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The Art Of Using Textures In Your Photography

teacher avatar DENISE LOVE, Artist & Photographer

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Intro to art of using textures


    • 2.

      How to add a texture to your photograph


    • 3.

      How to pick a texture to use


    • 4.

      What you can use as a texture


    • 5.

      How to add multiple texture layers


    • 6.

      Manipulating your texture layer


    • 7.

      Using a layer mask


    • 8.

      Remove texture retain tone


    • 9.

      Remove texture retain tone paint on


    • 10.

      How to replace a dull sky


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Combine your love of photography with your desire to create art.  In this workshop I give you the tools you need to get started with working fine art textures into your photography.  I show you some basic techniques and some advanced methods you can use in your texture work. 

What you will learn:

  • How to add a texture to your photo
  • How to select a texture
  • What you can use as a texture
  • Manipulating your texture layer
  • Using a layer mask
  • How to remove texture and retain tone on your subject
  • How to replace a dull sky

This course is designed to give your the tools to get creative in your photography using textures.

What you will need: 

  • Photoshop (These techniques also work in Photoshop Elements)
  • Photos
  • Textures - I give you a collection in the project area to get you started!
  • Your imagination!

Lets get started! I cannot wait to see where this journey leads you!

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Hello, my friend!

I’m Denise, and I'm an artist, photographer, and creator of digital resources and creative workshops.

I have always been passionate about art and the creative process, and have spent my career exploring various mediums and techniques. Whether I am working with paint, pencils, or pixels, I am constantly seeking to push the boundaries of what is possible and find new ways to express myself.

In addition to creating my own artwork, I also love sharing my skills and knowledge with others through workshops and classes. I believe creativity is a vital part of life, and I'm dedicated to helping others discover and cultivate their own artistic abilities.

I'm so glad to have you here on my Art channel.


