At times it feels great to just play around with a picture that you feel is not exactly your best until you finally like it. Photoshop is just great for such experiments. For this I took a moderately boring picture from the Hofgarten in Düsseldorf and followed a rather random Photoshop Tutorial to get me started. I actually didn’t even like the colour effect this tutorial was supposed to achieve, but I thought I just modify the approach as I go along, since it came close to the feel I wanted to create. It kind of went like this: A hard light blend, a soft light blend, blur the background layer, blur the soft light blend, a lighting effect using Filter -> Render -> Fibers, convert to black and white, channel mixer, adjust the layer masks for the blending layers, brightness and contrast, blend in two textures, add the border. After step 4 I was already far far removed from the tutorial and my result resembles the effect of the tutorial in absolutely no way. Still, it was a source of inspiration somehow. And since I liked the result of my Photoshop improvisation, I thought I’d share it with you. I like how much I can learn by just playing around. Equally good for learning are tutorials, although I really never follow them to the letter.