Texture Tuesday Theme: People
Meet Elliot, grandson extraordinaire. Elliot rarely is still. Ergo, getting a good shot is a challenge.
He is now a big boy, having turned 2 in April. Unfortunately, Elliot lives in Illinois, an 8 hour road trip from his Mom-mom and Pop-pop here in Ohio. Which means that we soak up ever bit of our grandson time when it is available.
The above photo was taken over the Memorial Day holiday when his family visited for the weekend. His great-grandma Mabel bought him a bubble machine. This was an extremely popular activity, both in terms of bubble creation as well as bubble stomping, a game which involved making sure any bubble which made it to the ground was immediately squashed.
Because I am “people-challenged”, all my Elliot shots were taken in Auto mode – resulting in JPG instead of RAW files. I still opened the file in Adobe Camera Raw, tweaking the exposure and cropping the image. Below are the steps that I followed in post-processing:
- Ran the Pencil Sketch action on a copy of the original image
- Added the Portrait texture; blend mode set to Hard Light
- Added a layer mask to the “Effects” group. With a soft brush, painted with light gray over the figure in order to lighten the effect on Elliot
- Added the text, duplicating the layer. Set the blend mode of both text layers to Color Burn
Of course, Elliot is the greatest grandson in the history of the world.
Now, if he would just sit still.