How 'bout a word prompt?
and the word is..... soft.
Create an image based on the word soft.... the image must contain at least one layer of any of my textures.
I used a photo of the early Spring growth of the Golden Spirea that is growing in my front yard. Here is what I started with
And this is my final product
Layer 1. I started with this image, which is just as it came from the camera. I used my Canon PowerShot S90, ƒ/4.9, 1/160, ISO 80.
I did not like the little stump with the white top that was in the lower left of the image. With the Lasso Tool I made a selection around the area.
Then I went to Edit / Fill and selected Content Aware.
Then clicked OK. And it did a really nice job of removing the stump from my image. I did not need to do anything else to the image.
Layer 2. I then decided to use the Black & White Adjustment to turn the image into a Black and White image.
From the Presets, I selected Maximum Black. And, then I clicked on the little hand tool so I could click in the image over the leaves and slide the cursor to the right to make the leaves brighter.
Then I reduced the Opacity of the Black & White layer to 44%. This brought back some of the color to the image.
Layer 3. For this layer I brought in Kim's texture kk_grungedup. This is how it looks at Normal Mode and 100% Opacity.
I then changed the Layer Blend Mode to Soft Light and 60% Opacity.
Since my Foreground Color was black, this is the way the gradient came up. This is not the color I wanted, so I clicked on the little gradient in the dialog to open the Gradient Editor dialog.
I clicked on the color stop at the left end and then clicked on the color box to open the color picker dialog and selected a green color from the leaves in the image.
Then I clicked OK and went back to the Gradient Fill dialog. I changed the Angle so that the gradient was darker at the top right and faded to transparent toward the left.
Then I set the layer blending mode to Screen and Opacity to 40%. This added a little bit of the green look to the right side of the image which I thought made the whole image look a little softer.
But then, I wanted the green a little more so on the leaves.
Back to Layer 2. On the Black & White layer, I put a layer mask by clicking on the add layer mask button at the bottom of the layers panel. I clicked on the mask to make sure it was selected. Then using a soft black brush I painted over the leaves with a low opacity for the brush and "painted" back in some of the green.
Then I opened the Mask Panel and feathered the Mask. You may not be able to see much difference here, but it made the edge a little nicer.
Layer 5. I used the Edwardian Script ITC for the word "Soft." I selected a brown from the stem of the plant to use for the font color. And, I used a darker color of the brown to add a stroke to the word.
Layer 6. I also used the Edwardian Script ITC for the subtitle. I used the dark brown of the stroke from Layer 5 for the font color and a lighter color of the brown for the stroke.
Layers 7 and 8. I added in my signature layer and the date layer. And this completed my Soft Challenge for this week.
This is how my Layers Panel looked at the end.
I hope that you enjoyed seeing how I did this.
Enjoy life and keep on learning new things. It makes it more fun that way.