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Feb 9: 366-36 Jaded Reality #13

I’ve been a regular visitor to Deviant Art for a few years now, but haven’t really dove in deep until recently.  There is a lot of talent there, and inspiration abounds.  Each artist is amazing in his/her own right.  I make a point to read all TOU (terms of use) as some of the creative minds allow full spectrum at no charge, others are particular about private vs commercial use and still others require a small fee for commercial usage.  I appreciate each and every one, and honor their individual terms.  And when I can, I send a small (monetary) thank you to the ones that don’t require it – a donation here and there honoring the generosity of terms is very appreciated by anyone who puts themselves out there artistically.

Today’s texture is from an artist at Deviant Art:  Jaded Reality (aka Ashley) with an additional overlay of my personal favorite, The Wall (January 1, 2012).  I used Ashley’s Texture #13 as an overlay at 40% opacity (and used my new resizing/centering tricks learned earlier this week) and my The Wall texture at 100% opacity as a texture overlay, lightening the level to +80.  Of course, a layer mask, painting with black, was used to keep the texture from hiding the beautiful cat model, Beth (remember, if any of these steps don’t make sense to you, go back to January 1, 2012 and start reading thru the posts  – each one builds a little more on steps learned in previous posts.  This is a year of learning our Textures and all the ways to use them).  The double layers, the lowered opacity and the lighter top texture layer add to richness of the photo for me.  In spite of ALL the textures going on in the image itself, I don’t feel this overpowers the final product.  What do you think?

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 7: 366-34 Worn Love

Back in January, I introduced you to the Valentine Grunge Texture Set from Rita at The Coffee Shop Blog.  I revisited the set for today’s texture tutorial and this time I used Worn Love.  It seemed like the perfect finishing touch for this portrait of Bennett the Cocker Spaniel, waiting to give you his heart for Valentine’s Day.  And yes, I’m practicing what I preach and now using a layer mask to erase the texture from parts of the image … I am digging the extra control it gives – if I “erase” too much by painting with black, I can “unerase” places by painting with white – nice!

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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February 1: 366-29 Walls and Pavements

Have you been playing with your layers?  Applying textures and/or patterns and playing with the layer styles to see what the effects might look like?  And then playing with the opacity of the style to change the overall look?  Have you been surprised with any results?  I’ve been having a ball bringing these textures and tutorials to you!  I’m definitely no expert in this arena – I have had some exposure to what all the fuss over textures was about, but each and every day that I bring a new texture to you I learn more, too!

For today, we have a set of textures from Gratiela Dascalu (she’s a web designer & developer from Romania – you have just got to love the internet and how it connects us all!).  She put a sample pack of “wall and pavement” textures up at Brusheezy.com – you can find that sample pack HERE.  BrushEezy has some great resources for the graphic artist/designer – but please do read the licensing info before you decide to download anything … be sure the terms from the artist match your intended use.  BrushEezy has both a free section (that is where Gratiela’s texture pack is located) and a premium (paid subscription) section.  By honoring each artists’ licensing terms, we can be sure that the cool peeps at BrushEezy will still be able to bring us the basic (free) section of their site.  Now – head over to that sample pack page and download it … I’ll wait for you …

Did you notice that this was a PATTERN file (.pat) instead of a TEXTURE (.psd or .jpg or other image) file?  If you don’t know how to install a .pat on your graphics program, do a quick google search – it’s easy to do and there are a ton of easy-to-follow guides on the ‘Net.  If you have photoshop and are still stumped about loading the pattern file, drop me a note in the comments section and I’ll detail the steps for you.  I fired up the way-back machine and opened up a so-so photo of my baby boy Bennett that I took 3 years ago while at Nate’s Point Dog Park, in Balboa Park (San Diego).   I wanted to see if I could apply any knowledge I’ve gleaned since then to turn a snapshot quality image into something I’d be willing to hang on my wall.  I started by going in for a tighter crop on Bennett’s face and played with some of the artistic filters in Photoshop until I had some good brush strokes and renderings.  But it still needed something more to really set it off for me.  I opened up Gratiela’s Pattern #14 from the sample pack and applied it as a layer over the original image, using the soft light setting.  Then I went back to my favorite texture (posted on January 1 – The Wall) and used that on another layer, over the others.  I chose Vivid Light for this one.  Both layers I kept at 100% opacity for this final image.  I’m looking forward to seeing how it prints up on a canvas.  Here are my before (on the left) and after (on the right) looks at my beautiful Bennett:

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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