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Feb 8: 366-35 Polaroid Grunge

On February 3 I invited you to come along while I visited Leslie Nicole’s world at French Kiss Textures.  I knew I’d be playing over there again (many, many “agains” are in my future, I do believe!) and boy was it fun!  She has a tutorial on using transparent overlays in Photoshop.  If you use Photoshop, follow along – if you use a different program, take a couple of minutes to watch it anyway … you might be able to figure out how to do this in your graphics program.  At the very least, the tutorial will show you something that might be new, opening up future possibilities to you as you learn and grow.  I learned 4 new things before I stopped counting – just from this one 4 minute video!  (1) how to automatically resize my overlay to fit my original image (totally cool – precise and such a time-saver);  (2) how to auto-center my overlay in relation to my original image; (3) how to use a transparent overlay and (4) a new place to click in my layers menu that I hadn’t known about.

Here is the Polaroid Grunge transparent overlay that I used in this example.  Compliments of 640 Pixels and created by Andrea Rascaglia of Rome, Italy (Andrea’s email is andrearusky@hotmail.com).  Check out my link to 640 Pixels for four other photo edge overlays in this set.  I used image #5, and removed the white border, making it transparent everywhere except for the black.

Texture 366-35 Polaroid Grunge

Now, on to French Kiss Textures tutorial:  Using Transparent Overlays in Photoshop.

I chose an action shot of Australian Shepherd Gulfstream’s Sutter Home UD, RA from the recent Orange Classic obedience trial hosted by the Orange Empire Dog Club in San Bernardino.  When I capture a dog jumping an obstacle, I like to include a part of the jump – but sometimes (like in this example) it throws in too much negative space for my liking.  With the Polaroid Grunge Texture photo edge along with this boy’s registered name and date of show, I think everything starts to pull together nicely.  I also used the Dreamy Processing artistic filter sequence to blur out the distractions of the background before following along with Leslie’s video tutorial.

Please do post links to projects where YOU have used this transparent texture overlay 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: 366-32 Saffron Fields

I am very excited about this texture and tutorial!  Melissa McCabe is an accomplished pet photographer and digital artist located in Victoria, British Columbia.  You can visit her web site by clicking HERE.  You won’t be disappointed by her offerings!  She participates in a Friday blog roll project (Project 52) of which I am also a member.  With her blog post today, she pointed her readers to some great resources, including a site called French Kiss Textures … chock full of textures, tutorials and inspirations.  I feel like a kid in a candy store!  I decided to begin at French Kiss at … The Beginning.  Leslie Nicole is the artist/designer behind all the goodies at French Kiss Textures, and she points her new subscribers to her Quick Start Texture Tutorial.  It looked like a good place to start.  Leslie’s tutorial is another artist’s take on the first tutorial I offered my blog readers (check out my About 366 Textures tab at the top of this blog).  It never hurts to revisit basics, and I have a feeling that I’ll be visiting French Kiss – A LOT – and knowing how Leslie suggests we start our explorations might help me (and us) get the most out of what we learn over there.  For me, this just reinforces that I have GOT to stop being lazy and start using layer masks (instead of my eraser tool)!!

Since we are following Leslie’s Quick Start Texture Tutorial, I won’t duplicate her files here (it’s redundant and it’s rude to not direct you directly to her Tutorial).  She offers both her Texture and the floral image full size for you to download.  Be sure to read her copyright info at the bottom of the tute page … the floral has some basic restrictions on it, but the texture – the MEAT of the downloads – is available for you to use personally and commercially with standard restrictions.  Read, use, and enjoy!

After practicing on the files Leslie offers in her French Kiss Texture Quick Start Tutorial, I applied her texture (and her methods) to a photo of Ghen Ghen the Pug, who had a Valentine sitting with me.  I think this Saffron Fields Texture works wonderfully with Ghennie’s smile  – and her pink pearls!

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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