This is a new installment in our iPhoto Tips series for beginners and intermediate photography apps users. The aim is to help iPhone shooters to enhance mobile pictures and create original artwork with them. The techniques shown are very easy to reproduce and can be adapted to a variety of styles with just a little creativity.
In this tutorial we’ll be using multiple layers’ blending to create a new image from a simple — and boring! — iPhone shot.
I am starting with this rose picture, taken with the iPhone 4s default Camera app:
As you can see, this is an almost acceptable rose snapshot, perhaps a little flashy; to be honest, as it is the photo is not particularly exciting. The idea is to turn it into something more “personal” and evocative.
- First of all, I opened the photo in Vintage Scene. I applied the Vintage 07 preset, with just a few minor tweaks to Fade Out and Image Age settings.
- I got a couple of textures from the great free texture repository Lost and Taken (no.1 and no.2). I then opened the edited rose image in Laminar (formerly known as Iris Photo Suite).
- In Laminar, I opened texture no.1 as a new layer and in the Layers panel I adjusted its size and placement with the Transform tool to cover the base rose image adequately. I set its blend mode to Soft Light and lowered the opacity a little. After that, I went to the app’s Edit panel and used the Lighting Engine tool, moving the control points to bring out some of the texture’s fine details.
- I opened texture no.2 as another new layer and used Transform again to enlarge it slightly to cover the two layers underneath. I changed this layer’s blend mode to Soft Light as well and once again lowered a bit the opacity.
- What I got at this point could have sufficed, but I wanted some more pizzazz. I opened a shot of a rainy window I took some time ago as a new layer to top the other ones. I used Transform in the Layers panel and enlarged the rain shot to fit my document, then I changed its blend mode to Overlay. In the Filters panel I selected the Vintage menu and picked the Reminiscence effect. I lowered the effect’s strength to 60%.
- Finally, I flattened the layers and slightly adjusted saturation and contrast via the Luminance tool in the Adjust panel. I then cropped the image to get rid of Vintage Scene’s original black corners and saved.
This is the result.
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