Saturday, October 10, 2009


I am now the proud owner of a bright and colorful padfolio. Step-by-step instructions are available in the newest newsletter from The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims AND on C&T Publishing's blog this weekend. This is to celebrate the release of my new book Next Steps In Altered Photo Artistry.



The padfolio outside features an altered photo (what else?), printed on fabric, and heavily stitched with free-motion stitching, using lots of glorious threads. Inside is a 5" x 8" junior legal pad. The whole padfolio fits neatly into my purse!

The photo is altered using one of our exclusive displacement maps that are on the CD inside the back cover of the book. In my opinion, displacement maps are the best-kept secret of Photoshop and Photoshop Elements! This alteration included multiple applications of the same displacement map, until the image was quite abstract. The final touch was applied with an artistic filter to define the edges.

By the time the image was wrapped around the notepad, the effect is quite abstract—just what I was going for!


This is the photo before altering. I took it in the garden next to the courthouse in my home town this spring and have been saving it for something special. Since I won't be traveling to Houston for the book's release at Quilt Market, this cheers me up and helps me focus on paperwork this weekend.


Inside is a pocket for pens (on the left), the notepad in the center, and the flap on the right. Because of the shape of the flap, it required two Velcro dots to keep it flat while closed.

Inside the padfolio rust-dyed fabrics add depth, interest, and variety. You can see the pocket on the left has a scripture verse printed on the fabric.

10 comments:

dianedoodles said...

Beth,
Love, Love the padfolio!
Looking forward to the new book,
DianeL

maggi said...

Lovely Beth. Can't wait for the book to arrive, I believe it should be with me towards the end of October.

norma said...

This is lovely! I've been having fun with the Posterize filter in Photoshop Elements. I'll have to see if I can do the displacement. Good luck on your book. I'll look for it in Houston.

Beth Wheeler said...

I'm thinking of doing a short video about the displacement maps and putting it on the blog. What do you think?

Carol said...

The padfolio looks lovely. A short video would be a great idea.
Your book is on my birthday list but my husband says it may not be available in time so it may show up in my Christmas gifts.

Roberta Ranney said...

Hi Beth, The new book is wonderful - I had preordered it through Amazon and it came last week! It is full of so many goodies and then there was the addition of the CD.

I would love to see a video on the displacement maps.

Congratulations on a work well done!

Jan in AZ said...

Beth,
I was working through your exercises in your new book on the airplane ride to Houston - a displacement video would be wonderful! Love the new book and it looks good at the booth in Houston too!

Beth Wheeler said...

Jan, I'm jealous you got to see the book in C&T's booth at Market, but SOO glad you like it!!

Beth said...

Wow Beth!! I received my book from Amazon much earlier than expected and I am so looking forward to being able to play with your techniques! The padfolio is STUNNING!!

Hugs!

The Idaho Beauty said...

Well, I'm frustrated. I'm on dial-up and can't really watch the video. I'm mostly interested in how you made the padfolio. Are the directions on-line somewhere that can be printed out? It looks familiar.