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Feb 3: 366-31 Stone Wall

One of the things I appreciate about learning a new skill in my photo editing program is the “spill-over” into other skills.  I haven’t yet gotten uber-creative and used a texture ON a subject I’m photographing (something to aspire to!).  So far I’ve been using them to enhance backgrounds or to turn a photo into a digital art rendering.  Today’s texture is no different – but as I was using it, I realized that I am learning skills that could easily be used to drop a digital background into an image – that is essentially what I’ve been doing with my texturizing of backgrounds.  Neat!  That is something I’ve been curious about … so when I do start looking at that, I’ll have some strong skills and some working knowledge to help me out.  On to today … when in San Bernardino recently for a dog show, I found a perfect bridge for another project I’m working on (Project 52 … check it out on my photo blog!).  Before I added the dog to the photo I took quite a few pix of the setting itself to play with lighting, angles, possibilities (it’s all about taking advantage of the possibilities – in photography and in life – and doing something wonderful with them!).  The stone pillar on the bridge held an attraction for me, so I thought I’d share it with you as a daily texture.

Texture 366-31 Stone Wall

In using this one, I opened a photo of Norman the Border Terrier who sat for me at the English Springer Spaniel Rescue portrait booth in Pleasanton, CA last October.  He is very regal, serious about portraying the breed in his photos.  Of course, once the serious shots were done, he gave us his best goofy faces, too.  I chose one of his classic portraits for this example.  The Stone Wall texture was added as a layer, with the layer style set at luminosity (remember I use a large soft-edged brush to erase the texture from over my subject, allowing it to show thru clearly).  I played a bit with the hue /saturation/lightness of the texture layer, to make it a little deeper and darker, more of a background look and not such a fight for the eye with Norman.  The lighting on the texture was flatter than the lighting on the dog, so I added a spotlight light effect and liked it.  There was still just *something* missing for me, and then I realized what it was:  I wanted a bit more of a depth of field look to the final image, so I put a slight gaussian blur on the texture layer (radius 5) and here is the result:

Do you have a favorite resource for textures or tutorials on using textures that you’d care to share?  As you can see, there are SO many ways to use them – I could put the same texture in the hands of 5 different graphic artists, with the same starting image, and we’d get 5 completely different end results.  So share away!

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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