Okay, for real this time.
I’m realizing, as I write this, that I’m not great (yet) at narrating my processes and I figured this would be a good time to start trying to be(come) great at that (narrating thing (and not just constantly opening up parenthetical phrases (all the time))).
So, yes, I used the Youtube video to help me figure out how to do a color splash, and it was pretty much what I thought it would be. You duplicate the layers, turn one to greyscale (the video guy, User Justhisgood uses desaturation, which produces a similar/the same effect) and then use a layer mask to reveal the colored object underneath.
When I made the first one I didn’t like the color that came through on the deer very much. It was subtle, but I kind of thought it was too subtle, not really very much fun. The brown was kind of washed out, and it wasn’t differentiated enough from the background for my taste, so. So what? So I gave it another go.
This time, I upped the vibrance and saturation levels on the deer (IMAGE>ADJUSTMENTS>VIBRANCE) and then used a watercolor filter (which I toggled to up the detail level to give it a bit more grainy film stock feel) on the foreground (which, because of the layer mask, looks like it’s in the background, duh).
THEN, I used the brush tool (white, round 6) to bring the greyscale foreground branch back from watercolor filter land, just that one branch, because it looked weird only half-watercolored.
At this point I don’t really know if it’s better than it was, but it’s weirder at the very least. Anyhoo. What I learned today.