Monday, February 28, 2011

Textures Combining Images

Last month one of my hard drives crashed and I lost 750 GB of Photoshop files from the last 2 years.  Of course you are all saying- why didn't you back that up?  Probably because I kept saying, I have to back this up and in all these years I never had a problem, I'll get to it. The drive in question was randomly disconnecting itself and that should have been my first clue, but hey I'm invincible aren't I?   That would never happen to me.  This was an exterior drive I traveled with and got into the horrible habit of working on that hard drive anywhere I went since then it was easy to have tons of images ready on my laptop or my desk top. I am trying to be better at backing up my images, but find myself in the process now of rebuilding a library.  That brings me to the textural post for today.

This black and white is a scan of a photograph I developed the old fashion way- in a dark room.  The original image is on watercolor paper an emulsion I brushed on to be able to develop the photograph.  Here is the layering done in Photoshop to give me the final image with textures.  The textures come from the patterns and textures I create and emboss on the layer selections.

A photograph of the Merced River from Yosemite National Park was layered in with the black and white.
Selections from Merced River Photograph with textures embossed.
Final Image
Actually in some ways it has been a good thing to have to get more creative because there is only what is in front of me with images, not what was behind:)