The Daily Texture/Background for 04/20/2015
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Today's Daily Texture is actually another marsh-y background with beautiful light splashes in the sky and a reflective area on the water. I paired it with -- of course -- one of my bald eagle photos. The eagle had a gray sky, which was very easy to mask away. After placing him on top of the texture, I then duplicated his layer and set it to soft light at about 25%, which gave a bit more contrast to his feathers. Then I duplicated the texture layer and placed it on top, setting it to soft light at about 50%. This gave more color/contrast to the background and allowed his feathers to pick up some of the colors from the texture itself. The background was a bit too dark at this point, against his white tail feathers. I was afraid if I masked away more of his tail feathers, they would totally disappear. So I tried something different - I duplicated the texture background UNDER the eagle layer, and set that duplicate layer to SCREEN mode at about 25%. This brightened the background just enough to blend better with his white tail feathers. And then I called this one done!