Check out this reprise of a post from one week ago to see how adding a texture can save a photo:
Here are a few more nondescript photographs from my files on which I have applied some of my painterly textures to see if the photographs could be 'saved'. The results with the painterly textures (Painterly Finesse and Painterly Pizzaz Texture Sets) always excite and amaze me!
First, a levels adjustment on this ordinary photograph to balance dark and light tones. It was then sharpened and a Hue/Saturation adjustment was made. The magic took place, however, when I added one of the painterly textures.
This is the low resolution version of "Blue Skies" from my pdpa Painterly Finesse Texture Set that was applied to the photograph.
After blending the texture with Multiply at 100% Opacity a Layer Mask was applied to the texture layer. With a soft brush at 30% Opacity, I removed texture from the metal rail and wood post in the foreground.
Noticing a small line of light on the sky I lowered the opacity of the brush a bit more and clicked once on top of the line of light (with the Layer Mask still active). That made a soft circle of light by revealing the lighter sky in the photograph under the texture.
Liking the soft orb of light just created, I decided to add some rays of light emanating from the orb.
To add soft rays of light:
* Add a new layer
* Selected SS-Light Beams from my Brushes palette (probably procured from Brusheezy!)
* Clicked the brush icon above in the bar above my image to choose Additional Brush Options and used my mouse to move the arrow on the graph in the lower left hand corner. This allows me to adjust the angle of the rays for this image. I also greatly reduced the size of the light beams brush.
* Clicked rays brush on top of the orb and drastically reduced the opacity. I wanted the rays of light to shine down on the water and to be barely visible.
* Moved back down in layers palette to the texture layer and clicked on its Layer Mask.
* Using a soft brush at very low opacity (20% or so) I clicked along the water with my mouse following the same line as the rays of light already applied. This made a little path of digital light on the St. Lawrence River.
Eh voila! I am super pleased with the result, and in my opinion it is mainly due to the pdpa Blue Skies (Painterly Finesse Texture Set) texture. Magic! (Click image to enlarge.)
(None of the effects added with adjustments and brushes would have had the same effect without the texture.)
* Applied RadLab's "Lights Out", "Divine Light", "Iron Mouse" and "Prettyizer".
* Back in PSE I reduced the total effect of the RadLab application of stylets by reducing the opacity to 85%.
* RadLab is a "plug in". Once purchased it has an icon right in your Photoshop workspace and the adjustments from RadLab are applied straight to your image in the PS or PSE workspace. That means that RadLab shows up on its own layer in your Layers Panel. You can make PS adjustments to the RadLab effect right in that layer. How convenient is that?!
* Another Levels Adjustment to bring back a touch more whites (light).
And again, more magic! Amazing when you consider the dreary photograph I began with!
BTW, these textures do not produce dark images unless you want them that way, which I did. That is why I used Multiply at 100% Opacity to blend them.
Here is another example, again using a rather dull photograph and adding another painterly texture:
Find these two texture sets in my
Texture Sets Shoppe.