Category Archives: Fabric

Jan 21: 366-21 Sherpa

For today’s texture (and example), here is a lovely sherpa dog bed.  It’s a fitting one to offer today:  it is COLD here and I know any of the dogs would enjoy cuddling up in the bed itself!

Texture 366-21 Sherpa Dog Bed

I had a dog come to the set rockin’ her bling this week (she has more jewelry than I do!).  While I like the composition of this image from the shoot, the actual photo itself is a bit (y)aw(n) inspiring for me.  I don’t know if it’s all that pink, if it’s the softer focus, if it’s the flatness of the pink blanket she’s posed on.  I pulled up  this photo and decided to give the blanket a more plush, luxurious look to match the tone set by the diamonds and pearls.  I used a hard light overlay  and used eraser at 100% over the dog and necklace, 50% in the back between her legs and 10% to the upper right, to heighten the way the light was falling on the scene.  I also used a perspective warp to make the sherpa texture “lay down” into the set.  This still doesn’t make the image one of my best, but it DID achieve my goal!

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 20: 366-20 Dog Bed

Here’s another nice fabric texture for your library.  It’s a section of a very pretty dog bed from the kennel.  I love the brown design on the brown background (remember, I love those monochromatic patterns!).

Texture 366:20 Fabric Dog Bed
 I’m ready for some fun and challenges with these textures!  Here’s the before/after with my friendly Chihuahua model:
 
 

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!
Peggy at DogBreedz.net and the DogBreedz Blog
 
 
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Jan 19: 366-19 Rug Back

The kennel manager, Jeri, isn’t a gal to leave a stone – or a rug – unturned.  When she figured out what I was doing prowling the kennel with my camera (and not photographing the dogs!) she rose to the occasion and shotgunned a lot of textures to me!  This is the non-skid backing of the rug featured in yesterday’s Free Texture post.  This is one to get the creative juices really flowing …

Texture 366-19 Rug Back

Now if this doesn’t get you thinking, I hope it’s just an off night for you … we all have those, and then we get right back into the game.  I just used this image of a Boxer puppy in a post at my DogBreedz Photo Blog so it came to mind first as a clean slate to use for today’s texture.  I used the texture in two separate layers and tweaked the hue and saturation in two different directions on each texture layer.  One I kept over the backdrop and the other I used for the white table covering.  I’m a huge fan of the monochromatic color look (white dog on white backdrop) but this gave a great funky look to the image.  One image, two completely different looks!

Hmm …. I wonder how this polkadot texture would look to turn the boxer pup in to a dalmatian wannabe?

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!
Peggy at DogBreedz.net and the DogBreedz Blog

 

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Jan 18: 366-18 Rug

The kennel offered so many differing textures this day, I didn’t have to roam far to get a slew of new images for my library!  This rich blue rug was hanging after a fresh wash and caught my eye:  not just for the color (one of my favorites) but because of the great texture to the image.  I can almost feel the plush nubs just by looking at it.

Texture 366-18 Rug

Maybe it was the beautiful blue color, but my first instinct was to pull up my images from my recent outing to Imperial Beach, CA with one of my photo meetup groups (check out Meetup.com – it’s full of great interest-based communities!).  I chose a ho-hum original image to see what I could do if I spent a little time playing with it.  I duplicated the original layer and then stayed on the original layer to play with the levels settings to lighten up the child.  On the duplicate layer, I erased over the child to allow the lightened image to show through.  Then I layered (using the overlay option) today’s free texture of the blue rug, and erased it everywhere except over the waves, and lowered the opacity a bit.  Before the layer, the white of the waves and the lightened child just made the full photo too “blah” and monotone.  With the layer, I like how the final image looks much better – it helps guide the eyes to the girl frolicking on the beach.

Thank you for taking the time to follow, comment, and/or subscribe.  It’s nice to know that folks are able to make use of my offerings here!  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!
Peggy at DogBreedz.net and the DogBreedz Blog
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Jan 15: 366-15 Canvas

I’ve been throwing a lot of different tutorials at you lately, showing you many ways to use your new textures in your graphics and photos. For the next few-ish days, I’ll just be passing out new textures to you, and showing you an example of how I might use it.  Let’s take some time and really play with the methods that have been introduced here – get comfortable with your graphics program and what possibilities are opening up to you!  Today’s texture is a closeup of a canvas shoulder bag that was hanging out in the kennel, after going through the wash.  The lower natural side light brought out not only the texture of the canvas, but also shows variations in the shadowing, for extra effect.

For this image, I thought about a photo I took last year of Reilly, a Glen of Imaal Terrier.  The original photo was taken with a plain canvas backdrop, but it really is too plain for me, against his pretty wheaten color.  I used two layers of this texture as overlays – the layer closest to the photo I inverted the image, and the topmost layer I left it as it is here, and lowered the opacity just a skooch.  I think it really adds some nice texture to the backdrop and brings it closer to the look I was originally going for!  The top is the original, the bottom is with the texture layers.

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!
Peggy at DogBreedz.net and the DogBreedz Blog
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Jan 3: 366-03 Fabric

Textures can be from man-made materials, as well.  Today’s offering is a fabric texture, incorporating patterns and colors in the mix.

366-03 – Fabric

I chose one of my wooden carousel horse images to enhance using today’s texture.  While I really love the original image, I found myself bothered by the smoothness of the background in relation to the weathering on the horse.  I didn’t want to rough up the background TOO much, tho;  I felt that would make the image too busy and without focus for the viewer.  I took one square of the Texture and cropped to that, then created a pattern using that cropped image (I’m behind the times, still using Adobe CS3).  That newly created pattern is what I used for the texture overlay, erasing it from over the horse itself.  My suspicions proved true – just the overlay made that background really fight with the wooden horse for capturing my eye!    Taking the opacity down on the overlay layer to just 19% solved that problem for me and gave me a resulting image that I really like! 

I hope you will post links to projects where YOU have used this 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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