The Daily Texture for 10/28/2015
Today's Daily Texture is filled with some luscious pastels, and accented with a rich, olive pickle green. I paired this texture with a still life photo I took several years ago. Now...I am NOT a still life photographer. I don't have the appropriate studio lighting to photograph still life indoors and usually if I photograph objects, I do so outdoors in natural light. But for some reason on the day I took this photo, I tried it indoors. I can't even begin to tell you how horrible this set of photos turned out! The "pose" of the rose in the various places I put it is fine...it's the darkness and graininess of the photos which stink.
Just on a hunch, I opened the Topaz module "Topaz Clean". I've never really messed with this module, but I decided to see what it would do. There's a couple of different choices in there, some which create some pretty odd results. I ended up choosing "Flat Style", which turned my rose and teacup into a sort of computerized watercolor look. I noticed the strength was all the way up on #7. I took that down to a #2, and I REALLY liked the result. I brought it down to #1, which ended up still showing some grain in the darker part of the flower. So I moved it back to #2 strength. After merging the two layers, I brightened the overall image just a little. I'll have to remember this Topaz Clean feature again...as I have a LOT of photos with heavy grain from times past, and using this feature in the software definitely helps to remove it and create a pleasant image!
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I have found a number of great video tutorials over the years on working with masking, layers and working with textures in photography. These are some of the ones I've watched which I recommend:
• Blend Modes & Masking in Paint Shop Pro
• Photoshop Tutorial: Layers and Layer Masks for Beginners
• Layer Masking in Photoshop With Textures
• A Breakdown of Blending Modes | Photoshop Tutorial by Aaron Nace
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