I’ve wanted a magnolia tree for some time, so I finally planted one this spring. This is the one flower I had this year. I’m looking forward to more next year!
Here’s the image with only the initial adjustments in Lightroom.
Below, I’ve made adjustments in Photoshop using the Topaz Labs Adjust 4 filter* using the Clarity setting (one of my go to settings.) I then also added a levels adjustment layer for more contrast. A vibrance adjustment layer gave me a little more pop in the color under the magnolia petals.
I then applied 3 textures from the Artiste Collection.
The Photoshop Layer Panel
You can see the details for each layer written in the layer panel.
A few notes to point out.
- I often use adjustment layers on textures. I find when I use the multiply blend mode, I almost always increase the contrast. (see tutorials on using adjustment layers and using clipping masks.
- I added a little blue color on the right side. I just painted with blue and then used the color blend mode.
- For the Fauve Rainbow texture, I also use a Burn/dodge overlay layer to deepen the color on the right side a little bit.
- Also on the Fauve Rainbow texture layer, I decreased my layer mask to only 43%. I wanted more of that texture to come through over the flower.
Let me know if you can see the details of each layer enough in the graphic or if you prefer that I write out the steps as well. Thanks!
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Category: Before & After