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Jan 25: 366-25 You’d Be Surprised from Jerry Jones

Today’s texture comes to us compliments of Jerry Jones at Shadow House Creations.  His blog post on April 29, 2011 shows how he used this seemingly dark and dirty texture to add just a suggestion of difference to his bright, airy photos.  If I didn’t play with the textures (and/or see how others are using them) I certainly would have never guessed Jerry could get the results he did!  Per Jerry’s Rule of Use I am not posting the texture file here – go to his Blog Post to read about and grab the texture.

As much as I wanted to search thru my files and find a nice bright white airy image (like Jerry used) I instead pulled up an image of Jade, a sweet and beautiful Himalayan cat who lives with Don’s sister in Tacoma, Washington.  This image isn’t in my usual style to begin with.  I took the photo long before I “went RAW” (hint to my photographer readers:  DO IT!) and with this particular exposure my only choice was a softer look.  I decided to make it one of my digital artworks and really liked the soft, artistic result I achieved.  This texture added just the final touch (as an overly, 100%) to the background for me.  Thanks, Jerry!  Original on the left, improved with the texture on the right:

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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366-16: Bird Seed

Yep, bird seed!  Petey the Cockatiel shared his feed with me for this texture shot.  Grab it and have some fun!

Texture 366-16 Bird Seed

I’m not feeling particularly creative today, so my example isn’t likely one to get you excited over using this one … however, before I removed it from over the man’s face in my image, I noticed that fiddling with the opacity gave a pretty cool reptilian feel to his skin – I bet some of my awesome readers can come up with a wow! photo from the seed image!  For my example, I’m playing around, looking for something to use to help keep Indie the Cocker Spaniel (and the man’s hand) from blending so much into the concrete pavement behind her.  This texture does just that.  If I was feeling particularly into the image, I’d also skew the texture overlay so the feed would mirror the perspective on the image for a truer 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!
Peggy at DogBreedz.net and the DogBreedz Blog
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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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366-01 The Wall

Forget Pink Floyd – I have a Wall all my own.  This is my all-time favorite, go-to texture and I’m kicking off the 366 Texture project by sharing this special one with you!  Here is the Texture, #366-01

366-01 Texture

366-01 Texture - The Wall

 
I’ve used this one numerous times.  Here is a before (left) and after (right) of a photo I’ve applied it to.  The smiling face is Ricky, an English Springer Spaniel. 
 
I hope you will post links to projects where YOU have used this texture.  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.  If I set this up correctly, you should be able to 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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