The Daily Texture for 03/31/2015
Let's finish out the month of March with another Brushstrokes texture in the Daily Texture Collection. This texture is filled with deep, dark blues, along with a splash of light tan and varying shades of gray with rouge tones. I used this texture on both of the example images below. The Redbird on the Rocks was a simple process of masking away the background behind the Cardinal and the slate rock fountain he was perched upon. The Bemis Water Tower photo was also a simple process. The original photo featured the water tower against a solid blue sky. I placed the texture layer on top and set it to hard light at 100%. This brought in the brushstrokes with this antique structure, yet everything was too blue. I desaturated the water tower photo about 50%, and then I desaturated the hard light texture layer 100%. I merged all the layers. Using Topaz Labs Lens Effects, I then added a gold reflector light adjustment to the left side of the finished work to give it a nice glow.
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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