One of the things I struggled with on my recent One Four Duckling image was how every one ended up being at the dark end of the colour scheme. Not that it was a problem, I liked each and every image on its own merits but found I was struggling with it and was always ending up with a darker outcome.
Today I wanted to see what fun could be had at the brighter end of the spectrum and after a couple of experiments I made this.
Post Processing Steps:
1. Import original Alyssum macro image from archives
2. Choose a brighter white based colour image for the colour layer – this is blended with Hard Light blend mode around 75% and a mask created to brush some detail back into the central flowers, particularly the yellow stamens and anthers
3. Find a texture to suit, I particularly liked this one as it has a floral feel to it, it is a frame that is a gradient from L to R so fades out across the image so not too overwhelming.
4. Multiply Blend mode at 42% used, it gives a slightly brighter whiter finish
5. Add a Brightness and Contrast adjustument layer, bringing up the brightness a fair bit and adding just a touch of contrast.
Its a bit slap dash for a late night blog post, the blue in the colour layer might be a bit strong in the corners, but as a concept of a lighter grunge image I see it has possibilities.
Do you like it? Hate it? Know a way I could make it better?
All comments, tips, tricks and feedback welcome !