02 June, 2014

New Clouds & Sky textures added + reduced prices

Hi,
I added a couple of abstract sky-scapes and cloud and sky inspired textures to my



Examples

To illustrate the effect you can achieve with these kind of overlays/textures I added some recent works where I used them to make more out of the skie's negative space.
Move over the pictures to see the before and after effect!

Migration
   
On top of La Palma
   
Ash Mountains
   
     
     
To learn more on how to apply skies to your landscape shots I'd like to suggest reading my blog posts



New Price Structure

Good news - essentially every textures pack is much cheaper than before....
the price of one texture within a pack is down to app. 1 US$ as opposed to 1€ before!!

Have a nice week!
Dirk
      

29 April, 2014

Gradients and Textures

Hi,
this time I wanted to bring in a new element that I often use, but never discussed or pointed out in one of my previous posts. The use of color gradients in the processing of my textured photographs. I became aware of the importance of gradients during my work for the app Stackables and now use them in my processing of iPhone shots more frequently.
I thought this misty forest scene could be turned into a mystical exquisitely work:


   

I wanted to use textures and enhance the colours which isn't always manageable  with texture only so the idea of using a gradient came into play. I was also keen on using some of my new textures to demonstrate how they turn this rather ordinary scene into something special and magical. 


Texture Choice

I added some textures with grit & grain to the last pack and thought that they would go nicely with this scene adding some kind of "fairy dust" to it. Here are the ones I chose:

G & G Universe

G&G Winter Eve

Shadow Magnets
You'll find this textures here: Mixed Specialties


The G & G textures work best with blending like screen, lighten or color dodge, but can be used with other modes as well (as I found out with the first one)

After applying the textures I got the following result: 


Adding a gradient

As I said before, I wanted to have strong colours but they still had to fit the overall mood and if possible the existing tones of the picture. So some red/orange and some blue should was the target. From my work on Stackables I had some unused texture I selected for this purpose:

Harmony grd
The blue seemed to be going quite well with the blue hues the G & G texture added on the right side and the orange would enhance the foreground.

...and it did.

For a better overview of the processing here is the screenshot of the layers I used:


As mentioned before I didn't use screnn/lighten/ color dodge with the g&g winter eve texture, but with multiply I got a better effect with the other textures on top and the grain was not so obvious, but still recognizable.

I played around with the gradient for quite a while and ended up with 40% Color Burn as the perfect setting.

As always I worked on contrast and colours to achieve the tones and atmosphere I liked best.

Thanks for reading!


Don't forget that there is currently a huge DISCOUNT of 25% on my textures over on my HOMEPAGE  just add the coupon code MAY2014 at the checkout!!

28 April, 2014

A new Texture Pack : MIXED SPECIALTIES & Discount!

Hello,
I am glad to finally be able to present you a new quite interesting pack of textures. Some of these I have used on various pictures over the last few months. They cover a wide range from subtle grunge to grunge and grit & grain as well as light leak elements.
Anyway I hope they help you create unique works of art!

Mixed Specialties

These 25 textures/overlays you can get for 17.90 € / app. 25 US $ please follow the Link:



To celebrate the release of these pack I am giving a 25% discount on ALL texture packs including to new one for the time being!! You only need to  type the coupon code

MAY2014 

at the check out!


More on the work with these textures in the course of this week!

Thanks,
Dirk

04 April, 2014

Making of WILD MOMENT

Hello,
sometimes I really like to challenge myself, meaning I'd like to change something really ordinary into something special...which isn't always easy as you can imagine.

In case of the work at hand I had a vague idea what type of original photo I would need. Thankfully I remembered that there are some rather weathered birches close to where I live. So I went out, took some shots of them and returned home to begin with my work.

Please move over the picture to see the before/after, thanks!


One Wild Moment
I liked the white bark of the birches and also liked the other trees in the background, because they provided some darker texture, that I knew I could use later.


Step by Step description


Layers One Wild Moment

- First I made a layer copy of the original picture.
I wanted to have an overall dark appearance with only hints of colour. As the sky was very bright I had to find a way to darken it. 
- I chose  a texture to achieve this. I selected the bright parts of the sky and only applied the texture on that part (Multiply , around 70% opacity).
- I then merged the copy of the background layer and the texture and chose a motion blur with an 90° angle and a Distance of about 250 px.
- I think it is quite boring to have a blurred picture like that and so I added a layer mask and started to paint black on that mask to bring out the trees and parts of the underlying background. For this task I usually choose a very low brush flow of app. 3-5 %, which gives you a lot of control.
- The sky was still too bright for my taste, so I again took the texture and plaid aroud with blending modes and a layer mask until I was satisfied. (see layer 3)
- Layer 4 added blue hues ( Curves: choose the blue channel and drag the lower left end of the curve up, that way you get dark blues in the blacks)
- With all the vertical motion I wanted to have a contrasting motion as well - I added an empty layer and selected a bird brush. I placed the bird in the middle and added a horizontal motion blur on the bird.
- Layer 6 function is to set a focus on the middle part of the picture with the bird in its centre. 
- the two other layers I needed to further work on light and contrast.

That is all it need.

Have a great weekend!

