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11-11-2006, 05:49 PM
I recently made an digital inspirational poster/print. The image on the print is the one from the home page of my website Bodhimind Institute (http://www.bodhimindinstitute.org). . And the words below the image are from the website’s Beneficence program.

The image was quite a lot of fun to make. The Photoshop file was over 3 gigs, but since I only have 650mb RAM I had to work on certain areas of the image at one time, and then wait to work on another area of the image at another time. This was because it would take some time to load into RAM the particular area to be worked on. Saving the file took over a half hour.

Thankfully, Photoshop has a feature that lets you color-code different layers, and this helped quite a bit to know which was a ground element (color-coded grey) and which was a forest element (color-coded green), for example. And this made it much more organized to know where each layer you were working on was in the whole of the picture. Obviously, each element (rock, bush, treetop, separate column, cloud, and so forth) had to have its own layer in order to adjust placement, color and so on.

It isn’t as easy to see on the web, but on the full sized image some of the elements appear to be very impressionistic and some of them appear to be very photographic. This gives the image as a whole a kind of magical quality, in my opinion. A lot of these effects weren’t planned, but appeared as the image progressed.

For instance, the row of Greek columns that are in shadow appear to have a painterly quality, made up of dabs of color and soft brush strokes. However, the grass in front of the columns looks almost surrealistically real, and that effect happened completely by accident. The appearance of the way the stream meanders through this grassy field, as if it were a photograph of some Irish landscape, emerged on its own as I combined a “stream layer” with the “grass layer”.

One of the more subtle challenges of making an image like this is to get all of the different elements of the image to have the same “color temperature”. “Color temperature” is the color of the source light that is shinning on an object or is illuminating a scene. For example the color of daylight during a warm summer day at high noon will be very different from the color of daylight of a winter day in the afternoon.

So, if one element of an image seems to have the overall colorations of a light source at one color temperature, the other elements within the image should have those same overall colorations. For instance, if there are two boulders next to each other, in theory they would both be reflecting the same color of daylight. And while they might be slightly different specimens of rock, they would need to have some shadings, and so forth, in common in order to look as though they are really appearing within the same scene. Part of the challenge was to adjust these subtleties, and this is done according to a sense of what looks right, so that image holds together as a whole.

I thought that people might appreciate having a poster/print of this image that I had originally made as the home page graphic for my website. And it turned out that CaféPress.com has a print on demand service – therefore I wouldn’t be investing a large sum of money, have lots of merchandise to store, and be running over to the post office to mail stuff at inconvenient times.

Also their basic service is free so there is no risk in setting up the print for sale. I choose to offer the print in a small poster size (easy to fit on a small wall or in a modest home), and put a grey border around the image so it could be easily matted and placed within a frame or hung up as it is.

I have an article on my website that goes into detail about the spiritual aspects of the image. Rather than repost that article here, those who would like to read about it can click on this link (http://www.bodhimindinstitute.org/information/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=2&highlight=).


The image is titled "Sanctuary : Ascension of Light"

For those who would like to see how I set up the CafePress.com page, click this link (http://www.cafepress.com/sanctuaryaol.72467443).

I also show the image in the gift store area of my website, here (http://www.bodhimindinstitute.org/sacred-presence/merchandisepages/sanctuaryaol.html).

Thanks for taking a look.


11-12-2006, 10:48 PM
Lovely effect. ;o)

11-13-2006, 12:57 PM
Very nice :)

11-13-2006, 03:48 PM
Hi LadyAlba –

Thank you for taking a look at my piece, and for appreciating the effect that I was trying to convey.


11-13-2006, 04:35 PM
Hi justjean -

Thanks for your comments.