Here's the final result of my processing:
|moody morning - before -|
I wanted to use some of my new textures, but I had to take care, that they wouldn't overpower the softness of this misty scenery and the soft shapes of the trees.
I made only little changes concerning the tone of the picture. What I wanted to achieve was to make the empty bright space of the sky a little bit more interesting.
I added the birds using Photoshop's brush tool. You find free brushes all over the internet. I used brushes from Jerry Jones aka Skeletal Mess: shadowhousecreations brushes
As usual I am providing a screenshot of the layers in PS:
As you can see, I used two of my new textures:
I had to use a layer mask to erase the lower part of the texture, because it affected the tone & texture of the trees. They also became to dark for my taste.
What's important to point out is:
- you can add interest to empty spaces (skies without clouds, fog etc.) by using textures. It depends on your individual taste whether you do it subtle or go for a more grungy look.
- Be aware, that you can easily overpower a picture with a texture. I always reduce the opacity in the course of my processing work.
Thanks for reading!
Have a great weekend!