One Four: Tibouchina 4 (Texture)

Week 4 in the One Four Challenge: Texture

Week 4 in the One Four Challenge: Texture

So here we are in the final week of September’s One Four Challenge. I’ve followed the suggestions of other bloggers and gone for a texture this time. Here’s what I did to get this look:

  • original image on bottom layer (color)
  • original image on 2nd layer (b/w)
  • add layer mask to b/w 2nd and with eraser at 10% opacity, brush away some of the right flower to let colour through; with eraser at 30% opacity, brush away the edges of the left flower to let colour through
  • open the texture image (“Grunge Cracks – cracked10”, from and convert to b/w; add as layer on top of b/w flowers
  • on texture layer, blend mode is Pin Light, opacity is 80%
  • duplicate texture layer
  • apply Gaussian blur of 30pixels to first texture layer
  • add layer mask to top texture layer, and with large soft brush erase most of the texture from the flowers
  • add layer mask to bottom texture layer, and small soft brush erase most of the stronger cracks

Here are all the versions for comparison, plus the original.


Tibouchina original photo

Be sure to check out the tag “One Four Challenge” to see what other bloggers are doing this month.

A note about Tibouchinas: “Tibouchina /ˌtɪbuːˈkaɪnə/ is a genus of about 350 species of neotropical plants in the family Melastomataceae. They are trees, shrubs or subshrubs growing 0.5–25 m tall, and are known as glory bushes or glory trees. They are native to rainforests of Mexico, the Caribbean, and South America, especially Brazil. The name comes from an adaptation of a term for a member of this genus in an indigenous language of the Guianas.” (from Wikipedia)

And finally — I am on holiday this week with no Internet access, so will be unable to approve or respond to comments. But I’ll catch up when I return!

12 thoughts on “One Four: Tibouchina 4 (Texture)

  1. Your week four edit looks like the symbol of life in the arid desert. Very nice edit! I thought that week 3 will be my favourite because I love the eyes with the flower, but now I can’t decide between week 3 and 4.


  2. lensaddiction says:

    Nice job on the grunge background, its like they have just fallen off and have settled there. I like the softer approach to the colours too


  3. I like the eyes in week 3 best – very original. The contrast of the arid background and delicate petals in week 4 don’t feel right to me but what an interesting effect!


    • I was initially going to use a very different texture of watercolour effects, which I thought would work well with the delicate flowers, but I preferred the result with the cracked texture in the end.


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