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1. Intro to art of using textures: 2. How to add a texture to your photograph: Hey, this is Denise from 2 Lil' Owls Studio. In this video, I want to show you how to add textures to your photographs. What I have open here is an example of a texture. It's a JPEG file. These are some textures I've created, but you can use all kinds of things as a texture, such as things you've gone out and photographed, old papers, or things you've painted that maybe you've scanned into your computer. Basically, it's another JPEG file similar to the photograph file that you're using. We're going to add this file right on top of our photograph and create a top layer that we then change the blending modes on so that we then incorporate that texture into our photograph. Why would you want to do that? To me, it makes your photo a little more art-like, a little more like a mixed media piece that you're doing digitally. Then you might want to print out and hang or maybe you're going to sell it at an art gallery, is one more dimension that you can add to your photo because you want to, it's that simple. It's just wanting to go a little further and explore and experiment and just see what you can get rather than being a traditional straight-out-of-camera photographer. I like that. I like pushing the boundaries. So I have a collection open here, the Ancient times. You can just randomly pick and play and see what you get. One way to add a texture to your photo is to have your photo already open. You can open the texture file that you want to use and then you simply select it. Make sure you've got your little selector tool up here selected. You would simply select it and drag it right onto your photo. Then it places and it's ready to size. So we're just going to grab our handlebars and pull that out to the size of the photo, and then we change our blending mode. You have a lot of choices here on the blending modes. You have the top five here that are darkening modes, the next five are lightening modes, the next five to me are more like blending modes, and then you have some [inaudible] modes here at the bottom that I don't generally use myself on these. Soft Light is probably my first go-to mode because it's a very soft blending mode. Overlay, a little bit stronger. Hard Light, even stronger. If you're in the lightning modes, the Screen mode is the most popular. This is really nice for adding a great haze to your photo. Generally, you wouldn't use it at 100 percent, you would come down and use it at a lower opacity. So that's a good mode. Then Multiply is the most popular darkening mode. You can use it at any opacity that ends up working for your photo. But again, I usually start with the Soft Light and I go from there. So see how great that looks. Another way to add texture to your photograph is go up here to your File menu and go File and Place. Then you will navigate to where you have your texture file stored. So I'm going to randomly just pick a different file that we just did so that you can see what a different one looks like. So you just highlight it and hit the "Place" button, and then that appears right on your photograph ready to size. Once you get it sized out, then pick your blending mode. See, that's great. I love those. Ancient times are some of my favorite ones. So that's how your two easy ways to place a texture. You can drag it right onto the photograph, or you can go to File and Place. Another thing we could have done is we could have had a file already open. I'll just randomly pick another one and just have it open. We could have just had our picker ready, click down, and drag it right into our file also. Then you'll notice it's actually more the same size as my photo here because it was a full-size open product already rather than a smart product that we were dragging in. So you just drag it, size it to your photo again, and then change the blending mode. There you go. Now you have a third option of how to place a texture on your photo. So I hope out of those three ways, you find a way that your favorite. In the following videos, I'm going to show you some great things that you can do to manipulate that texture to incorporate it even more into your photograph and make it look the best it can look. So thanks and I'll see you in the next video. 3. How to pick a texture to use: In this video, I want to talk a little bit about how you pick a texture and what kind of photograph really works best with textures. So this is my own personal opinion so I'm sure there's a million different ways out there and everybody has their own system, but what I do when I'm going to place textures is I start off with, first of all, a great photograph. I go ahead and pick the very best photograph I can right out of camera to start with. The reason I do that is because I'm trying to enhance a beautiful photograph. I'm not trying to compete with the textures. I'm trying to get that texture to blend in and enhance my original vision. I also don't have a lot of business going on in the photograph, like you couldn't have a million things going on in this photograph and then add a texture to it and the texture be successful because everything is competing with each other. So when I'm out taking photographs, I'm usually shooting wide-open on my aperture, maybe something four or three or two so that I'm getting a very pretty clear subject and a lot of blur. Blur loves textures. [LAUGHTER] So I look for a whole lot of blur, a little bit of clear subject, and then I know I've got a good start. Say, for instance, if we're looking at this one, we started off with a very pretty clear subject, and then a lot of blur on the sides. You don't want a photograph to be competing with the texture, you want it to be enhanced by the texture. That's what I'm looking for. I'm looking for a lot of blur in my background and a very pretty subject in my foreground. Then how do I pick a texture? I pick a set that I'm interested in working in, and then I might pick a texture with similar tones or a tone I'm trying to pull out, like if it's warmth, maybe I'll pick a brown or yellow and pull some warmth out. So I'll pick something that's already complimenting what I have going on in the photograph and start there. Doesn't always work, but it does give me a starting point. Like look at this texture. It's got some very pretty tones going on in there. If we pull it to the side, you can see I've got some of these