Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Honesty (texture tutorial and recipe)

In this quick and easy tutorial, I'll illustrate how I transformed this photo of honesty in a bottle into something more painterly and rich. Mouseover the photo to see the before and after effects.

The first texture I tried was Pompeii stucco, an easy-to-use texture that adds depth.

I opened the texture in photoshop and dragged it on top of my photo, don't worry if your texture is a different size or shape from your image, just resize to fit.
Once your texture is covering your image, have a play with the blending modes and opacities. Here it is at Soft Light 47%

I rarely use just one texture on an image so I tried some more and ended up using a layer of Necropolis at Overlay -40%  and a layer of Elysium at Colour burn -14%

Just a quick curves adjustment layer to tweak the tone and contrast a little. Click "Create new fill or adjustment layer" button at the bottom of your layers pallet  and selecting curves from the drop down list.

And we're done!


paulgrand said...

Superb, I love the clarity of this tutorial.
Jill, you are the master tutorialist!:-)

missnoma said...

What a fabulous way to teach textures...Even a newbie like me should be able to follow and enjoy...Thank you so much...

Borealnz (Jill) said...

Thanks Missnoma, glad you found it helpful :-)

Anonymous said...

I love your tutorials. One question, when you are satisfied with your edit, do you flatten the image?


Borealnz (Jill) said...

Hi, glad you enjoy the tutorials. What I do is save as the PSD file with the layers intact so I can go back later and tweak things if necessary or reproduce the effect in another photo (you can drag layers between documents) and then I flatten and save as jpeg in two different sizes -one small for online use and a large one for things like printing or Getty. So in reality I end up with3 files, a psd complete with layers, and two finished jpegs and that's not counting the original raw file and the unprocessed Jpeg.
Hope that makes sense.

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