Amy, here you go:
The original images that you saw on facebook:
When I was doing this process on the above images, I don't either one took more than 5 minutes. The second probably three. The first few steps are standard PP for me and I knew exactly which texture I wanted to use. I just experimented with the blending modes and strengths a bit until I liked what I saw.
cropped and defogged:
enhanced eyes, softened skin:
overlay blending mode at 68%
For the two different images, this is where the differences happened.
masked out the girl
did my standard warm b&w action and then backed off about 20%
the other picture - didn't mask - just lassoed the girl, feathered the selection and did a gaussian blur at 12 px.
That texture image is gorgeous, I love it. Where did you find it? Thank you for posting this. Couple questions:
Does the warm b&w action get applied to the texture layer while it's still separate, or did you merge the texture & photo first?
When you did the gaussian blur was it on the background (inverted from the lassoed girl selection)?
These are gorgeous.
my b&w action creates new layers completely, so it was right on top of the other two layers.
As for the blur - I lassoed on the texture layer, feathered and blurred it. So I was actually blurring the texture which is over the girl. Like that you keep the color tone of the layer but not the distracting texture.
Ah, I see about the blur, thanks!!! So when your b&w action creates a new layer, does it duplicate the top layer and convert it, you mean?
It puts a gradiant map layer right over the other layers and then a curves layer on top of that.
Very nice Esti!! Love the first one especially! I need to learn how to do that!
I used to make a lot of siggy graphics for people by request at other forums, and I always loved adding textures to photos. But I would love to see a tutorial on masking out the person from the texture.
This is a great one from Red Leaf http://www.redleafboutique.com/tutorials/
There is also one on youtube I will see if I can find it, all my bookmarks were lost when my computer crashed.
Red Leaf is exactly what I do though personally and they explain better than I could! HTH
Mom to Gabe 1.01
Very cool Esti! Thanks for sharing your step by step pp. I had never thought of doing a blur over the subject with a texture! Sounds like it would work out great.