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Re: Using Textures To Enhance Photos - Learn & Share - Post Yours!

Post by Matt Quinn » Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:33 pm

minniev wrote:
Tue Jan 02, 2018 4:00 pm
Yay! Success at last!

Word of warning though: they’re not presets. They are image files mostly in png format. They are to be overlaid on a photoshop image as a layer and worked with to get effects. They won’t give you a finished image, unlike a preset. Instead they will make you crazy until you get your mind wrapped around the use of layers, masks and blend modes.
Thanks, Minnie. As if I'm not crazy enough as it is. We'll see what we see. Thanks again. Matt
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Post by minniev » Sun Jan 07, 2018 7:19 pm

Using textures to alter light.

There are better examples of this, and of course other ways of doing it, but I did want to show another aspect of using textures that we haven't talked much about, the alteration of light.

This is one of many boring shots of dam birds that keep taking up space on my external drive, but for some reason I keep them anyway.

There was a very minimal shaft of light that was coming through one of the grates and striking the bird, so I exposed for the rimlight and let everything else stay underexposed. The bird wasn't doing anything and there wasn't any other light or even water behind him for interest so he just is what he is, a white bird standing on one foot.

In an effort to make him slightly more interesting for the purpose of this thread, I added some glow type effect in Photoshop, warmed things a bit with a gold texture, and found a second texture that had a light shaft in it. I temporarily brought up the exposure a LOT in the original so I could better see where the actual light was falling and could position the layer with the beam over it, and drag it to that shape and size. Then I let put the original back like I had it and fooled with blending modes and opacities and dodge/burn till I got it to this point. Then I cropped it.

It didn't turn it into a grand photo, but I think it can give you an idea of how textures can be applied to serve this purpose.
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Post by LindaShorey » Sun Jan 07, 2018 7:26 pm

minniev wrote:
Sun Jan 07, 2018 7:19 pm
Using textures to alter light.

There are better examples of this, and of course other ways of doing it, but I did want to show another aspect of using textures that we haven't talked much about, the alteration of light...
Fantastic example, Minnie. Thank you!
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Post by Ernst-Ulrich Schafer » Sun Jan 07, 2018 7:36 pm

This mornings photoshop play.

I used two textured here, wiping away with the history brush where I didn't want the texture. I then highlighted her hair using the dodge tool.
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Post by LindaShorey » Sun Jan 07, 2018 7:43 pm

Ernst-Ulrich Schafer wrote:
Sun Jan 07, 2018 7:36 pm
This mornings photoshop play.

I used two textured here, wiping away with the history brush where I didn't want the texture. I then highlighted her hair using the dodge tool.
This is engaging on so many levels!
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Post by minniev » Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:23 pm

Ernst-Ulrich Schafer wrote:
Sun Jan 07, 2018 7:36 pm
This mornings photoshop play.

I used two textured here, wiping away with the history brush where I didn't want the texture. I then highlighted her hair using the dodge tool.
Another great example of using textures in portraits, something I really like (even though I'm terrible at portraiture).
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