The Daily Texture for 01/11/2015
My first attempt was the image on the left titled "Morning At The Mountain". I incorporated a photograph of an Elk from the zoo, as well as one of my bald eagle photos into this image. I masked out the eagle and the elk and placed them where I wanted, blending the edges of them into the texture. TIP: If you're going to mask out something you intend to make smaller in a scene like this, do the masking on the layer BEFORE you resize it down to the smaller size. It's much easier, especially if you have older eyes like I do, to get the mask accurate when the photo is large! After I did the masking, I resized both of my subjects down to a smaller size and put them where they needed to be. I darkened the ground under and around the feet of the elk, in order to tie him in well to that part of the scene, because originally his legs and feet were much brighter than the area I was placing him in the picture. Here's another tip: When you're working on your image, zoom the image down small -- or step back across the room from your scene -- so you can see it at a distance. Often this far-away perspective will show you areas which need work in your image. That's how I discovered his feet were too bright originally and they didn't look right. By darkening the ground and his legs, he now looks like he is really "there" in the scene. I added the texture on top of the final image and set it to soft light at 30% to make the colors pop a bit more.