The difference a layer makes! by Jan Clarke

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21.07.2012: 236 views.

Roses are my passion!

Featured in High Quality Images on 08.06.2012.

I took some photos of dying roses the other day, intending to use them in an image similar to those Rosalie Dale makes from time to time.

A rusted sheet of metal I dec8ided to use as the base image:

and a texture from SkeletalMess:

When I went to open one of the pics I had taken for this purpose, i couldn’t find them – I’ve spent three days looking for them! Grrrrrr!

I gave up looking and went looking for another rose which might look good for what I had in mind – I decided to try using a photo of a buch of roses I’d bought last year:

I opened the rust photo and duplicated it. I then opened the SkeletalMess texture and dragged it onto the rust layer. I changed its Blending Mode to Hard Light.

Next I opened the rose image and dragged it onto the top of the SkeletalMess layer, and changed its Blending Mode to Luminosity. Wow, what a difference that Blending Mode made to it!

Next, I dragged the SkeletalMess texture onto the roses again and reduced the Fill to 40%.

Lastly, I increased the physical dimensions and the PPI to give me an image which is 250% larger than what I started with. I saved it as a .jpg for posting.

Thanks for looking, I hope you enjoy it. All comments are much appreciated.

The rose and rust photos taken with a Pentax K100d, and a Sigma 28 – 80 mm lens. All work done in PS CS3.


  • Tania1403
    Tania1403about 4 years ago

    I really love the colour of the original, however the layes you used from skelatelmess worked a treat. ;-)

  • Thank you for a beautiful compliment, Tania, I appreciate it.I downloaded about half a dozen textures from SkeletalMess and this is the second one I’ve used. They are really great!
    I’m glad you enjoyed the final result.

    – Jan Clarke

  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyabout 4 years ago

    Lovely work Jan

  • Many thanks for a lovely comment, Chris, I’m glad you like it.

    – Jan Clarke

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1about 4 years ago

    Just lovely!

  • Many thanks for your lovely comment, Shulie. I’m pleased you enjoyed it.

    – Jan Clarke

  • oanaoana
    oanaoanaalmost 4 years ago

    great work!

  • I appreciate your lovely comment, Oanaoana, I’m glad you enjoyed it. (May I ask your name?)

    – Jan Clarke

  • walela
    walelaalmost 4 years ago


  • Many thanks for your lovely comment, Walela, I appreciate it. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

    – Jan Clarke

  • evon ski
    evon skialmost 4 years ago

    wow Jan- turned out great!! Very kind of you to take the care to add the specific steps of your process.
    Have you ever tried creating textures by placing things( leaves etc. ) on your scanner. works cool too.

  • Thank you for such a wonderful comment, yvonca, I’m glad you enjoyed it. Others on RB add their methods and others have been kind enough to explain to me how they make their images, so i’m happy to pass on my steps. If they help anyione else, then the time is well spent.
    I had used my scanner a couple of times to make pictures but I hadn’t used to make pics for use as textures. I will certainly give it a try. thank you for passing that tip on, it will be very useful.

    – Jan Clarke

  • oanaoana
    oanaoanaalmost 4 years ago

    you’re welcome! and my name is Oana. :)

  • Thank you, Oana, I wasn’t sure from your user name. :-))

    – Jan Clarke

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonabout 3 years ago

    Roses Grow on You

    GORGEOUS work,

  • Rosehaven
    Rosehavenover 2 years ago

    Please Click the banner to congratulate your Fellow Artists

  • Thank you for this wonderful gift, Lynne. I’m honoured to be amongst such great images.

    – Jan Clarke

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