San Juan Capistrano, CA – Mission San Juan Capistrano (Infrared)

Here is my first textured Infrared shot.  This is from Mission San Juan Capistrano a few weeks ago.  A wonderful location in the OC (Orange County), CA.  I have had quite a few people ask me how to produce textured shots.  It is quite easy!  I will try to work on a video tutorial one day soon!   Quickly this is all I do…(I know its tough reading it…I learned via video…made it very easy)

1) Adobe Bridge – in bridge I have all my textures in a folder.  I add a copy of my photo to be textured into this folder.  Click and select  the photo and as many textures as you would like to try.  I usually add about 10.

2) Tools – from the tools drop down menu (as all the desired textures and photo are selected) click “Photoshop” then click “Load Files into Photoshop Layers”

3) Use Free transform to resize any photo/texture

4) Under the Layers Box (on lower right) you will see a drop down box…it will have “Normal” on it.  Highlight your texture and set the drop down to “Overlay”…here you can play with oppacity to your liking.

5) as long as your desired photo and texture are selected…you will see how they look combined on screen

6) Mask if needed to clean up any areas you want texture free or keep as is…or add another texture…se what ya get!

7) You can add as many layers as you want!  Trial and Error is the key!

This shot was compiled from 2 textures.  As masking was not giving me the desired look I wanted….I used the new CS5 “content aware” to clean up the writing on the palm trees.    That new action in CS5 rocks!!  Even in the top right hand corner I had a palm tree base in the photo…took it out in one swipe!! Nice and clean!!   Gotta love Technology!!  You can find textures all over the internet…Flickr has some great spots to get some for free!  Or you can go in your yard and make some yourself!!  Just be careful…you can easily go texture crazy.  They do look cool if done well…so pace your self!!!  have fun!

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