Here is one photograph with four different textured looks. Sometimes, I know right away what texture to use with a photograph, but often, I try several different approaches to see which works best. Usually, one direction will be the clear winner, but occasionally, I just can’t decide!
The Image: A Red Double Poppy
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Photoshop Post-Processing Steps
I thought this image had a lot of potential, but straight out of the camera it’s a bit listless. (Frankly, most images “SOC” need a little love.)
- Levels adjustment layer to add contrast.
- A burn / dodge layer to dodge the highlight edges a bit to increase the dimensionality in the layered petals.
- Cloning to clean up any dirt specks, etc.
- Topaz Labs Filter Adjust / Exposure Adjustment. I don’t always use this filter, but sometimes it does a really nice job.
- Pixel Bender / Oil Paint. (Free. CS5 only) I love this filter. It gives me clean edges and a painterly feel.
- Topaz Labs Filter Detail. I usually find that the Pixel Bender filter looks better sharpened up.
- I then used a layer mask to selectively edit what parts of the filters I wanted to show / hide.
Texture: La Brume from the Craquelure Texture Collection
I created this texture for this image. It is a neutral, quiet texture with just enough personality to be interesting and to give — well, a little texture.
Texture: La Brume with a fresh, green hue.
Texture: Deco Verte from the French Kiss Texture Collection II
I’ve been on a watercolor kick lately, so I decided to try a watercolor background. (not yet available)
Which Do You Like?
I can’t decide which to choose. Leave a comment with your choice. How about you? Do you try several variations?
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