The Daily Texture for 04/01/2015
Today's Daily Texture is filled with the deep, reddish brown hues of stained oak. I used this texture on both of the example images below. On the Harris Hawk, I masked away his background, revealing the texture underneath him. Then I duplicated the texture layer, placed it on top, and set it to soft light at 100%. Finally, using Topaz Lens Effects, I made a gold reflector adjustment to the left side of the final image to give him a nice glow. The lion was photographed in direct sunlight and I felt this texture was the perfect one to add some drama to his portrait, while wiping out the unattractive background at the same time. I placed his photo on top of the texture and masked away his background, revealing the texture under him. Then I duplicated the texture layer and placed it on top. I stretched this texture layer out to position the light part of the texture right over his face and muzzle. Then I set this layer to soft light at 100%.
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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