"Charlie and the White Rose"
In this lesson, Kim offered us lots of tips and tricks for processing our images. I tried the recipe out on a picture of someone flying a kite on a beach, but the overall recipe just didn't work on that image. I'll save that one for another day. So I turned to "Charlie and the White Rose."
Original image straight from my camera
Layer 1 : Background Image
Layer 2 : Clarify with a High Pass Filter
Layer 3 : Blur
Layer 4 : Beautiful Wings Brush added last. This appears to be in a format not compatible with my version of PSE, or maybe Mac. So I wound up using it as a jpg in a layer by itself. Darken Blend mode made it's background blend perfectly with the rest of the background. The wings could brush the skull's forehead. Just the effect I was looking for!
Layer 5 : Levels Adjustment
Layer 6 : Gradient Fill : White > Black ; Normal blend mode - 25 opacity
Layer 7 : Color Fill (Peach) ; Screen blend mode - 14%
Layer 8 : Copy Layer 7; Multiply blend mode - 26%
Layer 9 : Kim Klassen's Chase Texture ; Soft Light - 66%
Layer 10 : Copy Layer 9 ; Multiply blend mode - 66%
Layer 11 : Text ; Caflish Script Pro 60 pt with color chosen from elsewhere in the image
Layer 12 : Color Fill 2 - for feathering at frame
Layer 13 : In Picassa - Glow Filter
Layer 14 : In Picassa - Inner and outer borders added