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 brusheezy.com/textures) 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.
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!