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Feb 7: 366-34 Worn Love

Back in January, I introduced you to the Valentine Grunge Texture Set from Rita at The Coffee Shop Blog.  I revisited the set for today’s texture tutorial and this time I used Worn Love.  It seemed like the perfect finishing touch for this portrait of Bennett the Cocker Spaniel, waiting to give you his heart for Valentine’s Day.  And yes, I’m practicing what I preach and now using a layer mask to erase the texture from parts of the image … I am digging the extra control it gives – if I “erase” too much by painting with black, I can “unerase” places by painting with white – nice!

Please do post links to projects where YOU have used a SmokoStock 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 4: 366-32 How Deep is Your Love

Welcome back!  Yesterday I introduced you to pet photographer Melissa McCabe who in turn had turned us on to some nifty texture resources.  For today I visited SmokoStock at Deviant Art and found some wonderful textures  (broken record reminder:  read his terms of use and abide by them, please – honoring an artists requests for what is free and what should be paid for ensures that many will continue to be so very generous with their free usages)!  You can find all of SmokoStock’s textures here:  http://smoko-stock.deviantart.com/gallery/ .  My eyes were immediately drawn to his “How Deep Is Your Love” texture.  The colors, the texture, all of it!  Since my own fur-kids have musical names, I decided to make a poster celebrating my baby boy Bennett, playing with all that we’ve learned so far on this blog in 2012.

I hope you’ll share what you come up with!  Please do post links to projects where YOU have used a SmokoStock 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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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 27: 366-27 Divine Grunge DBz

Oh the things I am learning as I search for more to bring to YOU!  Royanna at Divine Digital has a video about creating a digital scrap-booking paper from scratch.  Take a look for yourself at what she does:

I’m willing to bet you will have so much fun following along and creating your own!  But just in case you aren’t quite ready yet to start completely from scratch yourself, here’s the texture that I created, using Royanna for inspiration.  I’m calling this one “Divine Grunge DBz”

Texture 366-27 Divine Grunge DBz

I started this with a royal blue base and my first overlay was a photo I took a couple of days ago, of a water about to boil on my stove top.  Then I popped over to Graphic Mania and took a look through 15 Old Paper Textures that are being offered up by Rafiq Elmansy (thank you, Rafiq!).  I used numbers 00, 07, 12 (and duplicated 12) and 13 (for Old Paper Texture #13, I burned in on the edges a bit first for more edge definition before applying it).  I followed Royanna’s lead and just started PLAYING with each texture layer – and I’m pretty pleased with my result – what do you think?

For my before/after example, I was inspired by my anger to create this poster.  In Iowa this week, a woman was arrested for hoarding MY breed (Cocker Spaniels).  In 2009 something similar happened in Texas.  I have had the honor of being able to photograph some of the dogs adopted after the Texas incident, and Buddy is the perfect poster child, I think you’ll agree.  I applied the Divine Grunge DBz texture as a color dodge for this striking effect.

If the message is one that you’d like to share, please feel free to take the following image – post it, share it, print it – spread the word!  I only ask that you leave my (c) info intact and that you don’t sell the image.

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 26: 366-26 Grunge Love from the Coffee Shop Blog

Rita is the mastermind behind The Coffee Shop Blog.  She and I have never met, but I hope someday to be able to let her know just how influential she has been in my growth as a designer.  I stumbled upon her blog one day a few years ago, and a whole new world popped open right in front of me!  For today’s texture I spent some time playing on her site and came across just the thing to share with you folks:  her set of 5 Valentine Textures, free for the taking.  Instead of showing a preview here of the actual texture, I’ll just do the friendly thing and direct you over to her Blog Post from January 2009 so you can read about this fab set from her point of view.  I’ve never been disappointed with my goodies from Rita (and her sister Heather) and this set is as stellar as everything else!

I decided to pull up a recent image of Spenser the Cocker Spaniel (an American Cocker Spaniel, for all my readers who live outside the USA).  This isn’t Spenser’s first visit to my set, he’s a regular poser for me.  In fact, I first met him when he was only 6 months old and being relinquished to the local Cocker Spaniel Rescue when his human dad lost his job and had to move back home.  Spense found a great new home, has since become a Therapy Dog, and is still the lovable goofball I first met all those years back!  I chose this image because of the pristine blown out background behind the dog – I was curious to know what Grunge Love would look like.  I used an overlay mode at full opacity, and changed the light level to noticeably bring out the texture.  Here’s my before (left) and after (right).  Spenser is now ready to steal your heart away this Thanksgiving!

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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366-16: 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 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 5: 366-05 Sunflower

On my last trip to New Jersey,  I caught some great sunflower images.   This texture is cropped from one of my close-ups. 

Texture 366-05 Sunflower

Finding a photo from my files to use for this one was a bit challenging!  Here is the before and after I ended up with (truth be told, I like the before photo better – but I wanted to illustrate the use of the Sunflower in some way).  I chose this photo to give the background over the Cocker Spaniel a bit of a funky look, to illustrate how a morning hangover might feel : )-.  I changed the hue and lowered the opacity of the final overlay to complement the image a bit more than the original file.
I’m curious to know – what graphics program do YOU use?  I edit/create in Photoshop CS3.  Share your choice of programs in the comments section!  Also, 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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