Delicate Petals

Before and after processing with texture overlays …

This edit adds layers of subtle texture to the softly coloured background of blurred petals, while brightening the image.

When I received a bunch of pretty ranunculi flowers from a work colleague, I rushed them home to photograph them & then process the images. Lately, I’ve been playing with textures quite a lot. It seems I cannot leave a photo alone!

Photoshop Texture Recipe

The original image was processed in Lightroom to change the petal colours from a vibrant deep red to a subdued orangey-red. Then, in Photoshop, I overlaid the image with textures to brighten & soften the image further. Each texture layer was duplicated several times & different layer blend modes were applied to change the effects of the texture on the layers below. This recipe assumes a level of familiarity with applying & selectively removing textures in Photoshop. If you’re not familiar with the processes involved, please check out my tutorials. The textures used are some of my textures, available for free download on flickr.


Left to Right:
Gross Green Grunge – a green fibrous paper texture
Fuchsia Weave – a subtle woven wood grain texture in hot pink
Lolly Pink – a soft light pink texture of glass beads & bokeh
(to view the textures at a larger size, click on the thumbnails below)


  1. Gross Green Grunge: Luminosity 17%, Saturation 17%, Exclusion 20%, Soft Light 20% – on each layer, use a layer mask with a soft brush at 100% opacity to remove some of the texture from the petals of the foreground flower.
  2. Fuchsia Weave: Use a Black & White adjustment layer at 80% to desaturate the hot pink colour of the texture: Linear Light 20%, Hard Light 70%, with a layer mask to remove the texture from the foreground.
  3. Lolly Pink: Overlay 30%, Screen 30%
Background image: Soft Light 50%, Colour 50%



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