GIMP, you ain't got NOTHIN'...

...on Photoshop Elements 8. :D

So I recently downloaded the 30 day trial of PSE8 and bought a book I've had my eye on for a while concerning PSE8.  This past weekend I *FINALLY* got a chance to get shots of the band using the 50mm f/1.4 (yay!) and while I still need to go through the rest of them, I picked out one to mess around with in PSE8.

I was following instructions on how to get an effect that the authors of the book call "The Surreal Edgy Grungy Effect".  I followed the directions exactly and then tweaked them a little.  The first time around wasn't fantastic... then I tried again today and tweaked a little more... I might still be on a PSE8 high, so it's probably not as good as I'd like to think it is (haha), but I think my second attempt came out better than the first... I also spent more time on the second attempt and utilized layers to control different amounts of sharpening and what not...

Here are the results of that adventure...

ORIGINAL:

John Original

FIRST ATTEMPT:

John

SECOND ATTEMPT:

Second Attempt

Alright... time to get back to going through these photos!! ^_^