This week's guideline is
How 'bout the theme.... 'look up'? So many possiblities....
Share any photo processed with at least one layer of any of my textures....centered around the theme 'look up'.
I thought about this for a while and then remembered one of my favorite ways to look at trees. I like to stand at the bottom with my back to the trunk of the tree and .... look up. I had taken a series of photos of the tree in front of my home with the leaves all gone. It was a bright but partly cloudy day. I selected one of my photos for this Texture Tuesday.
This is my original photo....
And this is what I ended up with for a 12 x 12-inch page layout ....
This is how I went about doing this. I'll take you through what I was thinking as this was being constructed.
Step 1. I opened my photo in a new document. The image becomes my bottom layer. My camera gives me a photo that is 1704 pixels x 2272 pixels at 240 pixels per inch. When I change it to a 300 ppi image, my photo size is 5.68 x 7.573-inch. So, this is the size of my photo. You can see these dimensions at the bottom left of the Photoshop screen. You can set it to different parameters by clicking on the toggle arrow and selecting what you want displayed there.
Step 2. I duplicated the bottom layer for another copy of the image ( Command / Control - J ). It looks the same since it is the same.
Step 3. I decided that I wanted to add my textures to a black and white image instead of the color photo. I clicked on the button at the bottom of the layers panel and selected a Gradient Map adjustment layer. I left it at the black to white gradient that opens.
Then closed the adjustment panel.
Step 4. Next I brought in Kim Klassen's texture kk_iAm. This is the texture at Normal Mode and 100% Opacity. I thought that the blue in the texture might add some blue to the sky in the B & W image.
Then I changed the layer blend mode to soft Light and kept the Opacity 100%. I also got an added bonus. The texture also brought out more of the detail in the tree trunk.
Step 5. I duplicated the layer and changed the layer blend mode to Multiply and Opacity 50%.
The browns and blues are making the image look more like a color photo.
Step 6. Next I brought in Kim's texture kk_stainedLinen. Here it is at Normal mode and 100% Opacity.
I changed the blend mode to Darken with Opacity 20%. This adds a nice subtle bit of the linen texture.
Step 7. Next I brought in Kim's texture kk_providence. I liked the dark edges and the bluish color of the texture and thought it would darken the edges of my image nicely. Here it is at Normal mode and 100% Opacity.
Then I changed the layer blend mode to Darken and kept Opacity 100%.
At this point, I thought that this image would look really nice if it were put in a frame and hung on a wall. I decided to frame it digitally and put it in a 12 x 12-inch page layout where it would hang on the background wall.
Step 8. I want to bring this layered image into a new 12 x 12-inch layout. I created a new 12 x 12-inch, 300 ppi, RGB with white background document. Then I went back to my original document with my textured image and selected all layers.
Then I clicked on one of the layers and dragged the layers onto the new 12 x 12-inch document. I held down the Shift key while dragging so that the image would be centered in the layout. And I now have my image with all its layers in the new document above the white background layer.
While all the image layers were selected, I moved the image upward in the layout to where it was a little over an inch below the top of the layout.
Step 9. Next I brought in a vertical wooden frame that I created. I used the Free Transform ( Command / Control - T ) to resize it to fit over my image.
[In a future blog entry I will have a freebie template in which I use wood frames. As part of the download of the template I will have a vertical frame, a horizontal frame, and a square frame. Keep watching.]
I did not like the wood color for the frame. While holding down the Command / Control key, I clicked on the thumbnail of the frame layer. This put a selection around just the frame. I then sampled a color from within the image in the sky area to put that color in the Foreground Color box in the Tools Bar. Then I clicked on the button at the bottom of the Layers Panel to add a Hue / Saturation adjustment layer. The adjustment layer has a mask that allows the adjustment to affect only the frame. In the Hue / Saturation dialog, I checked Colorize. Since I have the color I wanted to start with in the Foreground Color, that is what appeared in the Hue. Then I modified the values so that I had Hue 158, Saturation 5, and Lightness +16. This gave me a better color, in my mind, for the frame around the image.
Step 10. Now the framed image doesn't look too good on a white wall. I need to add something to make the wall look more like a wall. I created a new layer just above the Background layer. I used a distressing brush (I used one that I had made) to add some distressing on its own layer. Here you see it at Normal mode and 100% Opacity. Also since the Gradient Map layer that I used in texturing the photo will now affect all the layers below it, I clipped it to the image layer below it. I do not need to clip the other layers that came in with the photo to that layer as you can see in the thumbnails that they are only affecting the photo.
I know, it looks bad. But then you reduce the Opacity to 10%. And now the wall has a little texture.
Step 11. Next I wanted to add some color to the wall. I clicked on the button at the bottom of the Layers Panel to add a Solid Color Fill layer. From the color picker that opens I sampled a color from the photo image for the color.
Now I need to tone down the color of the wall to better go along with the image. I clicked on the button at the bottom of the Layers Panel and added a Hue / Saturation adjustment layer. I reduced both the Saturation (-45) and Lightness (-19). I thought this went a little better with the framed image.
Step 12. Since, in my mind, this is now hanging on a wall in a museum, I need a card describing what it is. I created a new blank layer at the top of the layer stack. Using the Rectangular Marquee Tool, I made a rectangular area below the framed image and filled it with white. Then, while the selection marching ants is still there, I clicked on the button at the bottom of the Layers Panel to add a solid color fill layer. Since the marching ants were still on, a layer mask came with the solid color fill that allows the color to be applied only on the card. In the color picker, I selected a color from the image. And, I set the opacity to 10% in the layers panel. This way it is only a hint of the color and not stark white.
Next, I want to put a stroke just on the inside of the card's edges. I added a new layer at the top of the layer stack, named it stroke ..... with that layer active, held down the command / control key and clicked on the thumbnail of the card layer to put a selection around the card ..... went to the menu and used Select / Modify / Contract ..... and contracted the selection by 20 pixels.
Then I used Edit / Stroke and gave it an 8 pixel stroke.
Step 13. Next I added the three text layers giving the title, category, and artist.
Step 14. Now I want to add a burned border around the outside edge so as to draw the eye into the layout. There are a variety of ways to do this. I will use a method that I frequently use. With the top layer in the layers panel active, I held down the Option / Alt key and click on the button at the bottom of the layers panel to Create a new layer. This opens the New Layer dialog. I entered the name burn edge ..... changed the Mode to Soft Light ..... and checked the box for Fill with Soft-Light-neutral color. This puts a 50% gray layer at the top of the layer stack.
Then I selected a soft edge black brush, set the brush Opacity to 30% in the Option Bar. and clicked on one corner of the layout. I held down the Shift key as I was doing this for all four corners. This keeps the lines straight and makes it all one brush stroke so that it is all at 30% opacity. If the burned edge is too dark for you, you can decrease the layer opacity to where you want it. I left mine as is.
So now I have my framed tree textured image hanging on the museum wall.
This was a long blog entry. I hope your eyes didn't glaze over too much. There are a lot of things that I showed that you may find helpful in your digital scrapbooking.
Enjoy what you do.