The Daily Texture for 11/24/2015
Who doesn't enjoy the beauty of a country sunrise? Today's Daily Texture depicts it in all it's warm, colorful glory! I paired it with one of my white tailed deer photos, which was actually made late in the evening. I thought he'd be much more handsome with the glow of the sunrise. :) I used the texture as a background, and as a soft light layer on top. I masked away the deer's background, leaving just a hint showing, since there was another buck just behind him. This texture blended perfectly with the scene and gave him the nice colors only a country sunrise can provide!
While I was working with my beautiful buck photos from last night, I chose another one and decided to use it with one of the new scenic backgrounds, Field 1. I blended away most of his background, leaving some grass around his feet to blend with the field background. After merging, I decided this photo was just a little too sharp for the painterly background. So I took the merged image into Topaz Impression and applied some layers of painting presets to just the deer and his grass. After merging those, I took the image into Corel Painter and did some slight blending of the fur on the deer and added some additional brushstrokes until I was happy with his look.
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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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