Need some textures? Please visit my shop on Creative Market or cose something from the galleries on my Homepage.

Thankks very much!

28 February, 2014

Making of Ever Changing Light / new textures & freebie

Good Day,

it went through my vast collection of unedited and yet not published textures and put together a small collection of green textures. These are now on sale on my






I often use greenish textures on my fog photographs, they add a great mystic tone and atmosphere .

I used several of these textures on this shot:


Ever changing Lights

Making of

I loaded the image I processed in Lightroom into Photoshop and started adding textures.
Usually I play around a lot to see what kind of effect the textures have on the image. With soft foggy landscapes one has to be a bit careful, because  you can easily overpower the picture with the texture. I often start with a texture that I think should serve as the main ingredient in Multiply blend mode and later add other textures to lighten things up in Overlay or Soft Light mode.
If this doesn't work I shift the textures around change the blending modes or use different textures.

Here is a screenshot of the final layer order:

Layers Ever changing Lights
I wanted to have a nice color contrast between the various green hues and the orange/ red leaves. There are several ways to recover/enhance the red tones:

1. I could have used a clipping mask to erase some of the textures that weakened the red tones, but I wanted the textures on the hole picture
2. I could have added a new layer and paint some red on the leaves, but that takes time and sometimes doesn't look so good.
or 3. try to get the red back by adjusting the red tones with the help of the Selective Colors and Saturation tools, which I did.

As usual I made some contrast and brightness adjustments with the last layer, in this case using curves.


Free Texture
You can download a 2000 x 2000 px version by clicking on the picture or on the link underneath!

Aus Free textures

I hope you create great pictures with this freebie ( & with the new green textures from the shop ;-))
If you have any questions sent me an email!
have a nice weekend,
Dirk

17 February, 2014

Stackables app release and midwinter promotion

Good Morning,

over last months I had the opportunity to contribute to an app that allows you to stack effects, such as textures, gradients, filters and geometric patterns on one another. This app has been released a few days ago and is now available in Apple's app-store. The funny thing is, that I am a newbie to smartphones and other modern mobile devices, but that couldn't hinder me contributing approximately 150 effects to the app.

If you want to know more on its features please go to:




So the one of the first things after I came to know that the app is now available was to order an iPhone. It came last Saturday and since yesterday I am taking pics & started to process some of them with the app.

I was very curious to see how it works and whether all the effects and texture formulas work the way I designed them on my iMac. Until now it is just as I imagined it, in some cases it even works better than I thought.

Results

I took this picture of a soccer field in my neigbourhood yesterday and processed it with a formula called "Orange Day" and I must say, I really liked it. This formula consists of 11 layers - 9 of my textures and 2 of the gradients -.

soccer field
I am still amazed how great this came out. Anyway there is a lot more to discover, if you like you can find out for yourself.

I am going to post some more information and pictures over the next days, so stay tuned.



PROMOTION until Sunday February 23, 2014

To celebrate the release of the app I decided to give a 20% discount on all texture packs that are available on my homepage. All you have to do is to go to my


After making your purchase you have to fill in the coupon code

MIDWINTERSALE


to benefit from the promotion. This promotion ends on Sunday February 23, 2014


06 February, 2014

Mexican Memories

Hello dear Readers,
again apologies for not posting more, but frankly I find it increasingly hard to come up with something new with regards to textures and real life demanded much time as well.....

Yesterday I opened a box with old analogue  photos and I sifted through them finding myself captivated by the all the recollections that came up looking at them. I decided to scan some pictures from a journey I made some 14 years ago. At that time I stayed at a friend's in Mexico. At that time he lived a few kilometers away close to the city of Oaxaca de Juarez. The pictures I wanted to show you are from a 5 day hike I made with another friend of mine, that took us into the mountains of Oaxaca in a sparsely populated region. As far as I remember I only chose pictures from our first day. I remember that it was a very exhausting experience making our way through the forests following an indigenous guide, that seemed to want to break some kind of speed record to get to our first stay.

Anyway it was an unforgettable experience.

All pictures were processed with some textures from various texture packs, that are now partly or even exclusively available in my shop on



First I want to show you the pictures and with a second post I'll explain some of my processing techniques...




This was towards the end of the first day we met many people that were on their way home.



I am always fascinated by the old lorries  and cars that you can see in Mexico. This one was incredibly noisy...




On our way  - the white stuff in the trees is usually used at christmas time to decorate cribs.



I was impressed by the diversity of the forests ranging from pine trees to palm trees, yuccas and all kind of other plants.



It was very dry. Spring time is usually the hottest time of the year in Oaxaca with a lot of dried trees and also always the threat of wild fires. But occasionally one encounters something in bloom.



This is the village were we spent our first night. I remember that it was a very quite village. The small pension were we stayed was run by the whole village. As far as I remember we booked this tour in an office that was run by a association of  villages that offered some kind of eco tours.




Housing was made out of a mix of wood, concrete elements often with sheet roofs. I remember that it was incredibly cold at night with the temperatures falling below zero °C and strong winds - as well as leaky roofs and walls that gave access to the cold gusts....

I hope you liked this kind of post from me and I think I will post more like that in the future.

Have a great day and thanks for reading!!

Dirk