Category Archives: Walls

Feb 9: 366-36 Jaded Reality #13

I’ve been a regular visitor to Deviant Art for a few years now, but haven’t really dove in deep until recently.  There is a lot of talent there, and inspiration abounds.  Each artist is amazing in his/her own right.  I make a point to read all TOU (terms of use) as some of the creative minds allow full spectrum at no charge, others are particular about private vs commercial use and still others require a small fee for commercial usage.  I appreciate each and every one, and honor their individual terms.  And when I can, I send a small (monetary) thank you to the ones that don’t require it – a donation here and there honoring the generosity of terms is very appreciated by anyone who puts themselves out there artistically.

Today’s texture is from an artist at Deviant Art:  Jaded Reality (aka Ashley) with an additional overlay of my personal favorite, The Wall (January 1, 2012).  I used Ashley’s Texture #13 as an overlay at 40% opacity (and used my new resizing/centering tricks learned earlier this week) and my The Wall texture at 100% opacity as a texture overlay, lightening the level to +80.  Of course, a layer mask, painting with black, was used to keep the texture from hiding the beautiful cat model, Beth (remember, if any of these steps don’t make sense to you, go back to January 1, 2012 and start reading thru the posts  – each one builds a little more on steps learned in previous posts.  This is a year of learning our Textures and all the ways to use them).  The double layers, the lowered opacity and the lighter top texture layer add to richness of the photo for me.  In spite of ALL the textures going on in the image itself, I don’t feel this overpowers the final product.  What do you think?

Please do post links to projects where you have used this 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 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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Feb 3: 366-31 Stone Wall

One of the things I appreciate about learning a new skill in my photo editing program is the “spill-over” into other skills.  I haven’t yet gotten uber-creative and used a texture ON a subject I’m photographing (something to aspire to!).  So far I’ve been using them to enhance backgrounds or to turn a photo into a digital art rendering.  Today’s texture is no different – but as I was using it, I realized that I am learning skills that could easily be used to drop a digital background into an image – that is essentially what I’ve been doing with my texturizing of backgrounds.  Neat!  That is something I’ve been curious about … so when I do start looking at that, I’ll have some strong skills and some working knowledge to help me out.  On to today … when in San Bernardino recently for a dog show, I found a perfect bridge for another project I’m working on (Project 52 … check it out on my photo blog!).  Before I added the dog to the photo I took quite a few pix of the setting itself to play with lighting, angles, possibilities (it’s all about taking advantage of the possibilities – in photography and in life – and doing something wonderful with them!).  The stone pillar on the bridge held an attraction for me, so I thought I’d share it with you as a daily texture.

Texture 366-31 Stone Wall

In using this one, I opened a photo of Norman the Border Terrier who sat for me at the English Springer Spaniel Rescue portrait booth in Pleasanton, CA last October.  He is very regal, serious about portraying the breed in his photos.  Of course, once the serious shots were done, he gave us his best goofy faces, too.  I chose one of his classic portraits for this example.  The Stone Wall texture was added as a layer, with the layer style set at luminosity (remember I use a large soft-edged brush to erase the texture from over my subject, allowing it to show thru clearly).  I played a bit with the hue /saturation/lightness of the texture layer, to make it a little deeper and darker, more of a background look and not such a fight for the eye with Norman.  The lighting on the texture was flatter than the lighting on the dog, so I added a spotlight light effect and liked it.  There was still just *something* missing for me, and then I realized what it was:  I wanted a bit more of a depth of field look to the final image, so I put a slight gaussian blur on the texture layer (radius 5) and here is the result:

Do you have a favorite resource for textures or tutorials on using textures that you’d care to share?  As you can see, there are SO many ways to use them – I could put the same texture in the hands of 5 different graphic artists, with the same starting image, and we’d get 5 completely different end results.  So share away!

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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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 24: 366-24 Wall

Still diggin’ the textures that popped up around me during the Earthdog trial in October.  This was a nifty wall that made a wonderful background when I photographed Salsa the Border Terrier earlier in the day.  If it made a cool looking background for an actual out-of-the-camera shot, what sorts of imaginative uses could my Texture Blog Followers come up with if I turned it into a stand-alone texture?  Grab it, and let’s see!