tones a little bit in the photograph. If I put that on there and change the blending mode, hopefully, that has enhanced what I've had in the photograph, like that. That's really beautiful. Of course, if I didn't like the color casting, I can then go over here to Adjustments and pull the saturation of that color down to match what I need it for that photo. So that's my philosophy. I'm just getting into a set and I'm like, I'm going to try this set and just see what I get, and maybe I like it and maybe I don't. Or I'm going to try Askew and maybe I'll look around this set of textures and see maybe I like this color in here. That's really pretty. You take off this one. Try to move the photo instead of the texture. Then if you get it on here and you need to resize it and you forget how to do that, just hit your Command on a Mac or your Control key on a PC and the T. That will let you get your handlebars back to resize this. Soft Light. So that's pretty. That's what I'm looking for. I'm looking for a lot of blur in my photos so that it's not too busy. I'm looking for textures that complement what I already have going on in there so that when I change the blend mode on that texture layer, it's probably going to look good almost every time. Then two, there's a lot of reasons why you might pick specialty sets. Say, Beautiful Bokeh. Maybe in the background, I want some pretty bokeh bubbles. Let's just see what that gives us. So that's fun. Then of course if we put a mask on that, pull that back over where I can see my brushes. We could take that all off her face. Maybe blend it a little bit there in the sides, and then look at those pretty bokeh bubbles we just threw in back there, that is fantastic. So that's another reason why you might dive into particular textures. Maybe you're trying to add a feature that was missing, like some pretty bokeh back in the background. So definitely experiment. Placing textures and picking the right textures is all trial and error, but you'll be more successful if you start off with the right type of photograph to begin with and then go from there. I'll see you in the next video. 4. What you can use as a texture: In this video, let's talk for a few minutes about what a texture is. A texture can be just about anything that you want it to be. You can go out and photograph textures, you can use old, vintage resources as textures, you can make your own textures in Photoshop. Basically, what I do when I make textures is I start off with something that I've photographed. My favorite place to photograph things are old car junkyards because cars have that wonderful, weathered, rusty, scratched paint from sitting out in the weather all the time. I also like old train yards. If you can safely, and with permission, get into an abandoned house, I like shooting moldy walls that occur in abandoned houses where maybe it's been raining and the roof's leaking and things like that. So I like abandoned spaces. You can just get up close to, say, a brick wall or an old building and see what textures you can find on the walls. Like for instance, this was taken at the train yard and I might use the whole thing or I might use part of it. This here was taken in an abandoned house and this is a fabulous texture to have. I love all of this mold and scratches that are going on in this texture and it works fantastic when you mix this with other photos. This is an up-close of a plaster wall in an abandoned house that has been molding and started to crack. That was a fantastic surface. You can move around the wall too and take close-up shots every couple of inches in old spaces and wind up with a different texture if you hit the right wall, you just have to be creative. Another wall photo, and then antique papers are a favorite go-to source of mine. I have age spots and water spots and folds and crinkles and things that you just can't combine naturally when we age in nature, you can make some of these organic, wonderful things for your textures. Then you can paint your stuff. This is a painted piece that I did with some distressed stains paint and then sprinkled it with water. These are some of my favorite textures to play with. I like old book covers because I make altered art book where I cut the covers off, so I don't throw the covers away, they become part of another piece of art or they get scanned in and used as a texture in my photographs. So those are wonderful book covers. Watercolor paint makes fantastic textures because they're usually on watercolor paper, so that has a nice texture. Then however you've painted and let the paint dry at different stages of the piece that you're working on, like all of these yummy edges right through here, wonderful for textures. Then of course, you can buy textures. There's plenty of commercial textures out there that you can get. I have over 200 sets on the 2 Lil' Owls site, and my textures have tons of layers in it. This is not just something I photograph, this is something I have probably 20 layers in and where I've layered other photos in there. Maybe I have a few color layers changing the color. Maybe I have some old film work done there, adding some great borders. Like this one has an old film worked in for all these yummy borders here. So definitely look around. This is a real piece of old film that I've scanned in. Those are some of my favorite. If you've got some old film or negatives, scan them in real big, and clone the person out of the picture here, and then you have the most wonderful textures coming from the old films. Those are probably by far my absolute favorite. They're the most versatile. They go on just about anything and they make great layers in textures you might consider making for yourself. I hope that gives you a good idea of what a texture is and where you might look for different things to consider using in your photographs. I'll see you in the next video. Thanks. 