The Daily Texture for 01/17/2015
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Today's Daily Texture is "January Winds" and features soft, light winter colors...perfect for blending with your lighter colored subjects or for adding as a top layer to add brightness to your images. Don't let the light colors fool you though...there IS a lot of color buried in this texture. The way to bring out the color -- if you want to -- is by duplicating the texture layer and using multiple, overlay, soft light and/or hard light layer modes.
In "House Finch in January", I did just that. I placed the original photo on top of the base texture layer, and masked away almost everything except for the bird and a small amount of branches. I then duplicated the original texture layer, keeping this duplicated layer UNDER the bird layer, and set it to multiply at 50%. Then I duplicated the original texture layer again, but moved it on TOP of the entire stack of layers, and I set this to overlay at 50%. This scenario gave more color to the image and put a little more light on the bird's head and face.