The Daily Texture for 12/03/2014
Some days I'm in the mood for something bright and colorful...maybe a little bit tropical. I love the color combination in this texture Bluebird At Sunset - orange, yellow, turquoise blue and a touch of purple. It makes for a warm, exciting image full of life and energy! I used this texture "as is" for Summer Day Bluebird to get rid of a distracting background and bring the bird to life in a more painterly way. For Sunset Heron, I also used this texture, but I rotated it to have the blue of the texture blend with the blue water the Heron is wading in. I duplicated the texture layer a few times and played with some different layer modes to further intensify the color saturation and richness of the final image. I wanted the end result to have a very tropical, painterly, feel to the work. The Bluebird At Sunset texture helped me reach that goal!
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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