A Winter Abstract Using the Apps “Glaze” and “Layover” demonstrated by David Hayes
While nothing beats a winter landscape of newly fallen snow, for me the most moving imagery comes from those winter mornings when the air is cold, still and very foggy. The whiteness of the fog against the whiteness of the landscape creates both a calm as well as eerie feel to the world. I’ve not seen such a morning this winter, but I figured out how to create this feeling using two of my favorite apps, “Glaze” and “Layover.”
To start, I grabbed this shot from a vacant lot near where I live. There are some good things compositionally going on in this landscape, but nothing really breathtaking on its own. Perfect for what I had in mind!
Opening the image in Glaze, I scrolled through all the filter choices settling on what I’ll call “Orange 1.” (I do wish they’d give names to these filters!)
Applying this filter gives me a very abstract, minimalistic image suggesting that foggy morning I was after. Almost enough…but not quite as I wanted to bring back some of the details that were missing. Glaze doesn’t offer any controls to let me do this, so I knew I had to move to a different app…Layover!
I saved this image to my camera roll using Glaze’s highest resolution setting. (You don’t always have to save at the highest resolution but it does protect your image’s “integrity.”)
Here’s a better view of the image so far. As I said before…almost, but not quite…
I don’t know if you’ve ever worked with Layover before, but I’ve discovered a complete of things to do in my workflow that really helps. The first thing I always do when I open Layover is to set it to match the aspect of my final image. Its default is for a 1:1 ratio, but this time I wanted a 4:3 (Standard) ratio. So…with the first layer window activated, I clicked on “Crop” (A) and when the pop up menu came up, clicked on (B) to set up my ratio.
Time to load in my images! Here’s something else to keep in mind. The order of your images does matter. Layover allows you to rearrange the order of your layers, but a little pre-planning also goes a long way.
After a bit of trial and error…which I’ll not bore you with…I concluded that I needed to load my Glaze image first (A) and the original image second (B).
Clicking on “Blend,” I chose “Hue” from the blend menu…and using the slider bar, adjusted this as shown.
Now…for a bit of fine-tuning! Going up to the original layer (B) and activating it, I then clicked on “Crop” (A). This allowed me to move this layer around without moving the Glaze layer. Which is what I wanted to do as I was hoping to create a bit of offset where the some of the details in the original come through the “fog.” Using the standard two-finger pinch, I moved up, down, and sideways (C) until I achieved the look I wanted.
All done. Time to save. My foggy “Winter Morning” all ready to go!
As always, thank you so much for taking time to give my tutorial a read. I hope you found it worth your time. Please don’t be shy with your comments and/or questions, as I do love hearing from you!
David Hayes is a photographer, mixed-media artist, painter and explorer of life. Visit his blog at clearerreflections.com.
If you like altering photographs and using them in your mixed-media art, you might also enjoy Photo Craft: Creative Mixed Media and Digital Approaches to Transforming Your Photographs by Susan Tuttle and Christy Hydeck.
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