This little leaf cluster caught my eye amongst all of the dried tree branches against the lovely snow and mud background. They just looked so vibrant and alive. And as soon as I saw the photo on the LCD I knew I wanted to do a texture treatment with it. Like always, I just wasn’t sure which way I was going to go.
I usually start out with a texture that I think would work best for the scene and play with the layer styles and opacities. That process usually dictates how I’ll go from there. If the original texture just doesn’t work, I’ll try another and start all over. Or I may add other textures but change the dominant one. Then I’ll add other textures to enhance the color or to make the image lighter or darker. Again, all the while experimenting with styles and opacities and using layer masks at times to remove portions of some textures on detail areas.
Finally when I think I am done, I’ll merge the layers and finish off with some minor contrast and brightness tweaks for the final image. I’ll save a large jpg image but I don’t save the Photoshop file where I can change it later. Once it’s done it’s done. If I decide to try it again I just start from scratch.
Scratch, as in thorns.