Tag Archives: free texture

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 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 22: 366-22 Tree Bark

In October I joined some friends for the Earth Dog Trials at Canyon RV Park in Anaheim.  I had a blast – even before I got to the dogs, I was taking pix.  I don’t know what variety of tree this is, but I loved the rough texture of the bark.  Have fun playing with this one!

Texture 366-22 Tree Bark

A photo that never made the cut for me came to mind (yes I keep some of my junk images – they come in handy during times like this).  Another (yawn)inspiring photo – a beautiful succulent clipping from the garden, photographed with natural light on a dark backdrop.  When I used this Tree Bark Texture (did I mention you can have this for free?) at 70% soft light, it gave a pretty neat effect … almost like I was out in the woods, taking the photo.  I won’t bring up the fact that succulent plants don’t grow in the woods …

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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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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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 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 12: 366-12 Paper

Oooh!  I am SO excited about today’s texture and tutorial – so very cool!  To start – here’s my free texture for you (and then on to the directions on how to do something similar yourself).  Here’s another Paper Texture to add to your growing collection:

 

Texture 366-12 Paper

I just LOVE how this turned out!  This is built upon the Paper Texture that was offered to you in my January 8 blog post.  On top of it I used a photo I had on file of a wonderful field of sunflowers that I came across while driving across North Dakota in 2010 (actually – the whole darned state seemed to be nothing but sunflower fields – miles and miles of them – amazing).  Jay Hilgert over at BittBox.com put up this tutorial … it’s so easy to follow and INCREDIBLY AWESOME to boot!  Take a look at it, located at http://www.bittbox.com/photoshop/photoshop-101-how-i-do-it-unique-texture-without-using-brushes .  I will caution you on one thing however … Jay mentions crawling the ‘Net for a cool-looking nebula photo.  PLEASE – if you do this, be sure that the image you lift is one that has given you permission to do that lifting!  Otherwise you are stealing and that is so incredibly NOT cool …   Back to today’s lesson, here is a cutie Dalmatian pup that I used to illustrate using this texturized image as a background.

Please do post links to how you made use of this tutorial – whether you use my new texture image or create your own.  We wanna see them!   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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Jan 11: 366-11 Wood

So, you are a graphic artist, not a photographer.  What do you do to get a realistic wooden texture?  The peeps at Inside Graphics have the answer:  create your own!   Here’s my offering, created while following their directions (with just a couple of variations):

Texture366-11 Wood

Here’s a close-up detail of the texture in my wood design (but the image above is the one that you’ll want to download, should you decide to give it a try):

Close Up Detail of Wood Texture above

I followed the InsideGraphic.com tutorial (you can find it by clicking here) with just a couple of variations.  I created my initial canvas at 300 DPI (instead of the 72 that they used).  My motion blur was set at a distance of 40.  At the end, I added a Sharpen More to pull out the texture just a bit more.   I opened up a lovely Whippet friend from my files that was already extracted from a busy background to show how you can change the look of a photo by changing the backdrop:

It’s not a polished, finished image, but it does illustrate what a different background can offer.  And now you know how to make your OWN wood texture, to boot!

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!

 

 

 

 

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