies of brush 6 from ArtPlay Palette Veranda on the right side using a black brush. Mask out with a layer mask as desired.
  • Add color with brushes 2, 7, 11 and 16 stamped in a purple on new layers to add color.
  • Place Artsy Paper 1 just above Solid Paper 1. Add an inverted mask to the layer and use a soft round brush to reveal part of the artsy paper.
Embellish
  • Place the layers of file 4 from MultiMedia Flowers No. 9 above the photograph layers.
  • Reduce the size to about 85%. Place over handle of pitcher.
  • Replace the flowers included in the MultiMedia file with the flowers in the ArtPlay Palette. Reduce the size. Add layer masks and use a hard round brush to make them appear that they are tucked inside the ribbon.
  • Place word art from Grow WordART Mix No. 1 on the left.

Now, I occasionally buy the blue iris buds available at the market to photograph at home.

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