5. How to add multiple texture layers: In this video, I want to show you and encourage you on how you can use more than one texture in your photograph. I have one of my photos opened and I can go to File, Place. I'm going to pick just a random texture here, place that right on my photo. I'm going to fix my blending mode to soft light, and then you'll notice there that we've got one texture here on our photograph. I'm going to add a mask and we'll just paint that texture off her face for this since it's a neutral color, then it still blends, maybe a little off the hair there. Now, what I want you to note is that you can add another texture layer here if you would like. One way to do that is we could duplicate the current layer, and then you have two of the same texture. You can use them on different blending modes and different opacities. So that's one method. Another method is to go to File, Place and pick an entirely different texture to layer on top of the one that we've already got there, so I'm going to go to Place. I'm in the black screen textures, which are super cool, so that's why I want to show you these very quickly. These are black textures with slight white details on them, and when you pick one of these I'm just going to place one. I'm going to rotate that and then size it. When we use these textures and we use them on the screen blend mode, it makes all of the black disappear and leaves the little tiny bit of white details still showing. I love these textures and we can do the same thing: we can add a mask, pick a brush, swipe it off our face of our subject, and then we can leave some of those details showing in the areas around our photograph. Those are fun to play with. I like the difference that can make. You might pull it a little off her hair here even. Your work in these till you get something that you like. Don't be afraid to use two or three, or even four textures on the same photograph to really pump up the interests that you're adding. I'm going to place one more just to see what we get just to be fun. I'm in the Askew set and this might not look good and it might look good, so we'll just test it out and see what we get. I'm just going to place a random one. I love the big frames that this set has on it. Again, you just change the blend mode and add some nice depth in there. We can again add a mask. You can copy the mask that's on a different layer if you want. Let me show you how to do that. If you're on a Mac or a PC, you want to hit your Alt/Option key, and then you can just click right on that mask, drag it up to the layer right above it, and that will copy that mask to that layer for you. Did you see how I do that? Let me just undo that. I'm clicking my "Alt/Option" key and just dragging it right up, and then it places that mask right on the next layer for us. That's a super easy way to copy the mask from layer to layer if you don't want to redo it every single time you add a texture up there. I hope that by seeing that, you'll add multiple textures or multiple lines onto your photos and just experiment and see what great looks you can get by having more than one texture on there. I will see you in the next video. 6. Manipulating your texture layer: In this video, I want to show you a couple of things that you can do that will manipulate our texture a little further. Sometimes when you place the texture on top, it doesn't blend as well as you would want. Then of course, you can try to change the opacity to get that to look how you'd like it. But there's some other more advanced things that we might do to that texture layer that would incorporate it even better for us. Once you have your layer on there and you have the blend mode that you like and an opacity you think you're happy with, make sure the layer is still highlighted, and then we can go up to Image and Adjustments and we can further make adjustments to the texture layer. This will be separated completely than the photograph layer. We're not changing the photograph layer when we do this. Some of the things I like to do is change the levels, perhaps the curves. If you're working in elements, you won't have the Curves option, but curves, if you're in Photoshop, sometimes I definitely change the Hue/Saturation. If I have a very colorful texture and I like the texture part but not the color part, then I will desaturate that texture. Let's just pick that and you can pull that color out right thereby pulling the saturation down to negative 100. Then you'll notice on this one that it just made it more gray. If we hit "Cancel", you can see it warmed up a little bit, that texture has a tiny bit of color to it. But if we go back to the Hue/Saturation and we pull that out, we've pulled all the color out completely and simply left the texture part. That's one thing that I love to do. I love to change the saturation. Another thing I'll do is I'll get in here to the levels and you'll notice on the texture layer with the levels that I'm missing most of the dark darks and the light lights. In this case, you could pull those in and you'll see what that gave us there. If I turn that off and on, it gave that texture a little more of an [inaudible] . That made a little more exciting. I'm going to leave it like that because I actually like that. Then of course, if you move this center one, you will adjust the mid-tones. These are the darks, and these are lights. Hit "Okay". Another thing that I like to do is playing the curves, which is very similar to the levels, and you might give it a pop with a slight S curve there. If I turn that off and on, you can see how that gave it a nice little pop in there, giving it a curve. At that point, you might think, gosh, maybe I've overdone it a little bit, and you can back off your opacity. That's a few very easy exciting things that you can do to the texture layer to really pump it up and make it work best it can in your photograph. All right, I'll see you in the next video. 7. Using a layer mask: In this video, we're going to talk about how to add a mask to your textures. What a mask in Photoshop is, is simply a way to hide or reveal certain areas of the photograph from the layer that you've got covering the bottom layer. What that means is when I put a texture on here and I change the blending mode and I have the texture over the entire face, maybe I don't want the texture to be on her skin, so I will hide the texture part from her skin. A mask allows me to do that. Let me show you what I mean. We're going to go to File, Place and we're going to go ahead and place a texture on her photograph. I'm in the Awry collection here, so I'm just going to select a random texture and then hit the "Place" button. We can resize that right out to the size of our photograph. We'll change the blending mode so it becomes transparent. Perfect. Then you'll notice we don't want this grid on her face and there's a couple of different ways to take that off of her face. I'll show you another method in one of the other videos coming up. But for this method, we're going to add a