Tuesday, September 27th TT Challenge Details:Let's go with a theme! Hmmm, spin, spin... let me think....
How about LOVE! Just let your imagination go ....There's just so much to love about LOVE!So to clarify.... your image must contain one layer of any of my textures...and in some way be about LOVE.
Are you ready to follow me through the paths my mind makes while creating a layout to meet Kim's challenge? Going through some of the old photographs that I have been scanning into my computer from albums that my sister has sent to me to do the scanning. Some of the photographs are over 100 years old. Most are in remarkably good condition. To mind, for LOVE, came the photos of my Grandparents' (my Father's parents) and my parents' wedding portraits. They were married and lived happily ever after. So, I will use these two portraits in my layout to represent love.
Layer 1. As usual, for me, I start with Layer 1 being landscape 11 x 8.5-inch, 300 ppi, RGB Color, White Background. I won't show you my blank layer that I stare at when I am beginning a layout.
Layer 2. This is a photograph of a blooming Bougainvillea that I took at the Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha, Nebraska. This will sort of be the background for my portraits. The layer Blending Mode is Normal and Opacity 100%.
Layer 3. For this layer, I need to make a brush of Sonnet 18 By William Shakespeare. I want to use Shakespeare's words about love as a texture over the blossoms. On a new document, I wrote the sonnet using the Papyrus Font. I put the text on a layer above the background layer so that I could turn off the visibility of the background layer and have the text on transparency.
On this document, I cropped down to just a little larger than the block of text. Then I went to Edit / Define Brush Preset and made the text into a brush.
Back now to the layout document. On this new Layer, Layer 3, I selected the Brush Tool and selected the brush I just made of Shakespeare's Sonnet 18. I opened the Brush Panel and made similar adjustments as I did in my blog entry, Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen September 13, 2011. Then, using the brush with black as my Foreground Color, on Layer 3, I ended up with my layout looking like this.
If I turn off the visibility of Layer 2, the flowers, the text looks like this.
I turned on the visibility of Layer 2 and then set Layer 3 Blending Mode to Divide with 100% Opacity.
Layer 4. I brought into my layout the wedding portrait of my Grandparents, my father's parents. They were married the day after Christmas, 1880.
I then used the method of feathering that I showed in my blog entry of Monday, August 8, 2011, Control your Feathering to blend the image into the background. The Layer Blend Mode is Normal and Opacity 100%.
Layer 5. And, then brought in the photo of my parents' wedding portrait.
And, then using the feathering method I mentioned above, I blended this image into the background.
I did not like the difference in color between the two portraits. My grandparents' portrait looks almost like it is a black and white image, but it really does have some color in it. And, my parents' portrait is sepia tone. I want to bring them together in appearance. So, on Layer 4, my grandparents. I added a Black & White Adjustment Layer. I used the Default adjustment. And then I did the same with Layer 5, my parents portrait, also using the Default adjustment. Now the two images are Black & White. And they are at Normal Blending Mode and 100% Opacity.
Then, I added a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer to both portrait layers, Layer 4 and Layer 5. I checked Colorize and used Hue: 37, Saturation: 14 and Lightness: 0. Now both images have a slight sepia tone to them and they are similar in appearance. The images are still Normal Blending Mode and Opacity 100%.
Layer 3a. This layer is just above Layer 3, which is the brushing layer of the Sonnet 18. For Layer 3a I used Kim's kk_ugglove texture. Here is the kk_ugglove texture at Normal Mode and 80% Opacity to let in a little of the below layers. kk_ugglove is 12 x 12-inches in size. So I used the Free Transform and pulled the edges in so that it all fit on my 11 x 8.5-inches layout. This way I kept all the texture around the edges for my texture.
I changed the Layer Blending Mode to Exclusion and left Opacity 80%.
Layer 3c. At the moment, Layer 3c is just above Layer 3a. However, I will be putting in later a Layer 3b that will go between Layer 3a and Layer 3c. So this is Layer 3c. This layer is Kim's kk_warmsun texture. Here it is at Normal Mode and 100% Opacity.
Then I changed the Layer Blending Mode to Hue with Opacity 90%.
Layers 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10. Layer 6 is the Title. Layer 7 is the year of my grandparents' marriage. Layer 8 is the year of my parents' marriage. Layer 9 is my signature in the lower right corner of the layout. And Layer 10 is the date, along the lower left edge of the layout. I sampled a dark and a light color from the image for these text layers.
This looked pretty good to me, but it was a little too somber for wedding portraits to my mind. It needed a little more spark of color. This is where Layer 3b comes in.
Layer 3b. I duplicated Layer 2, the Bougainvilleas, and placed the copied layer between the two texture layers, Layer 3a and Layer 3c. I changed the Layer Blending Mode to Vivid Light with 66% Opacity. And this brought in just the right amount of color for me.
Back to Layer 5. I did not like the dark area in the upper left of my feathered parents layer. I went back to Layer 5. I clicked on the link between the layer thumbnail and the mask thumbnail to unlink them. I clicked on the mask thumbnail to make it active and then used Free Transform (Command/Control-T) to active the Free Transform. Then in the Options bar at the top I selected to Warp the transform. (If you haven't looked at my blog entry I mentioned above about feathering, you might want to see it.) Then I warped the upper left corner area of the feathering to get rid of the dark area.
But, now, looking at the layout I notice that the signature and date are almost invisible. They are too dark for where they are placed.
Layer 9. I added a Layer Style (Fx) of Color Overlay to my signature layer and sampled a lighter color from the image for the color to overlay on the signature.
Layer 10. I did the same thing for the date layer.
And they did live happily ever after.
And, that is the way of LOVE. My grandparents and my parents were married for the rest of their lives. And as it says,"To have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, 'till death do us part." As in most lives, they had some ups and downs over the course of many years. Some of these are represented by the texture and cracks that show in the image from the kk_ugglove texture. And the kk_warmsun texture brings out all the tender goodness that was there, too.
I hope you enjoyed your trip through my mind as this image was being created.
And, that is my Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen for this week.