I discovered this technique on a Facebook macro forum I follow. I use “follow” generously, as I haven’t looked at this group in months. Serendipitously, I saw it in my feeds the other day and decided to take a look at what new items had been posted. Wow! I find this manipulation so much fun. Directions at the bottom.
From an abstract of a colorful leaf
Dandelion Seed Head
Blue Sky, White Clouds
I discovered this technique on the Macro Abstracts/Soft Focus Flowers group on Facebook. Looks like credit belongs to Bill Barber (Website) (Facebook Nature of Orbs Group). Rather than repeat, I’ll just link to his Orb Tutorial. Besides, all of his work — not just his orbs — is amazing and it deserves a visit!
Images 1 & 3 were done with little editing to the files. Images 2 & 4 had several manipulations before & after creating the “orb”, including the addition of various textures and layers. Although Bill’s directions are for Photoshop, I use Photoshop Elements (v 8); it works the same. You should try out this effect. I — like so many others — found it difficult to make only one! I’d love to see your versions.
I followed on link today on Naomi Wittlen’s lovely blog, Poetic Aperture. The link referenced the source of the texture used in a photograph she posted. That link lead me to Kim Klassen’s Cafe, where I spent far more time than I had to spend today. Kim creates lovely textures for use in Photoshop. She also sponsors a “Texture Tuesday” blog party. Before I knew it, I had forgotten about my to-do list (which must be done tonight) and had downloaded some of Kim’s free textures and was experimenting with them. I’m wondering if Santa would consider it too late to add something to my wishlist?
This seems a nice, bright image for a dreary, rainy day.
Stop. Sit. Watch. Wonder.
I changed the perspective a little bit on the original image. Then, I applied Kim’s texture Wonderful Magic. In the Layers palette, I set the mode to Screen and the opacity to 60%. Then I added another of Kim’s textures, Providence, in another layer, with the mode set to Multiple. I moved the opacity slider way down. I added the text — one of my favorite quotes from Henry David Thoreau. I copied the background, with mode set to Multiply to darken the image. I then used the Rectangular Marquee tool on the top layer (the one with all the textures applied) to select a major portion of the image and hit the delete key, punching out a great big hole in the layers, revealing the darker image of the park bench. Lastly, I applied Providence one more time, with a very low opacity. I should have kept note of what percentage I used, but I did not. For the last steps, I used my signature brush to apply my name and oakleaf/acorn logo and flattened the image. Voila!
There you go: my first (successful) use of a texture in Photoshop Elements.
I’ve posted this image, shot last June at Aullwood Audubon Center near Dayton Ohio. You can see the version I posted originally here.
It is too late to join Kim Klassen’s Texture Tuesday blog party for the last Texture Tuesday of the year. I would have joined the blog party if I had found this last week! Although there is a brief break through the end of the year, Texture Tuesday will be back regularly on — you guessed it! — Tuesdays in 2013. I suspect I’ll have one or two things to submit by the time it returns!