The Daily Texture for 02/22/2015
You know those subjects you've photographed on bright days in harsh sunlight? Now you can turn them into a totally different kind of look using this texture "Carter's Wheat Field In The Moonlight". I've shown the before photos of both of these images below, so you can see what I mean. For the little colt, I masked out his background leaving just a tiny, tiny bit of the flowers showing behind him. I then duplicated the texture layer and placed it on top, setting it to hard light at 50%, but then I masked off most of that layer, leaving only the part around his feet and legs in place. This helped to darken that area and tie him into the ground better.
For the calf, I reversed the texture because the light needed to be coming from the right side of him (look at the shadows in the original photo...the shadows by his feet are toward the left, which means the light is coming from the right). After masking out most of his background, I placed the original texture on top and set it to multiply at 30%. I duplicated that texture layer again, and set it to color dodge at 30% which gave him that little pop of extra brightness I felt he needed.
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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