The Daily Texture for 11/04/2015
I absolutely LOVE Today's Daily Texture! Who ever thought RAIN could be so inspiring? It certainly was with this one. I used this texture to pair with a photo of a Nuthatch.
First, I placed the photo on top of the texture and blended away her background, slightly leaving a little of the tree trunk she was perched on visible. Then I went back to the base texture layer and duplicated it, setting it on multiply at about 50%. This darkened things a bit, which is what I wanted, especially at the bottom. Then I duplicated the texture layer again, and placed this one on top of the bird, setting it to soft light at 100%. I masked a little of this layer off the bird, but left it over the background. The I duplicated that layer again, and set it to soft light at 50%, which darkened things around the edges a bit more and gave a nice glow of light around her head.
At this point, I merged everything, and I could have stopped there. But the bird photo was a bit more noisy than I liked, especially in comparison with the texture. I suffer with this noise issue a lot with my birds, because I usually shoot them at a higher ISO to be able to capture their movement without blurring. I had denoised the photo before I worked with it, but it still wasn't enough for my liking.
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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
• Remask for Beginners by Topaz Labs
• Remask 4 Tutorial by Topaz Labs
• Layer Masking in Photoshop With Textures
• A Breakdown of Blending Modes | Photoshop Tutorial by Aaron Nace