For next week: You are invited to link up whatever you wish to showcase, OR if you are up for a learning or practice challenge, I'd like to suggest the following:
Use a photograph to which you have applied at least one of my textures AND use a LAYER MASK to remove some of the texture where it does not enhance the image.
For those of you who use Layer Masks all the time this will not be difficult. For those of you who do not use layer masks yet, this will be incentive to learn how and to give it a try. Be patient with yourself, it does take a while to understand and execute - BUT at some point it will just CLICK! and you will wonder why you ever thought it was challenging.
Have you ever applied a texture to your photograph and while you get a fairly nice effect it just seems to leave the photograph looking a bit dark, heavy or 'muddy'? Sometimes adjusting the opacity is just not enough to remove the muddiness, and sometimes there are portions of a photograph that you do not want the texture to 'mask'. Layer masks are perfect for removing some of the texture from specific places on your work in progress.
For example, few of you/us share images with people as the subject, but if you did (and you've used a texture) you would usually want to remove the texture from the person's face. Sometimes you may want the texture to frame your subject, say a flower, but you want to remove the texture from, and display the purity of, the flower's petals. Layer Masks are a great PS tool to accomplish this.
Photoshop CS includes a layer mask. Some of you may, however be working with versions of PSE that do not furnish a layer mask. If that is the case you can get a layer mask in the form of an action (for free!) from Rita at The Coffeeshop Blog. Rita also supplies the method for installing the action in PSE and some tips on using layer masks.
Here is the link to get the layer mask action from The Coffeeshop Blog:
Here are another couple of links to tutorials on the topic of how to use layer masks:
If you want more info, just google "layer mask tutorials".
To recap re next Photo Art Friday's challenge: If you want you can take the challenge to link up an image on which you have added at least one of my textures and then used a layer mask to adjust the texture's appearance over your photo. If you just want to link up your latest piece of photo art and not take up the challenge, that is fine too.
I am publishing this post a bit early. Even tho' the last paragraph says the gallery doors are open, the Inlinkz tool only becomes available at 7:00 p.m. EST today (Thursday).