TECHNIQUES: Adding Textures in Photoshop Mother's Day Rose

May 17, 2017  •  4 Comments

As the evening light took over day, the glare on petals of the red roses turned into velvet. After a while, photographers' eyes become trained to see this. And while I was heading to another area in the garden, it would have been a travesty to pass up this gift. That's what I love about shooting outdoors. Things change outside of our control - sometimes for the better! Striking a balance and being nimble in the field allows us to receive opportunities we can't predict.

Since I wanted to do this for Mother's Day, I went for high drama, therefore, during the post-processing stage, I searched for a couple of images (textures that I shot) that would kick this up a few notches.

I went with a combination of daytime clouds and a "bokeh abstract" in deep jewel tones hoping the two would pair to yield a galactical sky. Something one might see from the Hubble Telescope.

Take a close look at the panels in Photoshop and you'll see that I layered each "texture" over my base image twice. I doubled the Bokeh Abstract to multiply the effect of deepening the color in select areas and the Clouds twice, rotated horizontally, since they are weighted more heavily to one side of the image and I wanted a more balanced look. Don't forget to test the varying effects of each of the blend modes. I typically land on Normal, Overlay, Soft, Screen, or Luminosity. Of course, after laying down my textures, I added layer masks and painted away the areas I wanted to be revealed from my background & lower layers.

To finish it off, I saved it back to Lightroom, where all of my edits begin and end, and touched it up a smidge by darkening the bottom.

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!

 

 


Comments

Natalia(non-registered)
Thank you very much for sharing this information! I liked the picture very much when i saw it for the first time and now i know how you did it it. Wonderful!
Nancy Kirkparick(non-registered)
Loved the finished image! Your editing tips are so helpful. I always learn something new.
Nancy Kirkpatrick(non-registered)
Thank you. I'm a big fan of your backgrounds so it's nice to see what your process is. I like how you emphasize being flexible in the field and also how important it is to have a great image to start with.
Eileen Sklon(non-registered)
Thank you for sharing your technique. Adding each texture twice adds such richness!
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