mask. While you've got this layer highlighted, you want to come right down here to this menu where you have the FX, the little square with the circle, that two little halftone circle, and you want to select the box with the circle in it. That puts a white box right here onto our layer. That's called a layer mask. What we're going to do because it's white, we're going to use a soft round paintbrush. Pick your paintbrush tool, pick a soft round brush to paint that with. Then we paint on a white mask. We see it's highlighted because we've got the little squares right around our little box there. We paint on that with the black paint. The black paint hides what we've got going on with that texture. If we were to use white paint, it would then re-reveal. For instance, if I were to paint here with the black and I did too much, I could simply change my colors over here from black to white, and I could paint it right back on. You can see on the little white box here, what exactly I have painted as I'm painting it, and then paint off, paint on until you get it how you want it. Black reveals and white conceals. Another thing that I consider when I'm using a mask is, I don't usually use it at 100 percent opacity. I usually start at a lower opacity, maybe 30-40 percent, so that I can remove texture in layers instead of all at one time. Then if you're clicking on here and you're not seeing any texture get removed, make sure that your color is on the correct white or black mode. Then you can remove the texture just from the areas that you want. You can get it as close as you want. You can make the brush larger or smaller with your bracket keys, left key goes smaller, right key goes larger. Then that's how we can very easily remove the texture from our subject. The only drawback to that is we are completely removing that texture from our file. If, for instance, we had a texture that had a color to it, let me just pick one that has a color that might show up, if we have something that's got a definite color rather than mostly gray, change that blending tone, you can tell that it changed the color of our entire picture. If we put a mask on that and then we remove just the part of the face, then you'll notice that part of your picture maybe a different color than the other part because we've erased the texture here and we haven't maintained the color all the way across our photograph. That's something to be aware of when you're using a mask like that. Are you changing the color so that it no longer blends and looks like it's natural or is what you've done look okay? Because like with this one, even though I've changed it peachy, her skin is peachy and it actually works. Totally depends on the texture file that you're using, if this method is going to work great for you or not. That is using a layer mask. What subjects do you brush the texture off of? Sometimes I'll brush it off of my flower petals. I'll definitely brush it off of skin. If I have a person in the photo, it's up to you as to what you might want to see that texture on. Maybe if I have a boat here, I might take some off the boat if I don't like how grungy it makes it, total preference. That is using a layer mask. 8. Remove texture retain tone: In this video, I'm going to show you how we can remove the texture from our subject and still retain the tone that we've got going in our photograph. Because you remember in the last video where we used the mask, we erased the tone when we erased the texture. In this video, I'm going to show you how we can keep that tone. I'm going to start off by placing our texture and maybe I'll place this peachy one again just because it had a pretty color tone to it. Hit "Place". We'll go ahead and size that out, and go ahead and pick a blending mode, and then you'll see we've got it all over our subject's face there. Like before, I'm going to go ahead and add a mask. Using the little dark box with the white circle, I'm going to pick a soft round brush, and while I'm on black so that I'm removing and concealing, I'm going to brush it off her face. Then here's where we're going to do something different than we just did. I'm going to actually highlight this layer, drag it down to the little page icon beside the trash can, and duplicate the layer. Now, I have two layers and I want to pick the bottom layer, and while the mask box is selected, hit "Command" if you're on a Mac and "Control" if you're on a PC. Hit the "Command" button and the letter "I" and you'll notice that we have reversed that mask in that box and we've made it black. Now, this part is revealing the face, and on the one above it, it's revealing everything around the face. On the bottom one where we've got the face highlighted, we've got texture on there because you see I can turn that texture on and off, just the face. We don't want that texture to stay on the face, but I want that color to stay. While I have not the mask box selected, but the texture box selected, I'm going to apply a blur to this entire layer by going up here to the Filter, Blur, Gaussian Blur. Now, did you just see that? That totally just removed all that texture but left the color. Now you can pick a blur level that you want. If we have it at 0, you see we leave the texture there. If we bring it up to 13, 15, 400, [LAUGHTER] you are adding different levels of blur to that entire texture layer. You can see over here, it just smooths it out but leaves the color and you can hit "Okay". Now what you've done is you have removed the texture from the face, but you've retained the tone across the entire composition. There you have it. The very easiest way to remove the texture and retain the tone. I'll see you in the next video. 