I’m relaxing in a coffee shop in Golden, Colorado, checking the ds106 streams and missing the creative play. Seeing Jim’s efforts made me wonder if I could whip one together ove lunch.

Since I am traveling, I was thinking maybe one of my photos might be a start point… Then I remembered Dr Garcia’s comment on my sunset photo of Castle Rock and said yeah, that movie.

So I searched flickr via compfight and found this beauty of the scene:

cc licensed ( BY NC ) flickr photo shared by lindsayloveshermac

Bringing it into PhotoShop, I looked to colorize it, and under ImageAdjustmentsChannel Mixer I played with sliders to give it a green eerie hue. I then noticed under the same menu HDR Toning, which must be new in CS5. I used the Photorealistic High Contrast setting which gave it a lot more pop. I then gave it the Posterize effect (5 levels, which added that funky banding.

Another compfight search on “flying saucer” got me this photo:

cc licensed ( BY NC SD ) flickr photo shared by Badger DJ

Pasting it over the mountain, and using the Screen blending mode, dropping opacity got the spaceship looking good.

So here is my travel poster, go fly with Roy Neary– and you know what the landing chimes sound like:

I enjoyed making this, but thought it was not minimalistic enough, so I cropped out the banded sky background, and dropped the opacity on the devils tower. I also applied the Paint Daubs filter to the spaceship, making it more splotchy (it also made the purple rim look like digits).

Different? Same idea.

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An early 90s builder of the web and blogging Alan Levine barks at CogDogBlog.com on web storytelling (#ds106 #4life), photography, bending WordPress, and serendipity in the infinite internet river. He thinks it's weird to write about himself in the third person. And he is 100% into the Fediverse (or tells himself so)


  1. So well one, I love the green tinted overlay. an the spaceship is rad—what was the original image of? A stadium at night? Thanks for more photoshop tips, now this is really making a poster—not outright staling like the bava 😉

    Love that you can play long over coffee, we miss you!

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