This Friday’s photoart project is themed ‘the beauty of aging’1 and coupled with it, the pixel-dusted Bonnie gave away her textured background, styled ‘Ancient Treasure’.
Since I do not have the versatile Photoshop I was not sure if and how I could use the background but some investigation of the Smart Photo Editor (SPE) facilities revealed the solution:-
- open an image to work with
- use composite tool & import 2nd image as overlay
- adjust the size, opacity and blend mode
- optional masking of specific areas
- [also an option for a 3rd image as underlay]
This theme fits perfectly with my own mini series of ‘best before’ in which I celebrate the faded, ‘past their best’, subjects all around us. Flowers naturally feature but this ageing hydrangea floret was a good subject to work with here- a close-up with enough negative space for the overlaid texture to develop.
Nevertheless it involved a few processes (and much experimenting) to reach completion. I used the background twice – in stage 2 the ‘add’ blend mode lightened the image, whilst stage 4 ‘hard light’ revealed more of the texture.
Finished off with a hybrid poem-cum-haiku (?poku) stanza..and linked to Photo Art Friday
Postscript: This is the French-styled macrophyllia hydrangea ‘Mariesii Perfecta’ which is a youthful, amaranth pink in my London acidic soil but as they fade, the florets turn face down, displaying their age in alba tones.
1. You say ‘aging’ and we ancient Brits say ‘ageing’ 😉