“And now we welcome the New Year
full of things that have never been.”
Rainer Maria Rilke
One of the reasons I enjoy composite-making is the ability to create “things that have never been” – or never will be, except in my imagination.
And so today I bring you a winter addition to my “Window Dreams” series – all frosty and snow-covered.
What window will you step through in the New Year? Wishing you and yours a 2014 filled with creativity and joy.
- Separate the window image from its background, using a mask. Add the window image to the composite, applying the mask, so that you are left with just the window frame.
- Mask the bottom of the window so that it appears to be nestled into the snow, using a combination of soft and hard-edged brushes.
- Process the Pioneer Woman Photography Cooler Action twice, clipping these layers to the window layer – this tones the window to better fit in with the snow scene.
- Add a surreal painting effect to the composite:
- Duplicate the composite image and flatten into a single combined layer
- Make two copies of the combined image layer (CTRL-J)
- Convert both copied layers to smart objects
- On the first copied layer, process the Median filter (Filter>Noise>Median) twice, setting the Radius to 25 pixels each time
- On the top copied layer, process the High Pass filter (Filter>Other>High Pass), setting the Radius to 7 pixels
- Combine the two new layers into a group and name it Surreal Painting
- Drag this group to the original image, holding the Shift key to align the painted image
- Set the opacity of the group to 65%
- Add the Storm texture, blend mode = Hard Light and opacity =60%
- Add an overall layers adjustment, pulling in the darks to add a bit more contrast
Below are the original images that were used to create this composite:
Linking with Texture Tuesday, hosted by Kim Klassen