Tuesday, December 6th's TT Theme is:
Celebrate...In honor of the upcoming holidays.....
Your image must contain at least one layer of any of my textures and be centered around the word celebrate.
Some morning sunrises are just beautiful in the central part of the United States. I thought it would be nice to celebrate every day as they come along. So I started with with this image.
This is how I did this.
Layer 0 (Background Layer). As I usually do, I opened a new document that is 11 x 8.5-inch, landscape, 300 ppi, RGB, and white background. I won't show this layer.
Layer 1. This is the image of the sunrise that sometimes occurs this time of year. I brought it in at Normal Blend Mode and 100% Opacity.
Layer 2. For this layer I used the Type Tool and typed in the word CELEBRATE. I used Perpetua Titling MT font, Bold, white color.
Then I changed the Blend Mode to Difference and left Opacity 100%. I have told you that I like the Difference blend mode. This gave me a nice contrasty color for the letters against the sunrise and allowed some of the texture of the sunrise to show through the letters.
Layer 3. Using the same font, I typed in for this layer the words "every day." Perpetua Titling MT font being a titling font is all capitals. I type again in white and left the blend mode at Normal and Opacity 100%. However, I did use the Character Panel and increased the Tracking to make the length of the words the same as the word above.
Layer 4. I used Kim's kk_poetic texture for this layer. I brought it in and resized it so its edges were at the edges of my layout. Here it is at Normal Blend Mode and 100%.
Then I double clicked on the layer in the Layers Panel to open the Layer Styles Blending Options dialog. In the top General Blending section, I set the blend mode to Hard Light and Opacity 50%. In the bottom Blend if section, I left the sliders in the default position in the This Layer slider. In the Underlying Layer slider, I left the White Slider at 255. But I moved the Black Slider to 123 / 216. You can split the slider by holding down the Option / Alt key and clicking on the slider. You can then move the halves separately to give smoother transitions.
Here is another image of the dialog so you can see it more clearly.
And now I have this.
Layer 5. I used another copy of Kim's kk_poetic texture for this layer. You have already seen it at Normal blend mode and 100% Opacity, so I won't show it again here. For this layer I doubled clicked on the layer in the Layers Panel to open the Layer Styles Blending Options dialog. In the top General Blending section, I set the blend mode to Pin Light and Opacity 30%. In the bottom Blend if section, for the This Layer, I left the Black slider at 0. I split (Option / Alt- click) the White slider and set the halves at 242 / 255. For the Underlying Layer, I set the Black slider at 52. I split the White slider and set the halves at 116 / 255.
And I now have this. To me, the texture adds a feeling of the morning coldness that occurs in the Heartland of America.
Layers 6 and 7. These are my signature and date layers. They are in white at Normal Mode and 60% Opacity.