I'm a few days behind as usual :-) I had taken some photos of hearts carved on trees a couple of weeks ago at Dawson Creek Park here in Hillsboro, and thought I could use one for this week's Texture Tuesday Challenge, The Love eDition, over at The Kim Klassen Cafe.
But I wasn't happy with the way my photos turned out, for various reasons, so I went back to the park on Wednesday and found more trees and hearts, including this one. I thought it was a cute take on the usual inscriptions and the theme!
|Tree Love :: Texturized|
|Tree Love :: SOOC|
I was going to try to use the before and after mouse-over technique that Kim shared with us the other day, but my brain doesn't want to focus today, so I'll try that another time :-)
But here is a screen shot I took of the Layers Panel, so you could see how I processed this photo. A Screen Shot is something I had wondered about, too, but I don't remember where I found out how to do it. It's easy, though. On a Mac, it's Command + Shift + 4. A little target will appear and you can select the image you want to take a shot of. It seems to automatically save to the Desktop, so you can just navigate there to find and upload it. I'm sorry, but I don't know how to do it on a PC.
First I made a copy of the background and changed the Blend Mode to Soft Light at 30%. Then I made a copy of the Soft Light layer, set that at 20% and masked off the tree and inverted it so that it would still be just slightly darker. I added the Hue/Saturation and Levels layers to both deepen and brighten the tones (if that makes sense), again masking the tree to hide the adjustments.
Then I added three of Kim's lovely Love textures: Ugg Love, Mad Love, and Love in Layers, adjusting the opacities of the layers themselves, as well as the opacities of the masks. Here's a Screen Shot of the Mask Panel of the Mad Love layer, so you can see what I mean, if you're not familiar with adjusting the opacity of a mask.
Finally, I added the background frame, which is something I learned form Scott Kelby's book, The Adobe Photoshop CS4 Book for Digital Photographers. But this is already kind of a long post so I will save that for another day, if that's OK!
I hope you enjoyed this post and perhaps learned something new!