Samsung Note 8 and Photoshop Mix — Post One

After I got done playing with Snapseed I turned my attention and curiosity to Photoshop Mix. It’s an Android app I’ve had on my phone for a while but previously I’d only casually checked out.

I had a few moments where I wasn’t motivated enough to do anything involved but was also bored by not doing anything at all and I decided to play with the app.

Once again, everything in here has been created and/or captured using the Samsung Note 8 and all edits are done on the Samsung Note 8. I then transfer the files to the PC so that I can output them using Lightroom (how I add the watermark).

For them not interested in reading, you can go directly to the SmugMug Gallery HERE.  
For a slideshow click HERE. When you click the link, it will open in a new window and you have two options:
1) Manually scroll through the photos by clicking the “<” and “>” symbols to the left or right of the photos.
2) There’s a PLAY/PAUSE button at the bottom-left of the screen with the transition set at about 5 seconds. Note: clicking the PLAY arrow will run a full-screen slideshow. You can then still use the”<” and “>” symbols to the left or right of the photos as this will pause the slideshow.

If you want the full experience, keep reading

The above mix combines a photo the lotus plants and flowers from the pond at the King Shops of Waikoloa with a photo of one of Melisa’s quilts. 

Photoshop Mix lets you take any number of photos, apply basic “looks” and then blend them in various ways. 

For instance, this next mix adds a photo of waterdrops, a photo of a utility pole, and a photo of a leaf on the ground (all of which have appeared individually in recent posts).

This is where I need to add a disclaimer . . . I like these. It doesn’t mean others have to like them. After all, I ain’t no big name artist that can throw a bunch of stuff together and call it art. I be just a regular guy looking for things I find visually appealing. 

By visually appealing I mean combining shape, texture, and colors in interesting and visually stimulating ways. That’s a very objective thing. 

If you happen to not like this sort of thing, don’t feel as if you have to read this or the following posts showcasing these efforts. Especially, don’t feel like you need to tell me this isn’t your cup of tea (or coffee, or booze, etc.) Instead, you should go look at one of my other 2,000+ posts and see if anything strikes your fancy. If not, well . . . the Internet is big. Really big. Don’t rely on just this site for entertainment. Go explore.  

Here’s another mix combining waterdrops and a utility pole and the 666 Reserved photos . . . 

I didn’t restrict myself to photos . . . Oh, no! I also played with integrating some of my doodles. 

This next mix has three doodles mixed together . . . or, maybe four; frankly, it’s difficult to tell and I didn’t document what I was doing. 

Something I’ve not worked out is how some of the sizes changed. Some remained at the native resolution and some increased to a much larger in size than the original. I suspect it has to do with the photos I’m using and how they are merged but I didn’t notice it until after I looked at the files I saved so I don’t know what determines the output size. 

If the blending highlights the structure, I can usually tell the photos making up the composite. For instance, the above is a photo of a door and of a palm tree. But, there’s other stuff in there and that other stuff affects the combination of colors. I’m guessing the above may have at least two other photos or doodles making up the total. 

That’s the one thing that might classify these as art . . . they are unique and near-impossible to recreate. In fact, I lost a couple of versions when I was learning the tool. That in itself is difficult to do, but I managed it.  

The above uses a mural I’ve yet to share and the overlap of two different quilts. 

This next one is a different part of the mural combined with one of my doodles . . . 

. . . while this one combines four (or more) different mandala doodles . . . 

. . . as does this one (the base pattern is changed and I used different blends) . . . 

. . . and this one uses three (or more) different doodles . . . 

Here are yet three different doodle patterns . . . 

I’ll stop here for now because I’m training myself to pace things out. There will be four additional posts with other graphics generated by Photoshop Mix and a combination of either photos or doodle or both.

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