Who Doesn’t Like Flowers?
OK, flowers can get a bit overrated. Well, no they can’t. That’s not true. I can see a million of them and I’ll want to see a million more. Here are a few more flowers from this wide world that you haven’t seen yet. Eye candy and soul food for your viewing enjoyment.
All of these flowers were processed using Photo Editor and Handy Photo. I used Photo Editor to darken the backgrounds of some images. I didn’t paint these backgrounds black, but instead, lowered exposure and brightness on the backgrounds, specifically to maintain the sharp edges of some flowers. I used Handy Photo to convert to monochrome, adjusting color channels as needed. I also used the vignette filter, cropped the images, and adjusted vibrance and sharpness slightly.
There are a few details about this editing process that are worth mentioning. Some images went straight into Handy Photo. The background was a really dark green with nothing distracting in them. Using the color channels in Handy Photo darkened the greens in monochrome, while brightening the yellows, pinks and violets of the flowers. Perfect. We’ll come to that a little further below.
Some backgrounds however needed my help. One image had my feet in it. This didn’t really matter to me when I shot the image, because I knew I needed to fix other aspects of the background as well. So I didn’t avoid capturing my shoes. The background needed darkening, and the best app to do so was Photo Editor.
In Photo Editor, I went to “effects” then to “color” (circled in red in the image), and lowered exposure and brightness as low as they could go (circled in yellow). Use the three dot menu to the right to toggle between the different options. Editing is always set to a default “all”, but you can then modify this to either a shape or using the brush tool, as I did in this case (circled in green). Note that here you can back up from any edits you make. To the right of the brush button is also the sharpness of the brush. Avoid a perfectly sharp brush, as reality isn’t viewed with perfectly sharp edges. They will look contrived. It is better to match the blur between the edge of the flower and the background.
Once you click the brush button, you’ll get the following brush menu to paint, erase, and zoom in and out to get tight into the edges of your flowers (or portraits or whatever it is you are doing). Use the X to get to the backup and edge controls in the previous image.
Converting Your Flowers To Monochrome
Once you’ve lowered exposure and brightness in the selected areas, zooming in as close as you can to get right up to the flowers, the next step is to move into Handy Photo. Save the image in Photo Editor as png to maintain image quality. In Handy Photo, simply apply the monochrome filter. This is one of the best and easier to use filters there is for black and white. I have put two screenshots side by side. I knew I was going to crop to a square, so I only reduced brightness and exposure in a portion of the background, for illustrative purposes. In the image on the left, I have edited for green. The green grass background is lighter on the left than on the right (where I didn’t darken the image), while the flower is a bit darker. On the right, I’ve focused on the red, so the yellow flower is brighter and the grass darker.
It is enough then to do some slight adjustments using the other tools of the app. OK, enough of this short tutorial, on to the good stuff.