A Blue-Grey Glamour Composite Inspired by a Flower

As my wife Sandra was reading Botanical Dreaming (by Mark S. Johnson) on the iPad (see http://www.msjphotography.com/index.php/botanical-dreaming/), she came across a wonderful image of a delicate light blue flower surrounded by a grey background. Mark is an artist/Photoshop master/photographer who possesses an uncanny ability to make his images evocative. I also liked that image, so much that I thought I would try it on a glamour composite of my friend Tiffany Felisha. The retouched image has a distracting and cluttered background above Tiffany:

Tiffany looks great, but that background must go!

Tiffany looks great, but that background must go!

With Mark's blue-grey color scheme in mind, I ventured out of Photoshop and back to Lightroom to search for a bluish texture from my texture collection. I found this one called "Colour Water seamless_PC01":

Colour Water seamless_PC01.

Colour Water seamless_PC01.

Oddly enough, I had purchased this cool texture from Mark himself several months earlier! From here, it was a simple matter to convert Tiffany to a black and white version (although I set the layer opacity to 90% to let just a hint of color show through), mask out the background above Tiffany, add the texture, rotate the texture clockwise 90º, and then compress its vertical dimension using Free Transform:

The almost completed blue-grey glamour composite.

The almost completed blue-grey glamour composite.

A custom vignette was added using a Curves Adjustment layer set to Multiply blend mode, adjusting the layer opacity down to 50% and then painting on the layer mask with a soft, black brush of 50% opacity. Here is the completed image - inspired by a flower!

Tiffany Felisha, final.

Tiffany Felisha, final.