Okay, so now we are using a better photo but no photo is perfect. There are things to be fixed here too:
The black rings show distracting elements to be cloned out or coloured in. With the sticks, I would recommend painting the on a separate rasta with a shade of green picked up from surrounding foliage. If the edges show too clearly on the painting, apply weak Gaussian blur to that layer The brown leaves can’t really be retinted effectively so they need to be cloned away.
Subtle but better. The colour looks a little flat though, largely because this photo was taken on a dark day. The flowers could use an increase in vibrancy; this would be in line with the sun theme but we don’t want the whole photograph brighter. Singling out the flowers to make brighter will help separate them from the background. Select around the blooms with a freehand tool using a fairly large feather (in this case 36). Increase the saturation til it appears nice to your eye. Be careful not to go too hard, as saturation tools have a tendency to increase noise levels if applied in a heavy-handed fashion. If you program has vibrancy tool, use that for preference. It does not have the same downsides as saturation; I have used vibrancy.
Now one of the drawbacks (and beauties) of digital photography, is the incredible depth of field. This can be a blessing in close up work and landscapes but sometimes, selective focus is a boon. We are going to mimic a narrower depth of field. Start by inverting your selection, then apply a light Gaussian blur.
Now select none and admire your work. Doesn’t that look better?
Now to add text; the obvious and correct spot for this image, is the bottom left hand corner.
Not bad but a little visually confused. There is a way to fix this. Place another rasta between the main picture and the vector layer with the text on it. Using the eyedropper pick up a dark colour from behind the text. Airbrush it onto the rasta layer behind the text area using about 50% density and 19% opacity.
The text now pops. This is a probably the most useful tip I have or will give you and it has saved me any number of time with difficult photographs.
Next we will use filters and tricks to apply creativity to straight photograph; make your haiga your own!