Whenever I go out for a photography outing, besides photographing beautiful landscapes, seascapes, plants, flowers…, I also take picture of brick walls, stonewalls, closeup of stone patterns, tree barks or intentionally blurry images to be used later as texture or color background for other images.
The image above was created with a photo of thistles and a photo of a blurry backlit wooded area.
I’ve edited my images in Photoshop CS5. I first opened the thistles image, used marque tool to copy the big thistle onto a separate layer, used layer effects – Bevel and Emboss – on this layer to make a frame, then lower the opacity of the layer down to around 50% and changed layer mode to “screen”. So far, this is my result.
I sat there and stared at this for a while to see what else I would like to do. I then decided to use a different effect on the thistle. On the big thistle layer, I used Filters->Sketch->Bas relief. I also like to make the background with less color. I did this step by creating a Black and White adjustment layer above the main background layer, then decreased layer opacity down to around 50%. I also cut off the rest of image and left with the following image.
Now what, I was still not really happy with this image. I went back to my stash of photographs and pull out a blurry photograph which was shown at the beginning. I copied this blurry photo onto a new layer on top of the thistle, changed layer mode to “overlay”. I then used layer effect->pattern overlay on this blurry image. I finally liked the result. I flattened the file, used Filters->Textures->Texturizer->Canvas to give the whole image a little of canvas texture. And that was the result you saw at the beginning of this blog and this image will be added to my collection of greeting cards.