Showing posts from October, 2011

Adding mood & fog with textures

today a short post on how I sometimes enhance and intensify an already misty scenery and how I added/ enhanced the picture's atmosphere.
Using textures is again a very simple way to achieve this.

Here's the final result:

And this is the picture I started with:

I used two textures from my latest pack. One is a mixture of a cloudy sky and a wall, the other one has a green wood structure:

And here's how I used them in Photoshop:

Though the graphic suggests something different, I first added the cloud layer and was immediately satisfied with the result, because the fog became much more intense.
I wanted the whole picture to be a bit more spooky, so I decided to add a green texture. I also wanted to lessen the contrast between the green grass and the soft foggy part of the image.
The first green texture layer added structure to the picture, but did not so much with regards to the fog's colour, which appeared to be still very white. So I copied the layer and turned…

Selective Focus & Creating a Vintage Look with Textures


Today I'd like to show you one way to process a vintage look by using textures. Furthermore I want to explain to you how I created an artificial selective focus by using a Photoshop filter.

I came across a photo I took back in summer of a field of barley. I chose a low angle, because I wanted the feeling of being in the field.

Creating a vintage look isn't hard to do. Three of my recently created textures work quite well for this kind of image.

Creating a selective focus

I wanted a stronger focus on the track, so I decided to apply a Photoshop filter: lens blur.
I like this filter very much, because you can do amazing things with it. 

To achieve a soft blur gradient you first have to copy your background picture and hit the "Q"- key to get a layer mask. Then you have to click on the gradient tool. Make sure to select the "reflected gradient" type. If you draw a short line from left to right on the copied layer, you get a vertical red area (a "m…

The making of a texture & how I used it

Its autumn and I must admid I love the moods that light, fog and nature create in that season. I wanted to make a post about the creation of a texture and yesterday I found myself in a situation where I ended up altering a texture for a shot I took on a foggy morning last November.

It is a photo of an meanwhile dead hawthorne tree full of red berries.  Of course, the original file wasn't that colourful and I wanted to give a real warm autumn feel to it. So I made my first corrections in Lightroom enhancing the red of the berries and using the colouring tool to give it a yellow tint:

I also felt that the foggy parts on the pic's left side lacked interest, so I searched my archives for a suitable texture but couldn't find one that I was completely satisfied with.

I chose a texture I started to make some time ago and made some adjustments & alterations to get the one I finally used. I originally started with the folllowing picture:

Of course, I wanted the texture to be …