Old Cowpoke by Linda Sparks

This gent was wandering the streets of Tombstone during Wyatt Earp Days this year. I took several pictures, but wasn’t captivated with any. Then I started viewing a number of Photoshop tutorials and found this treatment—Design Effects. It gave me a view that emphasized exactly the features I wanted to show.

3/31/12 1303 views 12 Features, 6 Challenge Wins

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CHALLENGE WINNER in B/W Portraits Challenge, #1 Favorites 12/3/13
CHALLENGE WINNER Avatar Challenge, Men Appreciation 6/28/11
CHALLENGE WINNER (tie) in Avatar Challenge, Men Appreciation 3/1/11
Top Ten in Muted Work Challenge, 10+ Features 2/9/11
Top Ten in People Challenge, Freedom to Shine 11/14/10
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Top Ten in August Avatar Challenge, Men Appreciation 8/30/10
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Top Ten in People Challenge, Freedom to Shine 11/13/10
Top Ten in The Letter O Challenge, Art and Collectables 10/11/10
Top Ten in B & W Faces Challenge, All Things Photographic 8/28/10
Top Ten in Avatar Challenge, Men Appreciation 6/30/10
CHALLENGE WINNER (TIE) in Black and White Challenge, 4 Winners 6/28/10

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After being widowed, I needed to find something new to occupy my mind. I chose photography. That turned into an obsession, compounded by my love of the artistic license provided by Photoshop and the many other artful programs that help us explore all the facets of turning a photo into art.

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  • Kay Kempton Raade
    Kay Kempton Raadealmost 5 years ago

    YES!! It’s a winner, Linda.

  • Thanks Kay.

    – Linda Sparks

  • Eeva47
    Eeva47almost 5 years ago

    Excellent work Linda! May I ask you what tutorial you followed?

  • It’s called “design effects” on Adobe Photoshop Newsletter “best of” CD. It’s old, as in Elements 5.

    – Linda Sparks

  • ZinaImage
    ZinaImagealmost 5 years ago
    The more I look, the more I like it Well done Linda
  • Thanks. I just loved his wrinkles.

    – Linda Sparks

  • Victoria McGuire
    Victoria McGuirealmost 5 years ago

    Great work Linda! V.

  • Thanks so much

    – Linda Sparks

  • JCailliau
    JCailliaualmost 5 years ago

    Beautifully done Linda…

  • Thanks for your comments

    – Linda Sparks

  • Linda Gregory
    Linda Gregoryalmost 5 years ago

    Fabulous! I guess I’ll have to look at all the tutorials on that DVD.

  • I’m learning all kinds of stuff. Any more DVDs?

    – Linda Sparks

  • © Andrzej Goszcz,M.D. Ph.D
    © Andrzej Gosz...almost 5 years ago

    Gud dof :))))))) so beautiful , thank you … !!!!! Au revoir….Madame !!!!!!
    Best regards and cordialy greetings from Poland.

  • Thanks multi-lingual Andrew!!!

    – Linda Sparks

  • Simon Groves
    Simon Grovesalmost 5 years ago


  • Thanks so much.

    – Linda Sparks

  • TEEJAY1309
    TEEJAY1309almost 5 years ago

    He reminds me of Ol’ Wild Bill Hickcock. Great treatment, great photo!

  • Thanks. Im honored.

    – Linda Sparks

  • Linda Gregory
    Linda Gregoryalmost 5 years ago

    That’s it, but I do have a subscription to photoshopelementsusers.com where you have access to a ton of tutorials online.

  • I might have to do that.

    – Linda Sparks

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