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Ancient Tree

A few posts back I wrote about an image I had constructed and even made an instructional video showing how it was done. I have now completed a second piece using these techniques. As you can see, I am a fan of trees, birds, and mysterious text!

 

Ancient Tree    © Howard Grill

 

But what you might not have guessed is that there are actually two 'base images'.

First, the obvious one:

 

The obvious base image of a tree      © Howard Grill

 

But the second one might not be quite as obvious:

 

The not so obvious base image of a flower      © Howard Grill

 

The 'base images' are clearly of differing shapes and so the flower image had to be transformed to fit over the image of the tree. Here is the flower pulled onto the tree image:

 
Flower pulled onto tree

Flower pulled onto tree

 

And then transformed (CTL-T on Windows) to cover the entire tree:

 

Flower transformed to fit over image of tree      © Howard Grill

 

And now with the blend mode changed to soft light:

 

Both images blended using the soft light blend mode      © Howard GRill

 

While the blend doesn't change the tree image to a very large degree, it does add some interesting shadows in the field and lower parts of the distant trees while generally brightening up and adding contrast to the image and making it easier to combine with the darker textures. The following textures were also combined with the image:

 

© Paree Erica

 
 
© Fly Edges

© Fly Edges

 
 

© 2 l'il owls

 

And, if anyone is interested, here is the Photoshop layer stack.

Hope you enjoyed seeing how the image was construcyted!