Sculpting Light & Freebie

it's been a while since I gave away a texture, but today I have a wonderful freebie that helps you add a nice vignette to your photos. I needed a texture for a close-up of a bird I shot on La Palma in March and I couldn't find one that I liked so I altered & changed an older texture.

To demonstrate what I did let me first start with a before and after of my photo:
Move the mouse over the pic to see the change!

Raven Portrait
I used two of my free textures -
First a new one, that is the main texture in my picture:
Click on the picture to download it from Picasa!!

Violet Feathers Texture
Aus Free textures
The other one is an older freebie, you'll find it here :
Click on the picture to download!

Forest Light Texture
Aus Free textures
To make it easier to follow how I processed this picture I'll post the Photoshop layers for your information:

The background was very bright, almost white, so I used the texture twice.
The multiply - layer added a subtle structure to the background. As it made my subject too dark I erased the texture on the bird using a layer mask.
The second overlay-layer made the texture more visible and crisp.
I already had a nice vignette around my bird. I wanted to have a bid more light from the left so I added the forest light texture, which accentuated the bird's head and reduced the vignette in the top left corner of the image. I didn't need the green tones, so I changed the texture to b&w using a clipping mask.

Sculpting light with textures tips

- You can influence the existing light in a picture, but you can't create plausible light sources with textures
- you can strengthen parts of a picture, e.g. you can point to the main subjet (composition)
- use layer masks to erase parts that are disturbing or soften these parts using the blur tool
- use textures that provide a frame or a vignette or have a kind of light direction (from the sides, from above)
- try to invert very dark or very bright textures to see what they do
- experiment with blending modes
- use a light texture to brighten parts of a picture that are a bit too dark (using Soft Light / Overlay blending mode)
- use darker textures, e.g. to darken the sky or any other desired area ( e.g. by using Multiply or Color Burn blending mode)

I hope I gave you some ideas what can be done with textures when it comes to the manipulation of light.

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