I want to use it as a sample book cover in my portfolio. I decided it isn't quite up to the standard I want to project. It's a little too heavy on the dark green.
This is where I love working digitally.
I went back into my original Photoshop document, which I had saved unflattened. In my "wash" layer, I erased the dark green off the shutters and repainted them with the putty colors of the window frames. I easily captured the same colors with my color picker tool. Then I lightened the rectangle in which my name appears by selecting it and filling the selection with a semitransparent light yellow green. In the scratch board layer, I scraped away some of the weight of the black lines around the window panes with the eraser tool.
Here's how it looks now:
I think the lightening of the window area has created a bit of an illusion that the characters were lightened too. I didn't touch them this round. Hmm. Interesting effect. I am happier now.
On another, more exciting note, I have ordered myself a copy of Painter 12 software. It's on sale half off. A bargain not to be missed! The only thing worrying me is that I don't have a super powerful computer. It's about five years old, running Windows Vista. When I'm using Photoshop, all other windows are closed. I optimize the computer after every digital drawing session. Last Friday I cleaned out old high res files I'll never need again. Yet, I still run into sluggishness when I'm working with a lot of layers. I want to be able to draw quickly, without having to wait a second for my line to appear on the screen. I'm afraid adding another high grade art software will freeze up this old machine. Maybe Santa will bring me a new PC with a 6+ GB hard drive and 1 TB of memory. He brought me my Intuos 4 tablet last year. Here's hoping!
What new art tools are you wishing for?