I photographed this lovely combination of Aliums and decorative grasses at the Chateau du Rivau, not far from where I live in the Loire Valley, France. It was taken during a garden festival and there were people in the background. I wanted to keep the focus on the alley of aliums so I used a texture to give it a more impressionistic feel and then finished with a Topaz Labs* filter.
I used the Texture, New Day from Les Textures I collection.
Below in the layer panel, you can see that I used a mask to constrain the effects of the texture to the background areas of the photograph. (Remember, black in the layer mask will reveal what’s below the layer.)
Blend Mode: Screen, Opacity: 81%
My final edits:
- I merged the layers above into a new document.
- Retouched some of scraggly looking grass in the front.
- Burned and Dodged here and there.
- Ran Topaz Labs* Filter, Clean.
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Feel free to pin the Before & After at the top for photo tut boards or the final image onto your garden / photo boards. © Leslie Nicole