Thurs 2-14 technique challenge
Here's the right side of one of my pages from Italy album #2. I used a favorite blending technique on my background papers. I blended the 2 bg papers together by 1)adding a mask to the top paper and 2)with the gradient tool, using a black and white linear gradient, drawing a line from the edge of the paper towards the center. The longer the line, the more of the paper will blend away into the background paper. This technique only works on a mask, so is good for later versions of PSE as well as PS.
I actually used another favorite technique on the large photo. To give it a grunge effect, I duplicated it, changed my copy to black and white and increased its contrast, then used a luminosity blend to blend it into the original.
Journaling reads: Palazzo del Te, called the greatest Mannerist villa, was constructed 1524-1534 for Federico II Gonzaga, Marquess of Mantua
The architect was Giulio Romano, a pupil of Raphael. It is basically a square house built around a cloistered courtyard.
A team of plasterers, carvers and fresco painters worked for 10 years decorating all surfaces of the loggias and salons. The frescoes remain today and are the most remarkable feature of the Palazzo. The subjects range from Olympian banquets and stylised full-sized horses, to giants and grotesques.
The day we visited, there was also a fascinating exhibit of models and photos of the works of industrial architect Pier Luigi Nervi.