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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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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 18: 366-18 Rug

The kennel offered so many differing textures this day, I didn’t have to roam far to get a slew of new images for my library!  This rich blue rug was hanging after a fresh wash and caught my eye:  not just for the color (one of my favorites) but because of the great texture to the image.  I can almost feel the plush nubs just by looking at it.

Texture 366-18 Rug

Maybe it was the beautiful blue color, but my first instinct was to pull up my images from my recent outing to Imperial Beach, CA with one of my photo meetup groups (check out Meetup.com – it’s full of great interest-based communities!).  I chose a ho-hum original image to see what I could do if I spent a little time playing with it.  I duplicated the original layer and then stayed on the original layer to play with the levels settings to lighten up the child.  On the duplicate layer, I erased over the child to allow the lightened image to show through.  Then I layered (using the overlay option) today’s free texture of the blue rug, and erased it everywhere except over the waves, and lowered the opacity a bit.  Before the layer, the white of the waves and the lightened child just made the full photo too “blah” and monotone.  With the layer, I like how the final image looks much better – it helps guide the eyes to the girl frolicking on the beach.

Thank you for taking the time to follow, comment, and/or subscribe.  It’s nice to know that folks are able to make use of my offerings here!  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 9: 366-09 Wooden Boat

Welcome Back!  Today’s Texture comes from the nifty folks at HardwareHeaven.com.  This is a beautiful detail of the side of a wooden boat – gorgeous!

Texture 366-09 Wooden Boat

Not only did the creative minds at Hardware Heaven give out this fab texture, they created a neat (easy to follow) tutorial on using it to create a nifty sepia-toned final result.  You can find their tute online by clicking here.  I chose an image of Stoney the Irish Terrier to use while I followed their directions and below you can see the original image and the final result.  I’m liking this one!

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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Jan 8: 366-08 Old Paper

I have a wonderful old paper design that I worked up from scratch and used in an ad for a Dalmatian and his owner.  But what if you didn’t want to go to all that trouble for a similar effect?  Nick at The Digital Yard Sale has the perfect answer:  use his Old Paper Texture, pictured here:

Texture 366-08 Old Paper

Nick shows us in this YouTube video how he used this texture to distress his logo for an older “photo in the pocket” type of look.  I used most of his tutorial, with a couple of changes, for my final example.  I decided to use a photo I took of GCH Caran’s Days of Future Passed (call name Zion) that I took while he was in the ring at the 2011 Santa Ana Kennel Club All Breed Show.  His registered name reminds me of time passing – which for a photo makes me think of an older photo, distressed over time (his name also reminds me of The Moody Blues, but I didn’t find any inspiration from the corresponding album cover … ).  Here is the original photo and my final result.  Not sure if I’m happy with my choices in fonts, but this will do for an example of using the texture.

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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Jan 6: 366-06 Bokah

One of my favorite textures is Bokah (light designs in the out of focus range of the camera lens).  I love capturing it in my photos and using it in post-processing.  This texture is complements of flickr member laughlinc

Texture 366-06 Bokah

For using this texture, I opened a photo of an unidentified Standard Schnauzer waiting at bench during the 2011 Great Western Terrier Show in Long Beach.  I love taking a photo over the shoulder of a pet, to get a glimpse of what they might be looking at.  They often turn into favorite pet loss sympathy cards for my Greeting Card Universe shop.  In using today’s texture, I went with the Multiply Mode (instead of the Overlay that I’ve been using in previous examples).  The fine folks over that The Digital Photography School have an easy-to-follow tutorial, using this same texture.  Here is my final result, before (left) and after (right):
 
 
Do you have a different method of using textures, instead of just the Overlay Mode?  Let us know in the comments section.  Feel free to also 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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