The Daily Texture for 02/13/2015
Today's Daily Texture is perfect in two ways. 1) It can appear as if it's a table for your small still life subjects and 2) It can also appear to be a floor, for your larger subjects who need a nice background. I used the neutral brown texture in both of these ways on the images below. The key to making this texture work properly is to make sure to include your shadows on the bottom portion. Because of the lighting, there will be shadows. You can either leave your shadows in from your original photo (easy to do if you subject was photographed on a solid surface, as in the case of the green marble statue below) or you can make your own shadows under your subject. I always work on the shadows last, after I have the rest of the image looking like I want, and after I determine which direction my lighting is coming from. In both of these examples, I made the lighting focus on coming in from the RIGHT, therefore I had to make sure there were shadows present on the LEFT. If you don't make sure you have the shadows, your subject won't blend as well with this background texture, so just keep that in mind when working with it. :)
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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