recipe for a vintage tree

...for the inquiring minds that want to know {eh-hem, meri}

the way i created the below image was this:

i took a plain old photo {not a very good original shot
as far as lighting and exposure and aperture and focus
and all that other technical stuff goes} and i opened it in photoshop.
then i added a levels layer and played with it a bit to get a better contrast.
{in my sooc shot, the sky was a pretty dark grey
so it did not make the tree stand out}.
with levels, i lightened the sky a bit and darkened the tree.

next, i added copied a florabella texutre of this vintage photo paper.
{you can get all ALL KINDS of free textures like this on flickr and elsewhere.}
i left that layer on "normal".
then above that, i duped the base layer {original photo}
and set it to "overlay" leaving the opacity at 100%.

above that layer, i added a gradient map layer {black and white},
a brightness/contrast layer, and a photo filter layer {sepia}...
all of which i left on "normal" at 100% opacity.
i fiddled with the brightness contrast layer until i got what i wanted,
and i set the sepia filter layer to 25% density.

there you have it!


Jennifer Webster said...

ok, I'm going to have to write all this down and try it. I just got photoshop and my husband tells me I don't have to learn it all in a day, yes I have no patience.
Thanks for the texture tips. Beautiful picture

Mae said...

so i'm new to the texture thing. when you have as complex a recipe as this, do you just play and play until it comes out "right" or do you know just what you need to do to get what you want? it's such fun. i just wish i had more time to play with them! lovely photo!

georgia b. said...

i just play and play.
i used to take more time.
but the more i do it,
the more tricks i learn,
so now it takes less and less time
to get to something i like.
so my advice is,
play as much as you can.
before you know it,
you'll be whipping them out!