Jan 7: 366-07 Stone Bench Imprint

Did you know that textures don’t HAVE to be actual textures or patterns?  You can use another photo, and just by using it as a texture layer, it is now more than “just” another photo.  Combining two (or more) photos can sometimes be just the ticket to improving on one of them!  Today’s texture is an image I took while on a visit to Tacoma, Washington to spend time with family in 2009.  This is a cement bench at a cabin in the mountains that has an imprint of a maple leaf stamped into it.  The winter pine needles have fallen onto it, after a chilly rain.

Texture 366-07 Stone Bench Imprint

After rotating the image 90 degrees counter-clockwise, I chose to enlarge just the lower right-hand side as my texture, using again the Overlay option in CS3.  I picked another image from that same trip – a partial detail on a weathered wrought iron sun hanging on the side of the house in full afternoon sun.  Using the detail overlay, and lowering the opacity a bit, gave me more interest on the house siding and less of a harsh contrast to the original sun image.  Below are my before (on left) and after (on right) images for comparison.

How have you combined two photos to improve on one of them?  Let us know in the comments section.  Feel free to also post links to projects where YOU have used this provided texture and tell us how you tweaked it to fit your needs.  Feedback is welcomed! All textures are available for personal or commercial use. They are NOT allowed to be resold or to be claimed as your own.  Just click through for the larger size file, right-click that one and save the texture to your own computer.  My sample uses of the texture are not available for any use.
Now – if you’ve gone wild with a texture and just LOVE it … a small donation showing that love sure would be appreciated (but is not mandatory).   Just go to PayPal.com and send your donation to DogBreedz (at) yahoo.com.  Happy Texturing!
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One thought on “Jan 7: 366-07 Stone Bench Imprint

  1. […] On January 7th, we saw how you can use one photo to become a texture overlay over another photo (or image, if you are an artist in other media).  Today’s lesson is how to use your ONE image to be a texture overlay for the same photo for a wonderfully creative final result.  Now is the time to play and experiment with whatever graphics program you use … as my blogger artist-friend Naquaiya says, just dive in and do it!  Many of the programs have various artistic filters that you can test out.  NOTE:  when using your original image this way, start by making a copy of the image – do NOT play with the original itself!  You don’t want to “save” by accident and lose that starting file!  During the experimenting process – do each filter application on a NEW layer – this makes it oh-so-MUCH easier to make tweaks in a previous layer (or delete a filtered layer altogether) and will make your playtime a lot more enjoyable!  Title your layers, so you know what you did  and can also find what you want to change much easier.  And a final suggestion:  save your final image as an un-merged document (in Photoshop, that is a .psd) for future changes you can easily make.  Only then will you merge/flatten and save your newly created work of art as an image that can stand on it’s own. […]

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