I liked the opportunity to use this texture, as I have a series of shots that more than one person have said reminds them of ‘oriental art’.
I don’t know if that’s entirely what we end up with here, but I had this image in my mind of soft pastels and yet clear colours, and I used the texture emphasize that oriental feeling.
I used the pdpa Bamboo dreams texture as a background and and layered the birds repeatedly on it using Soft light blending mode every time, softening one or two with a gaussian blur filter. Some hue and brightness adjustments were made, using adjustment layers. I also made a copy of the texture, inverted it, and pushed up the contrast until I could make a separate mask out of the text – I then made a selection of that and filled it with a gold-ish colour.
Ok, that was rather a mouthful… but it might give you an idea… And you’re always welcome to ask if you want me to elaborate! 🙂