- import photo
- crop and adjust color
- copy a background layer (I use softlight for this layer)
- between the two layers, I added the cloud layer
- I added a levels layer
- I added a gradient map layer for b&w (I use normal and play with the opacity to achieve the level of desaturation I am looking for or just strictly b&w)
- the opacity on the background copy layer can be adjusted for opacity to acheive desaturation.
All this takes some time and some playing around with opacity and what type of layer you use. Its fun but it is easy to "over-bake" it. Many photos don't need this much work. Often, a level layer adjustment or a background copy to softlight is all that's needed. I'm hoping to get away from texturing this year and have more pure photography. I'm finding I can do this now, because my photos are so much better! New camera and new eye.