I have to admit, I had a hard time with this assignment, at first. I'm all about clear communications, vivid, full, saturated colors and sharp images. Pastels make me a little uneasy ... Maybe that says something about me? This style has a definite vintage feel to it. Dreamy. Faded memories. Maybe that's it--fear of loosing those memories, wanting to keep them bright and vivid, instead. Heck, I dream in technicolor. Not like this .... Hence, I looked for a quote that wanted to escape this dream state.
The image at top was partially rendered in RadLab. Kim recommended a 30-day free trial if we were not already familiar with it. Yes, the process went much quicker with this handy tool.
I used the following RadLab filters stacked one on top of another : SuperFunHappy - Flora - FlareUpFaded - SuperFunHappy(again). I did not change the levels for each filter, but used them all as given. (Actually, I did play with them, but eventually decided to go with the default settings.)
Layer 1 : Copy Background
Layer 2 : Rad Lab Filters Stacked (SuperFunHappy - Flora - FlareUpFaded - SuperFunHappy(again)
Layer 3 : Feathered Frame with color fill. Normal blend mode; 100 opacity.
Layer 4 : Text GingerSnap and My Underwood. Normal blend mode 39% opacity.
This is a simple recipe compared to the first round below ...
Let's call this one the manual version. A similar effect, but it lacks the glow and warmth of the RadLab version above.
Layer 1 : Copy Background Layer
Layer 2 : Smart Blur Filter (added last)
Layer 3 : Add frame and color fill; Multiply blend mode at 100% opacity
Layer 4 : Levels Adjustment; Screen blend mode; 82% opacity
Layer 5 : Hue Saturation - Normal blend mode; 100% opacity
Layer 6 : Frame with color fill - Soft light at 56%
Layer 7 : Kim's Now Texture - Soft light at 100%
Layer 8 : Duplicate Layer 7 - Multiply at 49%
Layer 9 : Text - GingerSnap and My Underwood fonts. Soft light at 100%
Layer 10 : Duplicate Text Layer.
Whew! That took a couple hours of experimenting. Doing and undoing. I tried a few layer masks to erase some of the effects and texture on the flower reds, but it didn't seem to give me the desired effect, so I deleted those layers.
Here is the original photo of orchids taken at my Mom's house. Recognize this, Ma?