One Four Challenge: June Week 2

Here we are on the second week of June for the One Four Challenge. Hosted by Robyn over at her blog,“Captivate Me”, this is all about processing an image in four different ways over 4 weeks. This month, I am working with another photograph I have taken of two old books found in my loft recently.

For this week, I have played about a little in PS Elements 11 – chosen an art filter (watercolour). I love the way it has brought out more ‘oldness’ in the spine of the propped up book.  I feel this gives it even more of an ‘Old Master’ feel…..very 17th/18th Century Dutch – or not, you let me know!

June Week 2

June Week 2

And here you can see my original, and the two edits so far:

For more One Four examples, head over to Robyn’s blog here.



  1. That book is a real find Sue. It lends itself to this kind of project so well.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. Very nice indeed Sue and such wonderful old books!

  3. There’s an art in your arrangement to begin with Sue, and the changes from photo to photo are subtle but definite. I love seeing all the photos together – it’s easier to see the subtlety. Was there much trialling before you decided on the art filter?

    • Sue

      I thought it was useful to see the different edits side by side, Meg. Glad you liked! As to whether there was much trialling, I whizzed through a few sketch filters in PS which did nothing for the image or for me, went to the paint styles, saw the watercolour and that was it! 🙂

  4. Yes, Old Master – you did it 🙂

  5. Great editing, Sue. The different “looks” of all 3 photos make them usable as illustrations for a variety of applications. Ω

  6. You’ve got such a great subject, Sue. I like the added texture that adds to that old world feel.

  7. Emilio Pasquale

    I like what you’re doing but where do you go from here? The added grunge (or heightened clarity) works really well in pulling out more detail in the spine and showing the ink on the page. Maybe next week a dreamlike effect? Soft and gauzy? I can’t wait to see!

    • Sue

      Soft and gauzy ain’t my style, Emilio! But perhaps I should try it…? Anyway, I have no idea at the moment, perhaps my muse will appear and lead me down new pathways…

  8. Your tweaks have really made the image pop with mystery. Rembrandt would be very pleased!!

  9. I like the way you posed the props with the dried flowers. An open book with elegant handwriting – and thoughtfully place flowers – builds a story with the image.
    The filter does make it Old Masters territory.

  10. Such a great old book Sue – and your edit has made the writing stand out more as well as the details of the page edges and binding. Very nice subject to work with!

  11. THe watercolor filter does a lot to bring out the details, mainly because of the stroke in the filter. A nice idea and it works well with the image.

  12. poppytump

    This is going so well Sue ! Don’t ask for favourites will you 😉

  13. The watercolor touch this week is superb!! It really does bring the photo back into a past era. The composition of your photo is lovely as well.

  14. Very nice. Love the photo any way, and your edits really enhance it.

  15. one of my favourites in the challenge. Yes you have given it that old dutch masters tone. I’m awed!!

  16. This week you have sharpened the whole image and it has made that little daisy seem to stand out in a 3d effect. I like it….

  17. A great edit! The changes are really subtle but effective. 🙂

  18. Such a lovely image, carefully staged, I like the story it gives. I would love to see a softer edit, like Emilio suggested. It is always great to step out of your comfort zone. That doesn’t mean I don’t like this week’s grungy feel, it works so well with these old books.

  19. very evocative. love the moodiness, great textures of the book/pages showing in the photo. I like it 🙂

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