Flypaper Textures

Misty morning

This image was done for a texturing challenge over on Flickr, the starting image was kindly  provided by flickr member  Adrigu . Misty landscapes are always great to texture so I jumped at the chance to do this and thought I’d share my recipe here.

To start with I cropped the original rectangle square and roughly added some extra sky.
Serafina Sky @ Soft Light 100%
Concorde @ Overlay 100%
Copy of background @ Overlay 46%
Iridescent Brush @ Subtract  52% (subtract is a new blending mode that appeared in CS5, if you don’t have CS5 you’re going to have to experiment with some of the other modes)
Then I added the birds.
Brown blurred texture from seriykotik1970 @ overlay 83% this added warmth but didn’t do all that much texturally. A warm colour blending mode would probably have achieved the same effect.
At this stage my photo looked like this

It was okay but needed a bit of “life” so I lightly used the fake HDR adjustment (in CS5), this brightened things and especially accentuated the painterly sky textures.  A careful curves adjustment may have achieved something similar.
Iridescent brush and Serafina Sky are from the Painterly pack, Concorde is from Tex Box 2.
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6 Responses to “Misty morning”

  1. Mike says:

    Very nice, as usual. How did you add the birds?

  2. Borealnz (Jill) says:

    Thanks Mike, to add the birds I cut out some birds from another image (I take photos of birds in flight for just this purpose) and pasted them in, duplicating and rotating them slightly to get a bit of variation. Another way of doing it would be to use a bird brush, there are lots of those around. Hope that helps.

  3. lisa says:

    These are really lovely. I am growing to like (a lot) the HDR adjustment in CS5. It seems to give it just enough, but not too much (as long as you don't go crazy with the adjustments)! As always, beautiful work!

  4. Photon Concepts says:

    Thanks! These are great! Here's a few of my first. I used some well overdue pics from Yosemite. Also a little of my own recipes in CS5. Cheers.
    http://photonconcepts.blogspot.com/2010/11/yosemite-and-some-flypaper-testing.html

  5. Borealnz (Jill) says:

    Thanks Lisa, you're right the HDR is great used in moderation :-)
    ..and Peter, thanks for the link, it's wonderful to see our textures being used so well.

  6. Gilding Lilies says:

    This is stunning!

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