It all started with this spring flower arrangement.
It really started with the tulips.
They are always calling my name at Walmart.
I try to look away. I try not to listen. I try to push on by and head for the frozen broccoli. But somehow, someway, those flowers end up in my cart.
I brought them home and added them to a couple of simple wire vases and arranged them in 7.24 minutes and took these pictures. When I edited the photos, they looked fine. Sufficient. Ordinary. Usual.
They looked like this photo above.
But I wanted more.
I wanted the flowers to truly stand out. I wanted the brilliant colors of the flowers to shine. I wanted the flowers to be the star of the show.
So I researched and looked and searched and read….
….and discovered this super cool photo editing technique.
So took this photo.
And made it look like this.
See how the rest of the photo is black and white.
Everything is neutral.
Everything is tone on tone.
Except the flowers.
Here’s the dining room with the flowers before.
Here’s a few more of the photos from the room with the same treatment.
Now, it’s not a photo editing technique I would use every day.
But for special occasions?
For fun Valentine’s Day cards?
Or Valentine’s Day printables?
Or a photo framed for someone for Valentine’s Day?
To highlight flowers or a heart or if you want one part of a photo to truly stand out, I think it’s a fun idea.
And it’s so easy.
Here’s how I did.
All of my photo editing usually begins and ends with PicMonkey.
There’s a free version and a paid version. I used this technique with the paid version, but there are tons of fun photo editing techniques you can use over there for free instead of this one if you don’t want to sign up for the paid version. The paid version isn’t very expensive. I think it’s under $40 for the year? I’m not sure exactly how much, but I know it’s really affordable. The little crowns by the words in the blocks indicate the part of PicMonkey that are included with the paid version (total aside: this is not a sponsored post, I’ve just been a big fan of PicMonkey for years).
Once you sign in at www.picmonkey.com, click edit a photo, then upload your photo and click on the wand with sparkles at the very top (you can see it there second down on the very, very left corner).
It will bring you to this screen.
Click on the Curves box.
It will pull up this box on the left.
Slide the color override button all the way to the right.
It will make the picture entirely black and white like this.
Then all you do is take your cursor (which is actually your brush now) and color in the photo in reverse.
You can adjust the size of your brush on the box in the middle of the screen.
If you over-color, just click on the effect button and uncolor your mistake.
I’m challenging myself this year to think outside the box.
To look at a challenge from a different perspective and learn to try new things and stretch my wings a little and stop along the way to smell more flowers.
Especially if they call my name on the way to the broccoli. 🙂
And now here’s a few other fun flower arrangement ideas from some of my favorite bloggers on the planet: