Twin trees stand guard over the barren fields, bare branches reaching upward. Fence posts march in crooked formation along the frosted roadway. A muted silver-gray sky stretches unbroken from horizon to zenith.
Yes, it’s a cliche – a desolate and stark winter scene to illustrate this week’s white color theme.
But every cliche has its nugget of truth. So I went with it – with this simple image of snow and silhouettes – pared down to the barest essentials of black and white.
To tell my story of winter white.
Flipping through back copies of Photoshop Creative magazine in search of inspiration, I came across this super-fast way to achieve a high-key effect. High-key photographs are defined as very low-contrast images with minimal shadows and a focus on white. This seemed to offer intriguing possibilities during my exploration of the color white. Here are the steps:
- Duplicate your image (Image>Duplicate)
- On the duplicate image, change to CMYK color mode (Image>Mode>CMYK)
- Click on the Channels palette and then click on the Black channel
- Select All and then Copy (CTRL-C)
- Return to your original RGB image and Paste (CTRL-V)
If the effect is too strong, lower the opacity and/or change the blend mode. Adding this layer really brought out the white tones, further simplifying the image into its defining lines and shapes.
Texture Tuesday Processing
- Add “winter” text (321 Impact font) – blend mode = Vivid Light
- Add “white” text (Allura font) – opacity = 45%
- Add High-key black channel layer – blend mode = Soft Light (per steps above)
- Duplicate original image – blend mode = Soft Light
- Add Golden Texture. Desaturate. Blend mode = Multiply and Opacity = 35%
- Increase contrast with an overall levels adjustment
Below is the original image and the Photoshop layers palette.
Linking with Texture Tuesday