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Sunflowers: a tutorial

August 13, 2017


A few weeks ago my daughter gave me an exquisite bouquet of sunflowers that she had grown in her garden.  Every time I walked by them they filled me with such a tickle of happiness, a feeling that I wanted to keep even after the flowers were gone.  I arranged them in a pattern that I liked and shot the photo with my iPad.  


I had recently downloaded the photo effects app Tangled FX by Orange Qube on my iPad, and I thought the app might work well with the flower photo.  Tangled FX transforms a photo into a series of strokes and swirls that looks like a painting with fractal-like qualities.  Its adaptions can be subtle or fully blown out.  Here I used a subtle approach.


Transferring the photo to my PC I first masked out the background around the flowers and then added three texture backgrounds from my favorite texture designer, Jai Johnson, below the flower photo and set the blend mode of the flowers to Multiply.  The yellow background was set to Overlay, the pink and orange to Soft Light, and the multi-colored was left at Normal.  As a final touch I added specks of 'pollen' from a speck background that I placed on top and set to Lighten in order to take the black out. The flowers are still 'living,' have become quite popular (little did I know!), and they are still putting a smile on my face. 



 Here is my working Photoshop panel.


Thanks so much to Dorothy from my Awake group for requesting this tutorial.  Have a wonderful week!




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