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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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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 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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