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Kim's challenge in Beyond Layers today is to use her sample photo of tulips on a black background and process it any way we want. We'll then link up and compare what we've all done.
Kim's original image
I did some cropping to bring the tulips closer, did a minor levels adjustment and added a very subtle texture (Kim's 1301) with a soft light blend mode at 30% opacity. I positioned the text (the quote is my own) to follow the shape created by the flowers by putting each line of text on it's own layer and then used a soft green from the leaves as the text colour. By giving the text a bevel, it lets the 'light' shine on the text to echo the light hitting the flowers. Finally, I added a gaussian blur to the image, and used a layer mask to remove the blur from the single tulip to keep it in sharp focus while having the 'family and friends' blurred in the background.
Update (30 minutes later)... I've just played with the image a little more, added another layer of of the 1301 texture, this time at a normal blend mode, 100% opacity, and then using a soft round brush on the layer mask, I removed most of the texture to just leave a soft frame around the image. I think I like this one better than the first.