Kim's guideline for us today was:
Tuesday, April 9th theme is the 2-For eDition
What does this mean?
Your photo must contain at least 2 layers of any of my textures. That's it that's all.....
So, for today I will go from this photo ...
. . . to this image.
And, here is how I did it.
I opened the photo in Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) and tweaked it a little bit. Then I opened it in Photoshop CS6 as my background layer.
I took this photo at the Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha, Nebraska, a few days after
Christmas 2010. The flowers were a little beyond their prime, but still very beautiful.
Next, I duplicated the layer so that If I really went too wild in what I was doing, I would have the original image still there as the background layer.
Then I brought in Kim's kk_0802 texture. This is what it looks like at Normal Mode and 100% Opacity.
Then, I left the Opacity at 100%, but changed the Layer Blend Mode to Vivid Light.
I really liked what this does to the leaf area of the photo. It brings in these beautiful iridescent colors. But, I did not like what it did for the flowers. Then I thought about using the Blend If option in the Blending Options dialog. I double clicked in the right side of the layer name area to open the Blending Options area of the Layer Style dialog.
You can see it a little better here. Notice that in the General Blending area that it shows it is at Vivid Light.
In the Blend If area, I have left the This Layer sliders where they were . . . the Black at the far left, and the White at the far right. I changed the Underlying Layer sliders. I left the Black at the far left. But, I split the White slider and set the left-half at 59 and the right-half at 94. You can split the sliders by holding down the option / alt key while clicking on half the slider and dragging it away from the other half. Splitting a slider in half and moving the parts separately gives you smoother transitions.
If you haven't used the Blend If option before, you should try it and experiment a little with it. This can really do some very nice blending of an image into a layer below it. I think you will have fun with it.
This is how it looks while I am in the dialog. Notice how well it brought in the flowers and still kept the nice iridescence of the leaves.
Here is it without the dialog.
I was very happy with this. BUT . . . then I remembered that this was a 2-For eDition of Texture Tuesday. I needed another layer of a Kim Texture. I brought in Kim's kk_1301. This is what it looks like at Normal Mode and 100% Opacity. I like the green coloring . . . thought this would do something nice for the leaf area.
Then I changed the Layer Blend Mode to Hue at 100% Opacity . . . and double clicked in the layer name area to open the Blend Options dialog. In this case, I adjusted both the This Layer and Underlying Layer sliders.
For the This layer I split the White slider and set the left-half to 236 and kept the right-half at 255. For the Underlying Layer, I split the White slider and set the left-half to 129 and kept the right slider at 255. And I now have . . .
I like the way the leaf area is now iridescent green and yellow . . . maybe more appropriate colors for leaves . . . but I liked the blues leaves, too. However, the flowers need a little more color.
I duplicated the original flower image and brought it up to the top of the layer stack. And, I added a black layer mask. If your layer mask come in white, just invert it with Command / Control - I to change it to black. The black mask hides all of the layer. So my layout looks just the same at this point.
Then with a white round soft brush I painted over the flower in the upper left to allow that part of the layer image to show. This added the color to this one flower. I was planning to color in more flowers, but I like it this way so I left it with just coloring this one flower. I now have this . . .
So I went from this . . .
To this . . .
And, this is where this adventure through Photoshop ends. I enjoyed creating this image. I hope that you found it interesting and maybe even helpful to you in some of your layer blending.
Life life fully.