Making of Hawthorne Berries and use of "NORMAL blend mode

Hello,

today I want to get back to some simple texturizing tip. The use of the "Normal" blend mode. This is often much better than any other blending mode when it comes to bring out the fine fabric of a texture.

I often use this when I take a rather soft grunge texture such as the ones in the Frames-and-Edges-Two - Pack in my Creative Market shop.


Hawthorne Berries before and after
   
I only used two textures in this image one was Dirt Frame and the other Mont Blanc .

The Normal mode works best with soft textures, that are not too dark, meaning I' d rather use lighter textures because of the later adjustments and of course they don't tend to overpower the original picture.

Take a look at the layers:




To keep the details of the frost on the berries I used a layers mask and erased parts of the texture with a soft brush at a very low Flow setting of about 3-5% and an Opacity of 100%.

The Mont Blanc layer added a bit more of frame and smoothness.

Using the Normal blend mode reduces the contrast drastically, but that can be remedied by adjusting it with the help of the Curves tool.


You can get both textures or similar ones here:

Frames-and-Edges-Two

or as part of a texture pack that you can create yourself here:

Build-your-own-texture-pack


Thanks very much!

Have a nice day,
Dirk

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