A Civil Relationship
Normally, when it comes to my photography, Mother Nature and I have a civil but distant relationship.
But my new camera has me in experimental mode – pulling back for wider shots than would be my norm. And that means coming to terms with including natural elements in the frame. Here I was attracted by the perfect pattern of emerald lines in the newly-shorn grass – the alternating diagonals marching up to the monument. Nature’s staircase.
If you are a Creative Cloud subscriber, I have another tutorial by Mark S. Johnson to recommend. In Photoshop Workbench 423, Mark discusses texture blending with Adobe Paper Texture Pro – an extension which makes it possible to apply one or more textures to a photograph directly inside Photoshop. As an added bonus, Flypaper has included two free texture collections as part of the plug-in’s launch. Note: Mark is currently upgrading his website – so you may need to check back in a day or two to access the tutorial.
UPDATE: I didn’t realize that the upgrades to Mark’s sites involved converting to a subscription-only plan. If you are still interested in learning more about Adobe Paper Textures Pro, check out this link from Adobe.
Texture Tuesday Processing (Photoshop CC)
- Process my Midtone Contrast action to bring out the details
- Using a curves adjustment, bring back detail in the sky and monument, using a luminosity mask generated via the Photoshop Luminosity Mask Action Set (by Jimmy McIntrye)
- Add the Flypaper Collection Texture Nuriel Clouds, blend mode = Multiply (using the Adobe Paper Texture plug-in)
- Add the Flypaper Collection Texture Stygian Tin, blend mode = Screen (using the Adobe Paper Texture plug-in)
- Add the Pixel Dust Abstract Scratches texture, blend mode = Multiply, opacity = 93% (using the Adobe Paper Texture plug-in)
- Add the 0312 texture, blend mode = Divide
- Add a Levels adjustment to increase the overall contrast, especially in the highlights
Below is the original image and the Photoshop layers palette:
Linking with Texture Tuesday, hosted by Kim Klassen