Carl and Rick’s April 1st presentation is here:
Applying Texture Overlays
1. Open image in Photoshop or PSE (version 9 or higher to be able to work with layers)
2. Process as you normally would for proper exposure and crop image to your liking
3. Use additional plugin software such as NIK and/or Topaz Simplify filters to optimize the image and merge layers when done
4. Open texture file to use with (flower) photo
(note the texture image will open in a new window)
5. Go to ‘Select All’ > ‘edit’ > ‘copy’
6. Then with flower image selected, go to ‘edit > paste’ to copy the texture image onto the flower
Alternatively – with both images displayed side by side on screen and with the move tool selected, hold shift key down as you click on the texture, and drag it onto the other image. This will center the texture directly over the image
7. Go to ‘edit’ > ‘transform’ > ‘scale’ to adjust the placement of the texture over the flower, dragging the handles from the texture to the corners of the flower image if necessary
8. Hit ‘enter’ to commit the change
9. From the layers panel, cycle through the blend modes to see which one appeals to you most for use with your selected image
(hint: hold down the shift key + right arrow key to cycle through the blend modes quickly)
(hint 2: for flowers shot against a white background, the ‘multiply’ or ‘darken’ blend mode works best)
10. With the texture layer selected, adjust the opacity to your liking
11. Create a layer mask on the texture layer by clicking on the layer mask icon at the bottom of the layers panel
12. From your tools panel, make sure the colors are set to black/white
(hint: black conceals, white reveals)
13. Select a soft brush with values set at 100% opacity and 10-25% flow
(hint: use the left/right bracket keys to change the size of the brush)
14. With black selected, begin painting over the area of the image where you want to remove some of the texture. If you remove too much of the texture, simply change from black to white and paint the texture back in
15. Repeat steps 4 thru 14 if you wish to apply a second texture with a different blend mode
16. Create a clipping mask on the texture layer if you would like to make any adjustments to it. For example, you may want to adjust the hue or saturation of the texture to better complement the colors on your image.
a. To create a clipping mask, with the texture layer selected, choose what adjustment you want to make (ie hue/saturation). Select the 3rd button from the bottom left – that creates the clipping mask and changes will only apply to that particular layer – not the entire image)
17. Merge all the layers when you are finished with applying textures
18. Apply finishing touches with additional plugin software by creating a duplicate layer (ctrl+j)
19. Flatten image and save file.
20. Close without saving any changes you made to your original texture files- otherwise you will overwrite the original.
Member since 2013
“Bernie at the Grand Canyon”
What came first, the photographer or the birder?
Honestly, I don’t remember. I was always fascinated by the pictures of exotic places and the animals in National Geographic Magazine. I think I became interested in birds because of my Mother, and trips to Florida as a kid. As I grew up into a full-fledged (pun intended) science geek, my interest in birds expanded into all things nature. Somewhere along the way, I started taking pictures, sometimes with the family Polaroid to pester my older sisters, and then later with a 35mm Kowa while on trips with the family. I was also the photographer for my high school yearbook.
Unfortunately, life (college and career) got in the way. During 33 years in the biotech field, time and energy available for photography was usually limited to family events and vacations. My old 35mm Minolta sat in the closet for many years, supplanted by a point-and-shoot for convenience.
Eventually, an early 3mP Olympus Ultrazoom got me into the digital world, and as a result of the more or less instant feedback, quality improved. Also, for me, the fun factor increased since I no longer thought about the cost of each photo. Vacations resulted in decent travel photo with family photos looking better and better. A Nikon D40 worked well for few years, but I still wanted better results. I didn’t know what was missing, but if I wanted to improve, I needed to get serious. A colleague suggested classes, but I came across the Hockomock Digital Photographers first. Since joining in late 2013, I have learned so many things, little tips (proper cropping), and major changes (shooting RAW instead of .jpg). I never knew how to look at a photo critically, now I can see details in pictures that I would have missed before. Results have improved, but by seeing the incredible work of others in the club, I can also see how much more there is to learn. Sure, I can take nature photos all day, but I have a long way to go in the architecture and portraiture categories. As a science geek, the artistic side of my brain is as yet undeveloped. The club competitions and assignments continue to challenge me to try new things, and will hopefully make me a better photographer.
I am grateful for the continued help, knowledge, and experience of the club members.