Category Archives: Artistic FIlters

Feb 8: 366-35 Polaroid Grunge

On February 3 I invited you to come along while I visited Leslie Nicole’s world at French Kiss Textures.  I knew I’d be playing over there again (many, many “agains” are in my future, I do believe!) and boy was it fun!  She has a tutorial on using transparent overlays in Photoshop.  If you use Photoshop, follow along – if you use a different program, take a couple of minutes to watch it anyway … you might be able to figure out how to do this in your graphics program.  At the very least, the tutorial will show you something that might be new, opening up future possibilities to you as you learn and grow.  I learned 4 new things before I stopped counting – just from this one 4 minute video!  (1) how to automatically resize my overlay to fit my original image (totally cool – precise and such a time-saver);  (2) how to auto-center my overlay in relation to my original image; (3) how to use a transparent overlay and (4) a new place to click in my layers menu that I hadn’t known about.

Here is the Polaroid Grunge transparent overlay that I used in this example.  Compliments of 640 Pixels and created by Andrea Rascaglia of Rome, Italy (Andrea’s email is andrearusky@hotmail.com).  Check out my link to 640 Pixels for four other photo edge overlays in this set.  I used image #5, and removed the white border, making it transparent everywhere except for the black.

Texture 366-35 Polaroid Grunge

Now, on to French Kiss Textures tutorial:  Using Transparent Overlays in Photoshop.

I chose an action shot of Australian Shepherd Gulfstream’s Sutter Home UD, RA from the recent Orange Classic obedience trial hosted by the Orange Empire Dog Club in San Bernardino.  When I capture a dog jumping an obstacle, I like to include a part of the jump – but sometimes (like in this example) it throws in too much negative space for my liking.  With the Polaroid Grunge Texture photo edge along with this boy’s registered name and date of show, I think everything starts to pull together nicely.  I also used the Dreamy Processing artistic filter sequence to blur out the distractions of the background before following along with Leslie’s video tutorial.

Please do post links to projects where YOU have used this transparent texture overlay and tell us how you tweaked it to fit your needs.  Feedback is welcomed – leave comments and questions and I’ll see if I can come up with some answers! All of my textures are available for personal or commercial use – check licensing for textures of other artists featured here. 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!

Peggy at DogBreedz.net and the DogBreedz Blog

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February 1: 366-29 Walls and Pavements

Have you been playing with your layers?  Applying textures and/or patterns and playing with the layer styles to see what the effects might look like?  And then playing with the opacity of the style to change the overall look?  Have you been surprised with any results?  I’ve been having a ball bringing these textures and tutorials to you!  I’m definitely no expert in this arena – I have had some exposure to what all the fuss over textures was about, but each and every day that I bring a new texture to you I learn more, too!

For today, we have a set of textures from Gratiela Dascalu (she’s a web designer & developer from Romania – you have just got to love the internet and how it connects us all!).  She put a sample pack of “wall and pavement” textures up at Brusheezy.com – you can find that sample pack HERE.  BrushEezy has some great resources for the graphic artist/designer – but please do read the licensing info before you decide to download anything … be sure the terms from the artist match your intended use.  BrushEezy has both a free section (that is where Gratiela’s texture pack is located) and a premium (paid subscription) section.  By honoring each artists’ licensing terms, we can be sure that the cool peeps at BrushEezy will still be able to bring us the basic (free) section of their site.  Now – head over to that sample pack page and download it … I’ll wait for you …

Did you notice that this was a PATTERN file (.pat) instead of a TEXTURE (.psd or .jpg or other image) file?  If you don’t know how to install a .pat on your graphics program, do a quick google search – it’s easy to do and there are a ton of easy-to-follow guides on the ‘Net.  If you have photoshop and are still stumped about loading the pattern file, drop me a note in the comments section and I’ll detail the steps for you.  I fired up the way-back machine and opened up a so-so photo of my baby boy Bennett that I took 3 years ago while at Nate’s Point Dog Park, in Balboa Park (San Diego).   I wanted to see if I could apply any knowledge I’ve gleaned since then to turn a snapshot quality image into something I’d be willing to hang on my wall.  I started by going in for a tighter crop on Bennett’s face and played with some of the artistic filters in Photoshop until I had some good brush strokes and renderings.  But it still needed something more to really set it off for me.  I opened up Gratiela’s Pattern #14 from the sample pack and applied it as a layer over the original image, using the soft light setting.  Then I went back to my favorite texture (posted on January 1 – The Wall) and used that on another layer, over the others.  I chose Vivid Light for this one.  Both layers I kept at 100% opacity for this final image.  I’m looking forward to seeing how it prints up on a canvas.  Here are my before (on the left) and after (on the right) looks at my beautiful Bennett:

