Sigh...I had such good intentions to be a more consistent blogger, but I've fallen even farther behind than before :-( So this week I decided to jump back on the Texture Tuesday Train and see if I can get my momentum back :-)
For this week's Texture Tuesday, Kim asked us to use a photo that we shot outdoors. This was more difficult for me than I though it would be. Since 99% of my photos were taken outdoors, I had a lot to choose from. I could have posted more photos of baby ducks because I've taken quite a few (that's an understatement), but don't want to bore you :-)
This photo was taken last August at the Keller Fountain in downtown Portland while I was waiting to see Les Miserables at the Keller Auditorium. It was a gorgeous day and there were lots of people frolicking in the fountain, even though there is a sign warning that the water is untreated and not meant for wading. Oh well, that's people for you :-)
Textures by Kim Klassen
Pumpkin Grunge :: Soft Light at 30%
Mayzee :: Overlay at 50%
SOOC taken with my Nikon D3100, 50mm 1.8, 1/30, f/5.6
Rather than go through each ingredient in the recipe, I thought I'd share the vignette technique that I used for this photo, which I learned from Matt Kloskowski on the NAPP website. I can't share the link to the video tutorial, or they might revoke my membership, but I will try to explain it as best I can :-)
1. If your image has multiple layers, press Command/Control > Option/Alt >Shift > E to Merge Visible Layers. That way the layers are still available if you need them, whereas if you flatten the image they are not.
2. On the Merged copy, use the Marquee Tool to make a rectangular (or square) selection within the image, leaving a border outside the selection.
3. Soften the selection by choosing Select from the Menu Bar, then Modify > Feather. In his example Matt feathered his selection 225 pixels (I don't remember what I used), but you can play around with that amount. The selection will now have rounded corners.
4. Next choose Select > Inverse, which inverts the selection to create the border that will become the vignette.
5. Press Command/Control J to place the selection on its own layer.
6. Change the Blend Mode to Multiply and adjust the Opacity to lighten or darken the vignette.
Here's a Screen Shot which might help you visualize what the vignette looks like in the Layers Panel.
Like most techniques in Photshop, there are several methods for creating a vignette. I've tried a few of them, but I like this one because it deepens the colors the colors that are already in the image, rather than painting the vignette with a brush. But it all depends on the look you are trying to achieve.
I hope I did a good job at explaining this technique and of course, please let me know if you need help!