The Daily Texture for 12/18/2015
Today's Daily Texture is filled with wonderful golden tones, along with some splashes of rose red and a touch of light olive green. I had a vision here of what I wanted to do with this one - I wanted a dog holding a rose. Looking through three years of dog photos, I can't believe how difficult it was to find a dog with his/her mouth closed so I could insert the rose! I finally found a dark colored Cairn Terrier in the perfect pose.
As an added bonus, I'd photographed a light colored Cairn Terrier at the same time, in the same light. So...I got more adventurous and decided to add this second dog into the art.
Both photos were beyond horrible. Too much noise. Weird lighting. The kind of stuff you get when you're photographing a dog show indoors where it's about as difficult on the photographer as it can get! I had to make a lot of adjustments on this one.
The art ended up being a composite of three images - both dogs and the rose, paired with the texture as a background. I used Topaz Lens Effects to play with lighting on both the dogs. After merging, I darkened the area around their feet more to ground them, since I had masked away a large portion of the weird looking floor.
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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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