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I love using textures on my photos….
It’s a creative process for me…. very much like painting. Layer upon layer …blending, building, and chipping away… til I’m happy with the final piece.
I don’t think texturizing is meant to be hurried or rushed. I think it’s a process… a bit of an experiment…..and it should be a pleasure.
I often have people ask me ‘how do you know which texture to use?’
There are so many right and fabulous textures. It really depends what you are trying to create.
For me, it starts with a vision. The vision may come before the photograph…or it may come after, as I’m looking at the photo on my screen. Once I have a vision (a starting point) I begin building layers. Often the finished piece is not at all what I envisioned. And honestly that’s one of the things I love most about the process.
Today’s photo was definitely a progressive piece….
I had taken a bunch of shots out in the yard and on the porch, and at the last moment, snapped this one. When I opened it up…. it just seemed to say ‘MAKE ART’! I knew some texture was just what it needed.
As you work with textures….play, experiment…and grow… the process will become more natural. It may even seem like a certain texture just calls to you.
Here’s my photoshop recipe for today’s image……
Texturized with ‘cloudy day’ and ‘inspire’ overlay from The Studio Collection.
Layer 1 – Background Image
Layer 2 – Background Image sharpened to accentuate the detail in the petals.
Layer 3 – Cloudy Day Texture at screen blend mode Inverted (Hit Command – on a mac or Control – on a pc plus the letter ‘I’ with the texture layer highlighted). Added a layer mask and removed a bit of the texture from the petals.
Layer 4 – Duplicate Layer 3
Layer 5 – Duplicate Layer 4
Layer 6 – Inspire Overlay at Soft Light Inverted (see layer 3 instructions on inverting)
Layer 7 – Hue Saturation Adjustment Layer – Lowered the Saturation for a more soft and romantic feel.
Have you been bitten by the texture bug?
If not, you really outta give it a whirl….It may just surprise you.
Today, share your a favourite textured photo. We’d love to see.
If this photoshop/texture thing is brand new to you, check out my FREE Skinny-Mini eCourse that starts next week. I’d love to see you in ‘class’…..