Before and after processing with texture overlays …
Morning Glory is considered a weed but I think its delicate tendrils, leaves, and flowers are really pretty
(which is lucky, because it’s taking over our garden).
The colours in the original image were a bit dull. To add a bit of zing, in Lightroom I used several presets (i.e., processing formulas I’ve developed to create a particular effect and then saved so processing can be applied quickly to any image). Presets for Lightroom: HMB!, which brings out the blue hues in a RAW image. As Intended, which brightens and pumps the saturation in a jpeg image. Dandelion, which brightens while retaining more natural colours in a RAW image.
Left to Right: Original image, and then the effects of processing with presets: (1) HMB!, (2) HMB! & As Intended, & (3) Dandelion.
Photoshop Texture Recipe
In Photoshop, I layered the processed versions of the image to combine & modify the effects of the presets, & then added layers of textures. This recipe assumes a level of familiarity with applying and selectively removing textures in Photoshop. If you’re not familiar with the processes involved, please check out my tutorials.
I used three of my textures: Left to Right: Blue Ripples, Gentle Ripples, New Sheet (to view them at a larger size, click on the thumbnails below)
- To create the before image (shown at top), I used the original image processed with the presets HMB! and As Intended : Normal 100%
- Then to strengthen the blue tones, I added a layer with the original image processed with the preset HMB! : Normal 20%
- To brighten the image, I added a layer with the original image processed with the preset Dandelion: Normal 20%
- Then I applied layers of texture. Gentle Ripples: Soft Light 50%. The horizontal lines in the texture overpowered the subject
- So I duplicated the layer & rotated it 90 degrees. Gentle Ripples: edit transform rotate: 90 degrees counterclockwise: Soft Light 50%
- Blue Ripples: Soft Light 50%
- New Sheet: Overlay 70%
CarolinaJane, I’m absolutely loving your website/blog, it’s really gorgeous and definitely suits your photography. This photograph is gorgeous, how did you get such beautiful pastel colors? Love the added texture as well.
JaneThank you Carolina. I think the low-contrast early morning light was a factor, but it was the combination of the presets & textures that softened & lightened the colours.