Back in 2013 using Lightroom I processed this photo of a Dahlia in a post called Magenta Magic and I have reworked this once before by converting it to black and white, which can be viewed in a post called Lighroom Radial Filter.
Tonight I wanted to rework this photo again, this time using a texture…
(Just one quick tip: As you can see the above texture has two fine lines running through the top… when in Photoshop Click Control + T to transform and increase the size of the texture layer until those feint lines disappear from your image).
I liked the texture but when it appeared against the vibrancy of the flower it rather faded and looked rather washed out… I could have remedied this in Lightroom by adding a graduated filter but that would have also darkened the flower which is what I didn’t want.
So I looked at the blending options in Photoshop… so I opted for a gradient overlay of black to transparent and used the overlay so that it darkened only the lower half of the picture. I then added another blending option of Satin…
Once I was happy with what I was trying to achieve in Photoshop I saved the photo, and because I used the Edit in Photoshop Option in Lightroom, my saved results were automatically imported back into Lightroom.
This is the picture straight from Photoshop
Once I was back to Lightroom I decided to lower the exposure of the centre of the flower by using the radial filter and inverting the mask. Finally I added another radial filter this time lowering the clarity and sharpness so it look like the edges of the flower and texture was blurred.
And here is the final photography…
Hope you like it… mind you I like the original from Photoshop as well… isn’t it tough when you like both images and can’t make your mind up?