For years, I have mixed various textures with photos using layer blending modes. I recently discovered the French Kiss Collections website, which inspired me to create this composition.
Most of the source materials of the lesson were also purchased on this resource. The lesson will use images: a tulip (with a white background), a picturesque and vintage texture, text from an old French postcard, as well as various Layer Layer Modes (Bold mode).
The goal of the lesson will be to create a single harmonious picture of the various elements.
This lesson was written using Photoshop CS6, but you can easily execute it in earlier versions.
Translator’s Note: You can use the source materials I found:
Step 1. Choose a photo
To perform this lesson well suited photographs depicting still lifes. Open the photo you will work with. It is desirable that the main object be on a white or light uniform background.
Step 2. Adding color texture
I use the texture from the French Kiss Collections collection. Of course, you can use any other. Well-suited picturesque texture with colorful strokes.
Place the texture over the image of the tulip.
Now you need to scale the texture. In my case, the texture image is larger than the main photo with a tulip. First of all, I activate the tool Move (Move tool) and arrange the texture on the canvas, choosing the area I like the most.
To scale and rotate the texture, use the key combination Ctrl + T. Hold down while scaling Shift (to keep the proportions). Drag one of the corner textures inward (to zoom out).
Translator’s Note: if your image is larger than the texture, then you need to pull the corner of the texture towards the corner of the photo with the object.
To rotate the image with the texture, move the cursor to the corner of the picture. When the cursor takes the form of an arc with arrows at the ends, you can rotate the image.
If you completed the conversion and want to apply the changes, press Enter.
Install blending mode (blend mode) for a layer with a beautiful texture on Multiplication (Multiply) either Linear dimmer (Linear Burn). Try both modes to determine which one you like best.
In this example, I selected the blending mode. Linear dimmer (Linear Burn). Notice how interestingly the colored texture now works with the white background, also interacting with the subject.
If it seems to you that the image is very dark or the texture overlaps the main subject of the background, do not worry, we will correct it in the following steps.
Now I will show you how to remove some sections of the texture from the vase and flower.
To do this, click on the “Add vector mask” (Add layer mask) (at the bottom of the layers panel). Activate the tool Brush (Brush tool). Then, press “D“, and after the”X“(this allows you to quickly set the foreground color to black). If you press a number on the keyboard”3“- this allows you to quickly lower the opacity of the brush to 30%. Using a soft round brush, paint over the areas of the vase and flower, while on the layer mask.
In order to make the image brighter, use the adjustment layer. Curves (Curves). Use the settings as shown in the figure below, or experiment with your own values. If sharp bright areas or highlights appear on the image – do not worry, then I will show you how to correct this.
Click the hand icon to activate image controls. Hover over the dark part of the texture and drag down to enhance the contrast.
If you want to remove excessive brightness in some areas, activate the tool Brush (Brush tool). In the settings, choose a soft, round black brush with an opacity of 30%. Standing on a layer layer mask Curves (Curves), treat areas with bright highlights (if necessary).
Step 3. Adding a vintage texture
Vintage texture will help us add cracks to the canvas, as well as create a vignette effect. Open any texture that contains expressive cracks and darkening along the edge.
Use the technique from step # 2 to scale and rotate the texture so that it fits into the overall size of the work.
Now we will again turn to blend mode (blend mode) to create the most interesting combination.
Activate tool to quickly switch to blending modes. Move (Move tool), hold down the key Shift and, standing on a layer with a vintage texture, click on the keyboard icon “+This will allow you to switch to different layer modes.
In this example, the mode works well. Multiplication (Multiply). It allows you to mix the new texture with the previous ones, but at the same time an undesirable color tone appeared.
To eliminate this drawback, you can use the adjustment layer (“adjustment layer)”Black and white“(Black White). This correction should be applied only to the vintage texture, so use “Black and white“(Black White), as a clipping mask to the underlying layer. (Layer> Create Clipping Mask \ Layer> Create Clipping Mask).
After applying the correction, the overall image became darker. Go to the layer properties panel. “Black and white” (Black White) and edit the brightness by moving the color sliders. In my case, I changed the position of the slider for the green color, which makes it possible to lighten the vase and the tulip.
Let’s do the same, the whole image is lighter. Add an adjustment layer on top of other layers. Levels (Levels) and drag the “Highlights” slider inwards.
We focus on the tulip. To do this, stand on the layer mask Levels (Levels) and invert it (Ctrl + I). Activate the tool Brush (Brush tool). Set a soft round white brush (opacity about 50%) and process the vase and the tulip, including the small area around them.
Step 4. Adding labels
To complete the collage, add a few random labels.
I use the text of an old French postcard, the labels of which are already separated from the background. Open the caption file and place it in your working document. Use the technique from the previous steps and scale the text image.
Translator’s Note: instead of a text image, you can create a new layer, on top of the previous ones, and write your own text on it using the Horizontal Type Tool. Or on a new layer use one of the proposed brushes.
Gray font does not look very harmonious with the overall look.
Activate the tool Move (Move tool), hold down the key Shift and, standing on the layer with the text, click on the keyboard icon “+“to switch between modes. Linear dimmer (Linear Burn), in my opinion, creates a good combination.
Duplicate the layer labeled (Ctrl + J). Turn off copy visibility and go back to the original layer.
Choose a tool Lasso (Lasso tool) and draw a selection around the text in the upper right corner.
Click on the icon “Add vector mask“(Add layer mask) at the bottom of the layers panel. The mask will hide the entire image, except for the selected area.
Turn on the visibility of the copy layer with text. Expand it horizontally (Ctrl + T). Activate the tool again Lasso (Lasso tool) and create a selection around the main text. Click on the “Add vector mask“(Add layer mask).
The resulting text overlaps part of the vase and looks a bit intrusive. Reduce value opacity (opacity) for the layer with the title block. Use the tool Brush (Brush tool) and standing on the layer mask of the upper text layer, draw the area on the vase. A brush will choose a round black soft with an opacity of about 75%. The text on the vase should be barely visible.
Now our composition is completely ready! I hope you did not get bored doing my lesson!