Welcome to another round of “Texture Tuesday”. This week’s challenge had no requirements except to utilize one of Kim’s textures.
Spring has been slow to arrive here in northeastern Ohio. Chilly, rainy, grey days have been our predominant weather pattern thus far. And yet, spring has quietly blossomed, almost without our noticing. One day, a bare branch; the next, tiny buds make an appearance; followed by fragile white and pink blossoms, as if by magic. In celebration of our delinquent spring season, this week’s image and its texture treatment is a little more conventional than what I have done in previous weeks.
Here is my recipe for transforming this tribute to spring:
- Performed normal RAW adjustments and opened the file in Photoshop
- Added the “Love” texture, using Hard Light blend mode, at 70% opacity
- On the associated layer mask, painted over the main blossoms with 50% grey in order to reduce the texture in those areas and enhance the main subject
- On the Dodge layer above the texture, filled the layer with 50% grey; set the blend mode to Overlay and then painted straight lines around the edge using the Dodge tool. This created a subtle frame around the image.
- Added the text. The text color is a soft brown and the blend mode is set to Linear Light. The text layer was duplicated.
- Added a Hue/Saturation layer above the original image. With this adjustment layer, the saturation was lowered for two bright areas in the background. This was done to soften the background and avoid conflict with the main subject.
Below is the original image. I like the softness and delicate beauty that the texture brings to the image, giving it a more spring-like feel and emotion. And that is our goal, isn’t it? To capture not only the image but its emotional essence. And so, here’s to spring.