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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 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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Feb 4: 366-32 How Deep is Your Love

Welcome back!  Yesterday I introduced you to pet photographer Melissa McCabe who in turn had turned us on to some nifty texture resources.  For today I visited SmokoStock at Deviant Art and found some wonderful textures  (broken record reminder:  read his terms of use and abide by them, please – honoring an artists requests for what is free and what should be paid for ensures that many will continue to be so very generous with their free usages)!  You can find all of SmokoStock’s textures here:  http://smoko-stock.deviantart.com/gallery/ .  My eyes were immediately drawn to his “How Deep Is Your Love” texture.  The colors, the texture, all of it!  Since my own fur-kids have musical names, I decided to make a poster celebrating my baby boy Bennett, playing with all that we’ve learned so far on this blog in 2012.

I hope you’ll share what you come up with!  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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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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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 31: 366-28 Splotch

Yoo Hoo … here I am, over here!  I’ve been MIA for a couple of days while my laptop went wonky on me (a battery doing it’s darndest to overheat, and a smart laptop powering down to avoid major catastrophe in my life).  I’ll be making those lost posts up to you, however – we’ll be ending this year with the intended 366 posts and textures for you – never fear!

Today’s texture is homemade by yours truly, as I followed along with a tutorial from epragt@hotmail.com.  His tute is online at http://home.zonnet.nl/epragt/tutorials/photoshop/texture/gold/index.jsp.htm and is about making a delicate gold texture.  I swear I followed his steps – maybe my start colors were off from his?  Mine wasn’t looking too delicate, so I splotched it up a bit more than he does and decided that made a good name for this one:  Splotch.  Here is my offering to you for today:

Texture 366-28 Splotch

I had recently opened images from a shoot I did with a good-looking Scottish Terrier, so an image of Shelly (the dog) was fresh in my mind.  I grabbed it and layered this texture over it, with a luminosity choice from the layers drop-down menu.  With the opacity lowered to 40%, this gave a look that I liked.  I finished the effect with my burn tool around the edges to give more of a spot-light feel behind the Scottie’s head.

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 27: 366-27 Divine Grunge DBz

Oh the things I am learning as I search for more to bring to YOU!  Royanna at Divine Digital has a video about creating a digital scrap-booking paper from scratch.  Take a look for yourself at what she does:

I’m willing to bet you will have so much fun following along and creating your own!  But just in case you aren’t quite ready yet to start completely from scratch yourself, here’s the texture that I created, using Royanna for inspiration.  I’m calling this one “Divine Grunge DBz”

Texture 366-27 Divine Grunge DBz

I started this with a royal blue base and my first overlay was a photo I took a couple of days ago, of a water about to boil on my stove top.  Then I popped over to Graphic Mania and took a look through 15 Old Paper Textures that are being offered up by Rafiq Elmansy (thank you, Rafiq!).  I used numbers 00, 07, 12 (and duplicated 12) and 13 (for Old Paper Texture #13, I burned in on the edges a bit first for more edge definition before applying it).  I followed Royanna’s lead and just started PLAYING with each texture layer – and I’m pretty pleased with my result – what do you think?

For my before/after example, I was inspired by my anger to create this poster.  In Iowa this week, a woman was arrested for hoarding MY breed (Cocker Spaniels).  In 2009 something similar happened in Texas.  I have had the honor of being able to photograph some of the dogs adopted after the Texas incident, and Buddy is the perfect poster child, I think you’ll agree.  I applied the Divine Grunge DBz texture as a color dodge for this striking effect.

If the message is one that you’d like to share, please feel free to take the following image – post it, share it, print it – spread the word!  I only ask that you leave my (c) info intact and that you don’t sell the image.

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 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 24: 366-24 Wall

Still diggin’ the textures that popped up around me during the Earthdog trial in October.  This was a nifty wall that made a wonderful background when I photographed Salsa the Border Terrier earlier in the day.  If it made a cool looking background for an actual out-of-the-camera shot, what sorts of imaginative uses could my Texture Blog Followers come up with if I turned it into a stand-alone texture?  Grab it, and let’s see!

Texture 366-24 Wall

Even tho how it looked with Salsa made me want to turn it into a texture, my ol’ brain thought back to an image I took almost a year ago of ASCOB Cocker Spaniel Sully (GCH Nickleby’s Hero On The Hudson) during the Cocker Spaniel Club of San Diego specialty show in 2011.  This is such a handsome boy!  The image is a bit grainy (bad lighting, indoors, and I choose to not use flash when ringside at dog shows), but it’s still one of my favorites of Sully.  In fact, I’m happy to say, that this original image inspired Polly Bennett – a very talented artist – to paint a beautiful watercolor (check out Polly’s Portraits online).  So, back to the Texture (even tho telling the stories is fun for me) … I took out Sully’s show lead and used the Wall texture as an overlay at 60% opacity.  I used the eraser brush (large, soft-edged) at 100% to bring the Cocker back out, and used an even larger brush at 25% over the very foreground to help keep some of the lovely perspective on the show flooring.  What do you think of the final result?

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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