Let's talk next week's TT.....the last Tuesday of the month...and the last TT for 2012.....another Free & Easy eDition.... Let's meet back here in 2013 for a new year of TT......
That's it...that's all.
I looked through some of my photos to see what I wanted to use for this Texture Tuesday. I came across the statue of the sandhill cranes that is by a small pond at the Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha, Nebraska. I decided to use it. I have also been playing around with making groupings of some of my elements into clusters. I have been playing around with making some gold styled letters with enamel on them. So I decided to use all these things together to make this eDition of Texture Tuesday. Here is the photo that I will use.
And, this is my final layout.
And, this is how I did it.
Step 1. I opened a new 12 x 12-inch, 300 ppi, RGB, white background document. I brought in for the layer above the background layer a cluster that I made from some of my flower and leaf elements.
I am using Photoshop CS6. However, I have a hard time seeing the default gray text on the dark gray background of the CS6 interface. So, I went into the Photoshop Preferences / Interface / Appearance / Color Theme and changed it so that I have the dark text on a light background. This is similar to how it is in CS5 and is easier for me to see the items. That is why my CS6 does not have the dark appearance.
Step 2. Next I brought in Kim's texture kk_cherish. This is how it looks when added to the layer stack at Normal Mode and 100% Opacity. It is a beautiful texture with subtle coloring and a border.
I then changed the Layer Blend Mode to Linear Burn and kept the Opacity 100%. This allows the cluster to show through.
Step 3. I wanted more of the coloring from the texture so I duplicated the layer, Command / Control - J, and kept the blend mode as Linear Burn, but decreased the Opacity to 50%. This gave me what I wanted.
Step 4. Next I brought in my photo. Here it is at Normal Mode and 100% Opacity. I used the Free Transform, Command / Control - T, to resize the photo and put it where I wanted it.
Step 5. I used the Lasso Tool to draw a selection around the birds. I am going to refine the edge of the selection so that the image will blend into the layers below. Here is the selection that I made.
In the Options Bar, I clicked on Refine Edge to open the Refine Edge dialog.
I set the Edge Detection Radius to 250 px, the Adjust Edge Feather to 50 px, and had the Output Output To set to Selection. This gives me my refined edge selection as a selection on the layer image. I clicked on OK, and my refined edge selection is now showing. It may look about the same here, but it is now the refined edge.
Step 6. I now jumped the selection onto its own layer, Command / Control - J, and turned off the visibility of the layer below the new layer, the image layer that had the selection showing. You can see how nicely the birds blend into the background. I have the layer blend mode at Normal and the Opacity 100%,
Step 7. I want the bird image to be a little darker. I duplicated the layer, Command / Control - J, left the mode at Normal and left the Opacity at 100%. This made it just the way I wanted it to be.
Step 8. The last thing to do was to bring in my title. I created the title in another document and then brought it into this document. I used a technique that gave me a golden letter with an enamel area in the letter.
And this is my finished layout. Here it is by itself.
I hope you enjoyed seeing how I did this.
As Porky Pig would say, "That's All Folks!" And, that is all for 2012. Texture Tuesday will start again in 2013.
Until next time ... enjoy life.