I hope all of you had a fabulous Labor Day weekend! I spent most of it dabbling in my studio, of course. Today is Texture Tuesday over at Kim Klassen Cafe. I used one of my photos from Schoodic Peninsula for the challenge. I love the idea of a story board, so I combined that with two of Kim's incredible textures for this week's challenge. I created the composition with Photoshop CS5. I've included a description of techniques, so if you're not a Photoshop or Photoshop Elements user, feel free to ignore it!
I began by filling the bottom layer with a solid, weak gray. I used two layers of Cracker Jack 2 under the photo layer. I wanted the crackle to be well-defined without being overpowering, so I adjusted the opacity of the texture layers until I was satisfied. I set the photo layer to multiply. On top of the photo, I used two layers of Serious Magic set to screen. I sized them to fit the photo. To give the photo a more faded look, I reduced its saturation by about 10%. The font is PegsannaHMK set to soft light. There are two layers and I used a drop shadow under one layer. I reduced the opacity of the drop shadow by about 50%. For the color chips, I used the rectangular mask tool to make a small square. I then modified the mask to feather by 20 pixels. I added the color using the pastel brush from CS5's dry media collection. I made four more copies of the color chip and used the eyedropper to select colors from the photo, adding a different color overlay to each chip. I merged the color chip layers and set them to multiply. Finally, I used the eraser tool and a grunge brush to get rid of the photo's hard edge. I condensed the whole composition using the merge visible command.
If you would like to see how all of our digital artists used Kim's textures, just click on the Texture Tuesdays icon in my right sidebar and it will take you to Kim Klassen Cafe. Thank you, Kim, for hosting the challenge and for your wonderful textures!
Until next time,