Here it is! Time again for Photo Art Friday!
For this week's submissions you are encouraged to post any piece of photo art you choose OR share a piece of art where you use one of my textures AND THEN use a Layer Mask to finesse the texture application. It's always nice to have a choice, don't you think? Have you made your choice?
I chose the second option and am using my old, favorite test photo for textures, my reliable pear.
Here are the pear photo and the new texture I chose to apply to it:
* open photograph in PSE
* duplicate your layer (you can see I skipped this step)
* apply texture
* blend those two layers in Hard Light at 100% Opacity
* apply Layer Mask to texture layer
* select soft, round Brush at 45% opacity
* select black as foreground color for brush tool
* use your mouse as your 'brush'; paint texture off off where you do not want it
* look at resulting image and decide if you are done or want to make more edits
* I want to apply the Filter, Poster Edges so I select ...
* Layer>Merge Visible> Layer>Duplicate Layer, then select
* Filter>Artistic>Poster Edges
* reduce opacity of Poster Edges to 55%
* add signature
If you would like to add this new texture, "Splash of Gold" to your archives, click HERE.
The 'gallery' doors always open early (7:00 p.m. EST, every Thursday) so you have more than three days to share your artwork here. Hope you can make time to revisit the gallery after you have posted, to see what other delights arrive over the weekend ... and then share a little comment love.
If you still have questions about layer masks, you could include your concerns in your post and hopefully other participants will share their tips with you. My goal has always been that PDPA become a venue for learning and sharing as well as showcasing. This could be a great opportunity for just that.
For next week's Photo Art Friday you have three choices:
1. Submit any piece of your photo art.
2. Continue your work with layer masks and
share a piece on which you have used one.
3. Share a piece of photo art that isn't 'pretty'.
Yes, art isn't always made from what's
beautiful. How about sharing a piece of
photo art that is:
* that captures the underbelly of life
* that highlights the flaw
* that is an artistic statement without having to portray beauty
This doesn't mean that your piece won't be appealing, stunning, arresting or captivating ... it just won't (this time) be based on presenting something generally considered beautiful ...
LOL ... it will probably be important to identify in your post which option you have chosen, so that commenters don't mistake choices #1 or #2 for number #3!