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This blog is written and maintained by Miss Cuddlywumps, a fluffy-tailed calico cat who is both classically educated and familiar with mysteries. She receives creative input from the Real Cats and clerical assistance from She of Little Talent (old SoLT, a.k.a. Roby Sweet). Comments or complaints should be addressed to Miss C rather than to old SoLt (Ms. Sweet). Ms. Sweet accepts no responsibility for Miss C's opinions.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Caturday Art: Paisley in Oils

For this week's Caturday Art blog hop, hosted by Athena and Marie, old SoLT did some experimenting in Photoshop, followed by more experimenting in PicMonkey. It's hard to get the different colors in Real Cat Paisley's coat to show up nicely in photos. But if you change them to different colors, sometimes the contrasts pop a little more. That's what happened in this picture, which we are quite pleased with:

In Photoshop, old SoLT first bumped the brightness and contrast way up. She then played around with the channel mixer until she had colors she liked. She decided on blues and greens. Next was a Solarize filter, followed by some adjustments to hue and saturation. Then she applied the Oil Paint filter. She then took the resulting  picture into PicMonkey, where she applied a Chill effect and decided to crop it so the focus would really be on Paisley. Finally, she added two frames: a drop shadow and a museum matte. By the way, no, she did not plan this; she just kept saying, "I wonder what happens if I...?"

Here's the original photo:


  1. We use Photoshop CC the same way! "wonder what will happen if ..." What fun it can be! Love how yours turned out here ... magical.

  2. That came out really well!

    Thanks for taking the time to describe the process too :)

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

  3. That is very pretty. I need to try something like that with Penny, her colors never stand out.

  4. That's some nice artwork, Paisley. We especially like the colors. Pawkisses for a Happy Weekend :) <3

  5. Whoa! that's a lot of layers of paint but it came out well.