Project Alicia : Before and After: Textures and Overlays

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Before and After: Textures and Overlays

Today I am participating in Pixel Perfect's Before and After bloghop. Monica is an amazing photographer who shares free tutorials and tips with all of the wannabes, such as myself. She truly has a gift and is uber-inspirational. If nothing else, just check out some of her work.

When I first got my 50mm lens back in February I immediately started snapping. Anything and everything I could get my hands on. Somehow this pear became lost and long forgotten in the masses of photos, so I thought I'd give it a proper debut today. It is a gem.

This shot is SOOC (straight out of camera).
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This photo is after it was tweaked.
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Isn't it amazing how a few tweaks can totally transform an image?

This is the process I used to achieve the after image:
1. Cropped photo.
2. Added a kim klassen texture called love and used soft light blend mode of 89%.
3. Desaturated the image to soften.
4. Added a second texture by paint the moon called plastered and used overlay mode of 75%.
5. Added a layer mask to remove some of the texture from the pear.
6. Copied the texture and used multiply mode of 15% to add depth.
7. Added a jessica sprague border overlay.
8. Added k pertiet text.
9. Saved image in pdd and jpg formats.
10. Flattened and added watermark.

Canon EOS 50D, Canon 50mm f/1.8, and Photoshop Elements 7 were used for this photo.

19 comments:

  1. hello, my friend....
    it's been forever since i popped by.... so sorry....
    'sigh'...

    wonderful before and after.... hoping your day is full of happy!!

    xxo

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  2. Fantastic, Alicia! I love it!

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  3. This is really beautiful and creative!

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  4. Wow this is awesome! You are very talented!

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  5. I love it. Wonderful job. It looks awesome Alicia!

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  6. I love it!!! Beautiful texture!! Very frame worthy. :)

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  7. What a difference the photoshop editing did!! Love this!!

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  8. Wow. That's gorgeous! I really love this idea. You really did a wonderful job with your edit and transformed you pear capture. Great work.

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  9. Simply delicious! Love everything you do!

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  10. Oh I love, love, love this!! What a unique twist and a fantastic edit!

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  11. I just think it's cool - I'd never even think to take a picture of a pear and do this to it!

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  12. Love your edit! Great job!

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  13. I really wish I had more time to study and practice all of your informative tutorials. You're a great teacher!

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  14. So pretty, love both the SOOC and the edit! Thanks for the visit.

    Tiffany

    PS: We are a "Hawkeye" family too!

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  15. How did you find the time to figure out photoshop? Did you take Kims classes? I need to figure it out. This turned out wonderfully.
    Dana

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  16. Wonderful tutorial. Very easy to follow. Can't wait to have a go. Your before pic was even stunning to start with...that pear looks way too perfect to ever eat!

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  17. Cool edit! Thanks for sharing how you did it.

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  18. Love the photo, Lish! Love the header and the fact that we both have the same Kim Klassen texture and Jessica Sprague Echoes of Asia frame. Great minds think alike. lol :)

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