9. Remove texture retain tone paint on: In this video, I want to show you one more method for removing the texture but retaining the tone. It's a little different than the method where we added two layers and added blur to one of the layers. This one, we're actually going to paint directly on the texture. This is a more destructive method of removing your texture since we're actually going to be painting on our texture layer. But it does have its place and it is a method that I like to use myself. So I want to show you and then you have choices. So I've got the same file open, I'm just going to go ahead and place a texture, File, Place. I'm just going to pick a random one out of this Askew set. Then once you've got it sized out, be sure to hit your "Enter" button to get it placed, and then change your blending mode. Now you can see that with this texture, we've got all these scratches on the texture showing up on her face, and I don't really want it to do that. If you will hit your "Command" key at the same time that you're hitting this background layer eyeball, it will reveal the texture to you so that we can pick a color out of it, and we want to pick a color from about this area. So hold your "Command", and on your PC, this is the Control key, just turn the eyeball to the background layer off, and then come over here to your color selectors so that we can pick a color right out of here. I think the face was right about there, it's a neutrally brown, and then hit "Okay". Now we have brown here, and we're going to pick up paintbrush, and again, this is a soft round brush. The reason why you use a soft brush rather than a hard brush is because we don't want a hard edge where we stop painting. It will be very obvious. Once you've got a color and you've got a brush, hold that "Command", "Control" key down again, just turn the eyeball back onto the background, and now make sure that you're on the texture layer, and that little texture is selected with those little boxes around the box, and then we're ready to paint. Put this Opacity down on something low because, this is something where you could definitely overdo it the first time, and if you've forgot and saved it or whatever, you cannot go back and fix that, you'd have to delete the texture and try again. So low opacity, change the size of your brush with your left and right Bracket key, left key makes it smaller, right key makes it bigger, and then start painting that color directly on your texture and on any place where you don't want texture to be showing on your subject. Then you can feather it in since we're at a low opacity, we might just feather it in around her face so that the transition is gradual instead of stark. There you go. Now, we've painted directly on our texture and we've removed the texture from our subject but retained the tone. That's, again, just another method for you to try and just see what pictures that works better for you than the other methods or it may be easier to remember what have you. I hope you like that method and I'll see you in the next video. 10. How to replace a dull sky: I'm going to show you in this video how easy is to replace a sky in your photograph. This is the sky that we've got to start with. Before I put a sky into this photograph, I'm going to very quickly do a quick selection of our parts of our girl that are up here in the sky and maybe a little further down, and that will allow us to place the sky easier in a moment. I'm going to select the "Quick Selection Tool" over here. It's in there with your Magic Wand, and with this brush at about a size 40 or 50 or so, we want to be able to get the small detail parts. I'm going to select the girl here. Photoshop does a pretty good job at this quick selection, so usually I can get a real good selection here. If you end up with a place like right here in-between your arms that you don't want to be selected, if you hit your Option or your Alt key on a PC and it'll give you a little negative inside your circle, then when you click on that, it will let you take that little part out of our selection. Pick that little bit of hair up there. Then what we're going to do, I don't really need this hair here, but I'm going to pick it just in case because really, we're placing a sky right about up here. What I'm going to do now is I'm going up here to the Refine Edge box that it gives us. Then this is what it lets it do. What we're going to do is take our little picker and we're going to very quickly just clean up the areas where maybe there's some sky showing through her hair that we want to get rid of, just like that. See how nice that does? So just clean up her edges real quick. You get little details back in there like little wispy pieces of hair. Do you see how that brought that little piece of hair back? This is a pretty cool tool. That looks pretty good right there. I'm going to feather it just a tiny bit and maybe add a tiny bit of contrast right here in our box, and then hit ''Okay''. Now what we've got is an area that is selected. If you just hit your Command on a Mac or your Control key on a PC and a letter J, Command-J, it will make a copy right over here above our background that just has the girl that we just selected. That's exactly what we wanted. Then we're going to place our sky in-between these two layers. I'm going to just go to File, Place, and I'm going to pick out the sky that I want to use in this photograph. I think I'm going to use Dramatic Sky 11 because it's similar in tone and I like what this part of the sky is doing in relation to what my photograph is doing. Just experiment with these, they're really fun to play with. Then I'm going to resize it right up here to the top of my photo where I want the sky to lay. Another cool thing that you can do while you're doing this is if you wanted to, you could right-click on this while it's still in free transform mode, and you can change the perspective of the clouds if you want. A pulling just like that while holding down your Command or your Control key. That's pretty cool because then you can really make those do some fun things like that. We're going to go for that and hit your ''Enter'' button and add a mask. We're going to turn the opacity down a little bit. See right there? We can always change it. We're going to pick a black brush and add a medium opacity. We are going to get rid of our line down here, and then very softly, with the mountains back there, blend that sky right up just like that. Then you can perfect that as you want working with the different opacities and such, blending that right up. Look how beautiful that is. Then you can change the opacity as you need it. That's really nice, right there. Then once you've done all that, you are ready to finish your processing so that your whole photo is cohesive. Like on this one, I'm in the beautiful spring actions. I might run this raindrops and look what that did. It added a really pretty soft, warm morning glow to that photo. Now we can see this is our after, so check it out. This is our before and our after. You can see how adding a more dramatic sky where maybe you didn't have one on the day you were out shooting can really pump up the drama in your photos. Thanks for watching and I'll see you next time.