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Feb 14: 366-38 Combining Textures

Today’s textures are three more from Jerry at Shadowhouse Creations.  He has so many to choose from, it’s easy to go wild with his collections!  I chose to use Beneath the Surface #1, Beneath the Surface #2 and Bluetopia  (note:  If you’d rather use Matt’s textures, he offers a set of 37 for sale on his web site).  And then I followed along (mostly) with this super video tutorial from Matt Nicolosi who is generous enough to share some of his knowledge with others.  Sit back, watch, and likely learn a new trick or two, right along with me:

I learned so many things – big and little – thanks to Matt!  I hadn’t even noticed the check box for “Show Transform Controls” – and yet I had been wishing for a quicker way to get to Edit/Transform/Scale.  Bingo!  The Opacity Slider – I didn’t realize it would come right up just by clicking on the word “opacity” – nice shortcut!  And his neat trick for erasing/masking a texture without losing the color/saturation of the texture … loving it!

Here is what I did with the tools on hand today:  Opened my original of Salsa the Border Terrier.  She was strutting the cat-walk (dog-walk?) recently in her Valentine Bling – diamonds and pearls, anyone?  The original image of her had the color saturation lowered, to give just a hint of color to the final photo;  I was aiming for more of a nostalgic look.  Maybe she was channeling her great-great-aunt Ida for this portrait?  With today’s tools, I think I came much closer to my intended feel!  I first used Beneath the Surface #2 and used the layer style of Lighter Color, with opacity set (cool slider – whee!) at 64%.  I used the mask/painting with black version to bring Salsa back into the image without texture over her smiling dog face.  Here’s a masking tip for you:  I start by using the black with broader strokes, and paint over the edges.  Then I go back with the white paint and a smaller brush and use more control in bringing the mask TO the edges fro a more finished look.  I also be sure to use short strokes, releasing the mouse often.  This way if I have to go in for a do-over (undo), then my last step is just a little fix, instead of the whole enchilada.  My second texture applied was Beneath the Surface #1, but I rotated it 180 degrees first – since it is a variation on the first texture used, I wanted the images to be more different from one another.  This one I used as an Overlay style and only lowered to 82%.  Salsa the dog was brought back with my regular masking method.  The look is almost complete for me!  BUT … the pearls are too crisp and white and new looking, compared to the rest of the portrait.  So, on to my final layer – Bluetopia.  I masked it out of all the image except for over the pearls.  Then I made sure I clicked on the Bluetopia layer (and not the Bluetopia mask) and I used the new technique introduced by Matt to remove the texture but not the colors/saturation.  Everything is ALMOST perfect for me now!  I went back to BTS#1 and BTS#2 and added a 10Radius Gaussian Blur to both textures.  Then I went back to the Bluetopia layer mask, picked up my white paint brush (a nice large soft-edged brush, at 25% opacity) and added back some of that texture to the corners and edges of the image.  Whew – that sounds like a lot – but what a great image I ended up with!

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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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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Feb 2: 366-30 The Rose

Valentine’s is around the corner and love is in the air!  I have a lovely oversize rose prop that I’ve been using this year on the studio set.  With this being February, it seemed fitting that it would make an appropriate texture to offer you.

Texture 366:30 The Rose

Now, if you’ve been following along this past month, or you’ve been experimenting yourself, you know that the results of using a texture can have a drastically different feel from the original texture itself.  While the Rose may say “Valentine!” the way I chose to use it says something more like “funky!” or “surreal!”.I opened up a scenic that I took while hiking Mount Ranier in 2008 and cropped it to just a tree top.  The original crop is on the left, below.  With a layer of The Rose texture, setting the layer property to Exclusive, I adjusted the fill to 70% and the saturation of the texture layer to +90 and definitely achieved a completely different 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 – 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 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 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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366-02 Tree Trunk

I’m looking forward to seeing how YOU use these textures – I know I have a lot to learn still and I have a feeling that your work will inspire me to even greater heights!  Today’s texture is a tree trunk.  I’m not sure what variety of tree this is – but I loved the look of it.

366-02 Texture – TreeTrunk
Here is a very simple use of this texture.  A formal looking portrait of a Scottish Terrier (black on black) has a bit more of interest when the background is slightly “grunged up” with an overlay of Texture 366-02.
 
I hope you will post links to projects where YOU have used this texture.  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.  If I set this up correctly, you should be able to 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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