Okay, so we start with our base image, this screen shot courtesy of Distant Horizon. Resize and crop it to your liking and you're ready to begin with this:
First step is to eliminate your very dark areas. I used this texture, flipped horizontally set to screen (100%) and then erased most of the general areas that were already light enough.
Now duplicate your base and desaturate it ONLY 50%. Pull that to the top and set it to overlay at 50%. Then duplicate you base again and desaturate this one completely. Set it to hard light (100%) and drag it so that it's ontop of the overlay base to get this:
It still looks awful, I know. But now we get to fix that by adding the following texture and setting it to screen (100%).
Almost there, now take our desaturated base, duplicate it, and set it to overlay (100%). Place that on top and then get this gradient. Set it to blend mode lighten (100%) to get the full effect.
I used the font type 'LaineDaySH'to type "Instant Music" ( lyric credit to The Pillows <3 ) in pink and had the font opacity set to 55%. And you're done! Below are the layers, feel free to comment and/or show me what you made. : )
(off-topic I know, but has anyone else ever found it ironic that the lj spell check does not recognize the word 'lj'?)