HOW TO ADD TEXTURE TO AN IMAGE WITHOUT ADDING ITS COLOR
Today I am just going to go over a really short but handy workflow I use all the time to add texture subtly and give a somewhat painterly effect to an image. This technique is from one of my older Tidbits Blogs and I literally go back to it all time to remember how I did it. Figure it might be as handy for you as it is to me. The image above is of the Frog Fountain at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. (Actually the fountain is a working sundial and each Frog represents an hour on the clock. The Turtles represent the four seasons. I find it quite humorous as they seem to be having a grand ole time spitting at each other.) This image was used in the demo video linked below. It used a French Kiss texture (see sidebar at my Tidbits Blog for website link) called Tableaux Secret Garden – I find her textures work well with this technique since they are all very painterly.
The Hawaiian Orchids above were treated with a different type of texture from French Kiss called Solstice SeaSprite. The image below was taken at the entrance to SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida, and is a great place to take photos – very Disneyland-like colors! It used her Artiste Fauve Rainbow texture.
This look was created by following this workflow:
1. After all corrections are made to the image, select a texture and place it on top – depending on the type of texture (large sweeping strokes like in the Sea World image versus more of a grainy look as in the Orchid image) different effects can be created, some looking quite painterly.
2. A Hue/Saturation Adjustment Level is clipped to the texture layer (by ALT+clicking between the layers or click the bottom left icon in the adjustment layer panel) and Saturation is set to -100 to desaturate the texture. Clipping the adjustment layer to the texture allows no color from the actual texture – only color changes will be from changes to the image itself.
3. The texture blend mode is then set (for the Fountain, Vivid Light blend mode at 45% layer opacity, the Orchids used Linear Dodge at 53%, and for the Sea World image, Hard Light at 34%). Try different blend modes, even Normal is fine in lots of cases, to see which looks best with your image.
4. A Levels Adjustment Layer or Curves Adjustment Layer can be added to brighten the image as the texture tends to darken the midtones down.
That was it and you get a nice painterly effect! Pretty easy and adds a nice touch to your images. Hope everyone has a great week!…..Digital Lady Syd
QUICK AND EASY PHOTOSHOP PAINTING FUN!
Recently I purchased a video class called Quick & Easy Digital Painting Like a Professional by Kristen Palana from Udemy. Not sure how often I will use the technique, but it was a lot of fun. The image above was taken during a show for the seals at SeaWorld Orlando a few years ago. This was actually a live egret walking along the fence. Kristen’s techniques create an underpainting layer, a regular painting layer, a drawing layer, and an effect layer, at a minimum. She tells you what brushes to use and how to paint the layer effects. On the above, all of her steps were not followed, but it has her illustrative look to it. On the Spoonbill image (from the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Rookery) below, I tried to follow all the steps. I still do not quite get similar results, but I did learn a few new painting techniques and created a couple new brushes to use for my own style. She does supply an image to work along with her and that was very helpful. I like to try out the different procedures as they are presented. Overall it was a lot of fun to do. The Spoonbill image also used on top French Kiss (for website link, see sidebar at my Tidbits Blog) texture Atelier Canvas Overlay set to Vivid Light blend mode and 37% layer opacity to get the canvas effect, and a Matt Kloskowski vignette (see my How to Create a Subtle Vignette blog).
You may not be a professional after trying this tutorial, but good results can be obtained with a just a little effort. The instructions are not too difficult to understand, and if you make the brushes as she explains, the images end up with a nice illustrative feel to them. Kristen’s technique is great for illustrating books. I thought the postcard effect was kind of nice. The process seems to create a little vintage feel in the images. One thing I learned is that by using a drawing layer, many areas of an image can be emphasized or short-comings on the painting can be diminished. This will be useful for all types of painting techniques. On the Spoonbill, the line drawing effect was greatly reduced but on the top image, it had more of an emphasis. If you want to have some plain ole’ painting fun, this is a nice little video. Watch Udemy’s website as they often have big savings on their videos – it is a great place to pick up all kinds of Photoshop and Photography instruction. Hope everyone in the US is having a great holiday – see ya later!…..Digital Lady Syd