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This Bed is Just Right by Rebecca Danzenbaker

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This Bed Is Just Right by Rebecca Danzenbaker  Photography

I recently discovered a delightful photographer, Rebecca Danzenbaker. We’re both Zenfolio users and I saw her site featured in the Zenfolio examples. (Her site, by the way—check it out.) Becky gladly gave me a bit of advise on how to customize my site and I gave her some textures to try out. I love it when artists share resources. Becky shows she’s a kindred spirit in this lovely blog post. (Thanks for the link luv, too!)

Becky took a rather strong, deep colored texture, Fantin Edged from the French Kiss Texture Collection II and used it to add a delicate touch of sweet textured tones with a whimsical painterly spot. This is rockin’ texture work—bending a texture to your vision!

Fantin Edged

Rebecca Explains Her Process

I Applied Fantin Edge in Overlay Mode and adjusted the layer to 75% opacity.

Using a soft round paint brush, I selected a color of the texture at the approximate location of the middle of the baby’s face, then painted over the baby’s skin directly on the texture layer to remove the textured look from his skin, while preserving the warmth of the texture itself.
Finally, I added a levels adjustment to bring in some more of the mid-tones of the texture.

Editor’s note: That works great! Here’s another way, first use a layer mask on the texture to block the texture, then on a layer above the texture, set the blend mode to match the texture—in this case Overlay— paint in the color on that layer. I had best results applying that painted layer as a clipping mask to the texture.

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2 Responses to This Bed is Just Right by Rebecca Danzenbaker

  1. Kandace June 3, 2014 at 11:34 pm #

    I tried Rebecca’s way but that didn’t work. Quote: “Using a soft round paint brush, I selected a color of the texture at the approximate location of the middle of the baby’s face, then painted over the baby’s skin directly on the texture layer to remove the textured look from his skin, while preserving the warmth of the texture itself.” Did she add a mask first? What was the opacity of the brush? Did she paint on the texture or mask? I could not get that to work.

    2nd: After blocking the texture, do you duplicate the layer or just add a new layer above the textured layer?

    Thanks, Kandace

    • Leslie Nicole June 20, 2014 at 5:58 pm #

      Hi Candace,
      She painted directly on the texture. Specific opacities of the brush would depend on the image and the effect you want. I think her opacity was close to 100% to get all the texture off. I hope to do another tutorial on this again. I’m not sure what you mean by blocking the texture?

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