I wanted to show yow how I changed a rather normal photo of a river scene with some fog into a pictureque & painterly work using textures.
Let me start with a before/ after view:
please move mouse over the picture!
As you can see I have achieved a very painting like look reminding one of dutch or french landscape painters of the 18th and 19th century.
While I was working on this picture it became evident, that I had to control or manipulate the light in this picture. I felt this image offered quite some possibilities to do this, because of the large area of diffuse fog glow in the sky.
I used 5 different textures and they would have made it impossible to achieve this look, if I hadn't erased them in part with the help of layer masks in Photoshop.
Use of layer masks and textures
Please have a look at the processing with and without the layermasks, if you move yor mouse over the image you can see the result with layermasks.
Please take a look at the layers
Use and effects of textures:
Deep Sea Currents: added alight blue hue and some subtle brush strokes in the darker areas. I erased most of it in the lighter foggy parts
Foggy Sea - I chose this, because it has a great canvas texture and a metallic glow
Sky Drama - I loved the orange/red tint it added to the greenish mid tones
Rome - wanted to add some clouds & a warmer tone to the sky - erased some of the dark cloud parts in the bright areas of the image
Coffee Clouds - Insentified the yellow tones in the brighter areas
Curves - I always play around with the final light and contrast which let to some
Selective Color adjstments - this is something that varies to personal tastes and is not always necessary.
I took these textures from the following two texture collection, that you can find here:
30 Fineart Textures "Spring Promise" and 25 Colorful Textures "Spring Release"
Thanks for reading & have a nice weekend!