After the rather complicated Before & After from Yesterday, I thought I’d show a much simpler example.
Refer to the Layer Panel below for an edit overview.
- This was photographed in natural light, so the background is not completely white. I first retouched out the clamp and floral foam base.
- I made the background image (peony) into a layer by double-clicking the layer.
- Then I added a layer below the peony and filled it with white.
- Then I selected the background with the magic wand, feathered it 2 pixels and used the selection to create a layer mask.
- I then inverted the mask so that the background now revealed the white from the layer below.
- I created a merged copy of the the based edits. (See: Photoshop Keyboard Shortcut: Copy Visible and Paste In A New Layer)
- Then I ran the Oil Paint filter In Photoshop CS6. I used a high Stylization setting, a medium Cleanliness setting and 0 Shine. (See: Using The Oil Paint Filter In Adobe Photoshop CS6)
- I then gave the image a levels adjustment as I’ve found the Oil Paint filter tends to flatten the contrast.
- Then I created a merged copy of these two layers. (first I turned off the base edit layers that I no longer needed.)
- Then I applied the Topaz Labs Detail 2* filter with the Creative Detail Accent preset.
- I then added the Heirloom2 texture from the Glorious Grunge collection.
- Blend Mode: Multiply / Opacity: 88%
- I added a levels adjustment layer with a clipping mask to brighten the highlights of the texture.
- I added a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer with a clipping mask to subtly shift the color from a green gray to a warm gray.
- I then added a sheet of vintage French script
- Blend Mode: Normal / Opacity: 100%
- I added a layer mask filled with black.
- With one of the free grunge brushes, I revealed selective areas of the script by painting with white.
- Then I copied the script layer, moved it and shifted the text around to see another area of the page.
That’s a mouthful for something that was quick and fast! Look at the Layer Panel to see it broken down visually.
The Script Page
This one is not yet available in the store, but any script page will do. (I’ll get some on the store soon.)
Let me know if this Before & After has too many details. Would you prefer simpler examples that just give general details?
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