Tag Archives: how to use textures

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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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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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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Jan 14: 366-14 Rock

Here’s a pretty versatile texture for you: a rock or stone texture.  Grab it then see how I used it – and read on for a bonus trick too!

Texture 366-14 Rock

I can see so many uses for this one!  Here is one image I applied it to.  A hawk visited in the back of the kennel one day.  Not so much visited, as hunted … a poor sparrow was doing his best to dodge Mr. Hawk in and out of the fencing that was recently delivered but not yet installed.  You can rest easy … the sparrow lived through the ordeal!  Back to today’s lesson … I applied the texture as a straight overlay over my hawk photo.  And if you’ve been following the daily tutorials, you know that you can bring your subject out from behind the texture in one of two ways.  You can (1) just use a soft-edged eraser and erase the texture, allowing your subject to come through or you can (2) apply a mask to your texture area, then paint with BLACK (using a soft-edged brush) over the area you want to come thru without the texture effect.   I REALLY like the final effect on this!  It helps hide the fence in the background and adds a lot of interest to the negative space.  I even don’t mind the blown out highlights from the harsh back/leftside lighting on Mr. Hawk now. Go on, give it a try!  Here is my before/after image for comparison:

Now for that way-cool-nifty-whoa! bonus that I promised you.  I created that rock wall from scratch, right in Photoshop!  I woke up today not even knowing such a thing was possible and the guys over at River City Graphix taught me how in no time flat.  Now, if I can do it, certainly YOU can do it too!  And I learned commands/effects/things to do that I know I will be using in other ways as I spread my own creative wings and soar.  Here’s the tutorial from River City Graphix:

Please do post links to how you made use of this tutorial – we wanna see how your used my rock texture, or the ones that you made from scratch yourself!   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 and DogBreedz Blog

 

 

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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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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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