Next Tuesdays theme ....Tuesday, March 11th.
I decided to use an image of paperwhites that was taken in my "garden" in my dining room. This photo was taken 8 January 2007 in the afternoon. My garden is on the floor by a window. At this time, there were some Christmas cactus (not in bloom) and the tray of paperwhites sitting on a concrete stepping stone that I had made. The stepping stone has a geometric design on it made from pieces of cut stained glass. The glass is a blue iridescent color. My garden has a wonderful blue frog in it. You can't see it very well . . . it is painted on the jug along with flowers.
This is my original image, straight out of the camera.
And this is my final image.
If you would like to see how I did this, click on the Read More button and follow along with me while I show you what I did.
I opened my photo in Photoshop CS6. You can follow along where I am in the Layers Panel by noticing which layers are visible and active. The image is the size it came from the camera and is the background layer.
Next I duplicated the background layer. I like to make a copy of my original so that if I make a goof I still have my original as the background layer. Then I converted the image to a black and white image. You can use any method you like to make your black and white layer. I actually used NIK Silver Efex Pro 2 to convert my image. This is how out looks at 100% Opacity for the black and white layer.
Then I reduced the layer's Opacity to 60% so that you can see some of the color coming through.
Now I brought in Kim Klassen's texture kk_stainedlinen. This is one of my favorite textures. I reduced the layer Opacity to 70% and set the Layer Blend Mode to Hard light. This gave a nice warming tone to the whole image.
Next, I brought in a corner design that came from Dover. It was a black image. I reduced the layer Opacity to 80%.
Then I added a solid color fill layer by clicking the button at the bottom of the Layer Panel . . . selected a brown color from the image for the color fill . . . and clipped the layer to the corner image layer.
Next, I duplicated the corner image . . . Used Transform to flip it in the horizontal . . . used the Free Transform to resize the image smaller . . . moved it to the right corner . . . then added the same color fill layer clipped to it.
I am currently taking Amanda Taylor's class "The Art of Journaling" at Scrapaneers. I thought it would be nice to use one of the ideas that Amanda showed us. I used text on a path. I used the Ellipse Tool, with path set, to create an oval path around the flowers. So I could see where the path was more easily, I added a layer and filled it with white. And, I reduced its visibility to 50% so I could see where the path was being created. I made the path around the flowers.
I turned off the visibility of the white layer. On a new layer, using the Horizontal type tool I paced my text on the path. I had used black for the text color. So I changed the blend mode to Divide. This made the text white. I then rasterized (simplified) the text layer. Then I created a second path for a larger oval and put my text on that path . . . Divide blend mode. I rasterized the text layer. Then I merged my two text layers into one layer. I moved the curved text to where I wanted them. And had this.
But, now I wanted my text to be below my texture layer so that the texture was also applied to the text. I moved the text layer below the texture layer.
I selected the top color fill layer since it was the top most visible layer. I was then able to create a composite layer of all the visible layers below it using the keyboard shortcut, Command + Option/Alt + Shift + E. This gave me all what was visible below in a single layer.
Now I can use the Filter > Lens Correction . . . select the Custom Tab . . . set Vignette Amount to -50 . . . click OK. This gave a nice darkening around the corners and sides so as to emphasize the central part pf image.
Here it is now. This is the final adjustment I made.
Here is my final result.
I hope you enjoyed seeing how I did this.
Live life fully and enjoy.