The Daily Texture for 03/12/2015
Today's Daily Texture has some neutral, earth tone colors...perfect for your nature shots or if you want a subtle background for your image. I used this texture in both the images shown below. The cat image is a composite, featuring a field photo as well as the lovely Dixie Peaches. I composited Dixie in with the field first, and then added the texture on top, softly blending away some of it to reveal a small portion of the field and Dixie's face. The second image was completed in a completely different way. The eagle had white behind him due to the gray skies present when I shot the photo. I placed the texture on top as a new layer, and changed the layer mode to HARD LIGHT. Then I lightly masked away some of the hard light texture layer from his face and tail to reveal the white in his feathers, as the hard light layer made those areas too yellow. Everything else was left alone, as I was pleased the way the hard light layer mode worked with the rest of this photo.
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Recommended Tutorials on You Tube
I have found a number of great video tutorials over the years on working with masking, layers and working with textures in photography. These are some of the ones I've watched which I recommend:
• Blend Modes & Masking in Paint Shop Pro
• Photoshop Tutorial: Layers and Layer Masks for Beginners
• Remask for Beginners by Topaz Labs
• Remask 4 Tutorial by Topaz Labs
• Layer Masking in Photoshop With Textures
• A Breakdown of Blending Modes | Photoshop Tutorial by Aaron Nace