Please do 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 – leave comments and questions and I’ll see if I can come up with some answers! 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!

Peggy at DogBreedz.net and the DogBreedz Blog

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Jan 31: 366-28 Splotch

Yoo Hoo … here I am, over here!  I’ve been MIA for a couple of days while my laptop went wonky on me (a battery doing it’s darndest to overheat, and a smart laptop powering down to avoid major catastrophe in my life).  I’ll be making those lost posts up to you, however – we’ll be ending this year with the intended 366 posts and textures for you – never fear!

Today’s texture is homemade by yours truly, as I followed along with a tutorial from epragt@hotmail.com.  His tute is online at http://home.zonnet.nl/epragt/tutorials/photoshop/texture/gold/index.jsp.htm and is about making a delicate gold texture.  I swear I followed his steps – maybe my start colors were off from his?  Mine wasn’t looking too delicate, so I splotched it up a bit more than he does and decided that made a good name for this one:  Splotch.  Here is my offering to you for today:

Texture 366-28 Splotch

I had recently opened images from a shoot I did with a good-looking Scottish Terrier, so an image of Shelly (the dog) was fresh in my mind.  I grabbed it and layered this texture over it, with a luminosity choice from the layers drop-down menu.  With the opacity lowered to 40%, this gave a look that I liked.  I finished the effect with my burn tool around the edges to give more of a spot-light feel behind the Scottie’s head.

Please do 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 – leave comments and questions and I’ll see if I can come up with some answers! 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!

Peggy at DogBreedz.net and the DogBreedz Blog

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Jan 13: 366-13 Artistic Filters

Welcome to Friday – you have a full weekend to play with everything you’ve been learning … doesn’t that sound like FUN?!  I have an exciting post for you today.  I feel like a kid in a candy store with all that I’ve been discovering to share with you!  On January 10th we started to learn about using your original image, making layers to texture things up and turn a good photo into a WOW! photo.  Ready for more of that?  Today we’ll learn the steps to do what I did with this before/after example:

Over at my photography blog I follow the blog of a great photographer Donna Catterick (you should check it out!).  In her post yesterday, she talked about a texture from Kim Klassen (and showed what that texture did to take her photo to WOW).  I just had to check out “this Kim Lady” and boy am I glad I did!  I was blown away!  No, wait – I AM blown away!  I know I’ll be checking in at her site a LOT.  So, how did Kim teach me to take Bravo’s (CH Love’s Heart Of Gold) show photo (which I used to really like … until I played with it today) to new levels?  Take a look at her tutorial called Dreamy Processing.  I bet you’ll love it as much as I do!

Please do post links to how you made use of this tutorial – we wanna see them!   Feedback is welcomed. 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!

Peggy of DogBreedz.net


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Jan 10: 366-10 Artistic Filters

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.

Earlier this week Bennett (one of my Cocker Spaniel “kids”) and I joined a local photographer Meetup group (check out Meetup.com for a group in your area that interests you!) for a wonderful stroll on the beach in Imperial Beach, CA.  One of my photos was of a young boy running thru the wet sand.  Without a model release, I couldn’t use the full image that showed his face, but that’s fine, as cropping to his feet gave me a much more dynamic shot that conveyed the feeling I wanted!  But it still lacked the punch that I was going for, so, like Naquaiya says, I decided to just dive in (no pun intended) and do it – it was time to use this image and get creative.  The resulting image is absolutely my favorite work of the day’s outing!  (click thru for the larger view to see all the yummy details).  I used five different layers (one was the original, untouched layer) with four different artistic effects to get this look.

Please do 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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