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Photoshop: Backgrounds and Textures

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Overview

Learn how to transform relatively straightforward photographs into distinctive visual art, using Photoshop backgrounds and textures.

Turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. Learn how to transform relatively straightforward photographs into distinctive visual art, using Photoshop backgrounds and textures. In this course, photographer and digital darkroom expert Harold Davis walks through the technical specifics of adding backgrounds and textures to your Photoshop compositions, and provides the inspiration and resources you need to get fantastic results. Learn how to provide context and "frames" with backgrounds, and use textures as nondestructive overlays to enhance the look and feel of your images. Harold shows how to use scans and photos of found objects as the basis for custom textures, and even license textures from commercial libraries. Plus, discover a post-production workflow for the iPhone that maximizes your flexibility, mobility, and creativity, and explore four iOS apps that Harold recommends for iPhone photography.

Syllabus

Introduction
  • Extending the power of photographic imagery
  • Backgrounds and textures for your use
1. Working with Backgrounds
  • Different background ideas
  • Blending modes for high-key images
  • Masking an image
  • Photoshop selections and backgrounds
2. Where Do Backgrounds Come From?
  • Commercial sources of backgrounds
  • Creating your own backgrounds
3. Working with Textures
  • Textures are overlays
  • Textures and blending modes
  • Poetic, romantic, and dreamy effects
  • Textures for floral imagery
  • Using textures for people photography
  • It was a dark and stormy landscape
4. Licensing and Making Textures
  • Commercial texture libraries
  • Photographing your own textures
  • Texture plugin from Topaz Labs
5. Textures on the iPhone
  • Post-production workflow on the iPhone
  • Mextures app and textures
  • Distressed FX for layers and blending
  • The full-featured Snapseed app
  • Image Blender app for compositing
Conclusion
  • Next steps

Taught by

Harold Davis

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