Texture 366-24 Wall

Even tho how it looked with Salsa made me want to turn it into a texture, my ol’ brain thought back to an image I took almost a year ago of ASCOB Cocker Spaniel Sully (GCH Nickleby’s Hero On The Hudson) during the Cocker Spaniel Club of San Diego specialty show in 2011.  This is such a handsome boy!  The image is a bit grainy (bad lighting, indoors, and I choose to not use flash when ringside at dog shows), but it’s still one of my favorites of Sully.  In fact, I’m happy to say, that this original image inspired Polly Bennett – a very talented artist – to paint a beautiful watercolor (check out Polly’s Portraits online).  So, back to the Texture (even tho telling the stories is fun for me) … I took out Sully’s show lead and used the Wall texture as an overlay at 60% opacity.  I used the eraser brush (large, soft-edged) at 100% to bring the Cocker back out, and used an even larger brush at 25% over the very foreground to help keep some of the lovely perspective on the show flooring.  What do you think of the final result?

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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366-17 Stucco

Another day of experimenting with some of the techniques and methods previously introduced.  And to help you out – here is a stucco wall, with intentionally uneven lighting effects.  Remember – you don’t have to use the full frame to add to a layer of your original image – use your transform tool and resize/move the texture layer until you get the effects you want added to your image – so MANY possibilities!  I LOVE LOVE LOVE stucco walls … their look can change with just a slight switch in lighting angles and there are so many different looks from wall to wall, depending on the knockdown (depth) used and the person doing the application.  The art of construction (grin)!

Texture 366-17 Stucco

I hope you aren’t getting bored with my pet portraits as examples – since I’m a pet photographer, those photos make up the bulk of my image library!  This handsome wirehaired Dachshund presented a charming head study against the black backdrop.  But when I textured up the ‘drop with my 366-17 Stucco (I used VIVID rather than OVERLAY this time), I really loved the juxtaposition of the two contrasting textures – to my eyes, this is a lovely improvement.

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 14: 366-14 Rock

Here’s a pretty versatile texture for you: a rock or stone texture.  Grab it then see how I used it – and read on for a bonus trick too!

Texture 366-14 Rock

I can see so many uses for this one!  Here is one image I applied it to.  A hawk visited in the back of the kennel one day.  Not so much visited, as hunted … a poor sparrow was doing his best to dodge Mr. Hawk in and out of the fencing that was recently delivered but not yet installed.  You can rest easy … the sparrow lived through the ordeal!  Back to today’s lesson … I applied the texture as a straight overlay over my hawk photo.  And if you’ve been following the daily tutorials, you know that you can bring your subject out from behind the texture in one of two ways.  You can (1) just use a soft-edged eraser and erase the texture, allowing your subject to come through or you can (2) apply a mask to your texture area, then paint with BLACK (using a soft-edged brush) over the area you want to come thru without the texture effect.   I REALLY like the final effect on this!  It helps hide the fence in the background and adds a lot of interest to the negative space.  I even don’t mind the blown out highlights from the harsh back/leftside lighting on Mr. Hawk now. Go on, give it a try!  Here is my before/after image for comparison:

Now for that way-cool-nifty-whoa! bonus that I promised you.  I created that rock wall from scratch, right in Photoshop!  I woke up today not even knowing such a thing was possible and the guys over at River City Graphix taught me how in no time flat.  Now, if I can do it, certainly YOU can do it too!  And I learned commands/effects/things to do that I know I will be using in other ways as I spread my own creative wings and soar.  Here’s the tutorial from River City Graphix:

Please do post links to how you made use of this tutorial – we wanna see how your used my rock texture, or the ones that you made from scratch yourself!   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 and DogBreedz Blog

 

 

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Jan 4: 366-04 Stone Wall

Textures can be used in so many different ways – the sky is the limit!  Today’s texture is a wonderful stone wall that I came across while shooting photos at a dog agility trial.

To illustrate for today, I decided to show you how textures can make text even more expressive.  I used the font IMPACT (commercial license, purchased from Fonts.com).  You can see how flat and boring it looks all by itself, even with the different font sizes for variety and a stroke to help separate it from the background.  After adding a shadow of the text and an overlay of the Stone Wall texture #366-04, you can see it has more impact – the text not only says “stone” … it LOOKS stone, too!  Note:  if I were to use this in a project, I’d finish it up a bit more by making the text more 3D and distressing the shadow text a bit.  But for this purpose, here is the before and after:

Feel free to comment and 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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