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Feb 10: 366-37 Shadowhouse Jan #1-8

Last month I introduced you to Jerry Jones of Shadowhouse Creations.  While I was there, I downloaded his January Texture Sets (set 1 and set 2). For today’s texture use example I chose his texure #8 from set #1.  This looked like it would give a pretty nice effect to finish off a romantic soft look to Bridgette’s Valentine portrait.  You can download Jerry’s January Sets here.

I used the texture as a straight overlay, masking off the area of the Labrador Retriever (except for the edge details).  I am enjoying the embossed look it gives!  The slight detail in the center of the texture give just a hint of attraction to the otherwise plain backdrop behind the dog.  Here is a side-by-side before/after comparison for you:

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 6: 366-33 Wicked Game You Play

I keep going back to SmokoStock’s texture gallery – they are so beautiful, and the final results can be so varied.  Love that!  Here’s a hint for you – sign up for a free Deviant Art account and you will see Smoko’s FULL gallery, not just the teasers you saw yesterday.  I could play here all month!  For today, I used his “Wicked Game You Play” texture (I am not linking to it here, as it is one of the ones that you have to sign up to see, and I am respecting how he has it set up).

Yesterday was a photo shoot at Best In Show, a popular grooming shop in San Diego, California.  It was a fundraiser for the National Canine Cancer Foundation, through the Smile For A Cure program.  I am honored to be a participating photographer for this great cause.  Daphne the Chihuahua was one of our hostesses’ (her parents own the shop) and she was nice enough to pose for me while I double checked my exposures and light setups before the clients were due to show up.  She had such an inquisitive look on her face, almost like she was studying what I was doing so she could run the next fundraiser!  Here are my before/after looks at Daphne, using “Wicked Game You Play”  from SmokoStock.

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 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 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 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 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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Jan 23: 366-23 Tree Trunk

I was fascinated by the tree trunks at the Canyon RV Park.  This one is from the same outing during the Earthdog Trials in Anaheim, October 2011.  I love so much about this one – the smoothness, the texture, the color:  it all works together for me, opening up a world of possibilities for it’s use as a texture overlay in Photoshop (or whichever graphics program you use for your creations).

Texture 366-23 Tree Trunk

In using this image, I chose a cute Dachshund from the same event, relaxing on his mom’s lap before his wild run to ground after the rat scent.  I used a soft light at 60% opacity this time.  I think I like how it added just a schootch (technical term, y’know) more interest to the background behind the Doxie’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 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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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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