I'm back with another recipe to share.
Check out the transformation on this image. Simply mouse over to see the before. Pretty cool, don't you think?
There's something so beautiful about 2 people holding hands!
Let's get started with our.....
Day 3 Recipe - Black & white Done Right
So for this image I duplicated the background layer. Did you know you can type control j to duplicate a layer?
Then I applied a gaussian blur filter to the duplicate layer at about 45 pixels. You may have noticed I use the blur filter a lot!!
I removed the blur from their hands and arms and lowered the opacity of the layer to 84%.
Layer 2, 3 & 4
Then to convert this image to a fabulous black and white I added 3 black to white gradient map adjustment layers. I set the first layer at normal blending mode 100%, the second layer at soft light 100% and the third layer at screen 65%.
Layer 5 & 6
Create a new layer: Then select a soft round brush and a light grey shade and painted over Alannah's shorts to soften the color. I set the blending mode to soft light. That wasn't quite soft enough so I duplicated the layer.
Next I added a solid color adjustment layer in white, set to soft light at 100%.
Time for our texture: I used the texture 'frosted' for this image. It's part of the baker's dozen collection, which you can find here. There's something about it that seems to work magic for me. I set the blending mode to multiply and lowered the opacity to 51%. I added a layer mask and removed the texture from the hands and arms.
Duplicated Layer 8 and change the blending mode to soft light and the opacity to 75%.
Layer 10 & 11
I added the text 'all because two people fell in love" using the font vt portable remington which i downloaded from dafont.com and set the blending mode to soft light. I wanted it to be a little darker so I duplicated the layer.
That's that my friends. It's all in the layers! :)
I hope you have a fantastic Wednesday. See you back here tomorrow for the day 4 recipe.