That's right, all I had was a blank white page sitting there looking blank and white. Well, anyway, that is my Layer 1.
Layer 2 arrived and it was much better. It was a totally black layer.
Layer 3. For this layer I added a Gradient Fill Adjustment Layer. The gradient went from white at the bottom to transparent at the top. I set the Blending Mode to Vivid Light and 100% Opacity. You see very, very little change in the image. So little that I won't show it here as it looks just like Layer 2 looks. I thought it might do some good later on. However, in the end, with these settings, you might just as well leave the layer out. But, for now, it is there.
Layer 4. Now this gets a little more exciting. For this layer, I used another Gradient Fill Adjustment Layer. The gradient went from transparent at the bottom to dark blue at the top. Normal Blending Mode and 100% Opacity.
It still looks like that morning dream is a long way off.
Layer 5. It was time to start waking up a little. I used my EK-CoffeeStains-01 texture for this layer. This is what the texture looks like.
This was added in as Layer 5 and then the Blending Mode was set to Saturation with 100% Opacity. And, you get this result that adds in a little of the texture and brightens the blue at the top of the layout. And, we get this result.
Layer 6. For this layer, I used Kim Klassen's kk_stainedLinen texture. Soft Light Blending Mode and 100% Opacity was used for this layer. This gives a very nice texture to the image and lightens it up, too.
Layer 7. Now it is time for dawn to burst into my dreamy state. I used Kim's kk_lifesgood texture and set the Blending Mode to Difference and 100% Opacity. And dawn was here.
Layer 8. It is time for the Dream to become more apparent. I used the Impact font, 129 pt., tracking was 400, and white color. I left the Blending Mode at Normal and decreased the Opacity to 30%.
While still on Layer 8, which is the word "DREAM," I put a selection around the letters of the word by holding down Command/Control and clicking on the thumbnail of Layer 8.
Layer 9. I created a new layer above Layer 8. The selection is still around the letters and I filled the selection with white. So, on Layer 9 I have the word filled with white and a selection still around the letters. Next, I contract the selection by 10 pixels by going to Select/Modify/Contract. Then I added a layer mask to the layer. This masks out all of the layer outside the contracted selection area. Then, making sure the layer mask is active on the layer, I went to Filter/Filter Gallery and applied a Sprayed Strokes filter. And this put this neat sprayed strokes edge to the letters. Then I used the Free Transform (Command/Control-T) to resize the word and move it down. I left the Blending Mode at Normal and the Opacity 100%.
Layers 10 - 14. For each of these layers, I would duplicate the previous layer (Command/Control-J). Then, on each of these layers I used the Free Transform command to resize and move the layers until they were arranged as shown here. All of these layers had Normal Blending Mode but the Opacity decreased from Layer 10 at 80%, to 70%, 60%, 50%, to Layer 14 at 40%.
Now I have to bring in my dream that keeps drifting in and out of my consciousness. On another page I created my sort of surrealistic dream. This is the dream.
Layer 15. This was brought into my dream as Layer 15. I set the Layer Blending Mode to Soft Light with 50% Opacity.
Layer 16. The colors seemed a little too bright for early in the morning so I added a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer and decreased the saturation a little.
Layer 17. For this layer I wanted a composite layer that was a composite of all the visible layers below it. While Layer 16 was the active layer, I used Command/Control - Option/Alt - Shift - E to create the composite Layer 17. This looks just like Layer 16, so I won't show it here.
While on Layer 17 I want to create the sprayed strokes effect to the edge of my page. I selected the Rectangular Marquee Tool and created a selection that was about 1/8th-inch in from all four sides of the page. Then I turned off the visibilities of all the layers except for the White Background Layer 1 and the composite Layer 17 at the top of the layer stack. The selection is active and I am on Layer 17. I add a Layer Mask to Layer 17. And, with only Layer 1 and Layer 17 visible, we see that we have a white border around the layout that is about 1/8th-inch wide.
Make sure the layer mask is active on Layer 17 and go to Filter/Filter Gallery and apply a Sprayed Strokes filter. And this put this neat sprayed strokes edge to the layout with a white border below the fringe. And then I added in my logo at the bottom right corner. The logo is a brush. And, this is what I end up with for my dream layout.
That is all for this episode of Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen.
Enjoy life and be creative.