Along the lines of my last post I decided to try using textures on a simple flower photograph to further my photoshop skills. This has become possible now that I can select a part of the image with much greater accuracy. Previous attempts have always left me with an image that looks like I cut out the selection with a pair of pinking sheers, not nice.
Having had a photograph of aJapanese Anemone, at least that what I think it is, and if you do know then let me know because my botanical knowledge is what one would call challenged. I then selected the background and used a layer mask to hide it leaving only the flower. Then added in a blank layer which is visible in the masked areas. Into the blank layer I added a photograph of some rock and gaussian blurred that so it became more of a background instead of an in focus foreground appearance.
Finally I added another layer over the first few and then added the rock layer again, made it an overlay layer and reduced the opacity till I had something that I liked. That finished all of the layering to get an image that seemed to work. Finally added in a black and white layer, tweaked that to pop the pinks and yellows and added a couple of gradient maps, black and white to boost the contrast.
This is the result.
Hope you like it.