17 March, 2015

SPRING SALE

Hello there,
with the first warm days awaiting and the official beginning of Spring only days away I wanted to celebrate its coming with a new discount!

Let's start with a Spring sale*.

The only thing you have to do to benefit from it, is entering the coupon code

SPRING 


at the check out to get 15% off of every Texture Pack that you buy.

Please also take a closer look at my new Spring Promise Pack !!

*Sale ends on March 26, 2015!!


I used 2 of the new textures Black Sea and Clouded Well to subtly texturize this abstract image.
Please move over the image to see an before and after comparison.


   
Have a wonderful start into SPRING!! Thanks, Dirk

04 March, 2015

SPRING PROMISE Texture Pack Released & Spring Discount

Hi,
after quite some while I am glad to announce the release of a new pack of textures.

All of them I created over the past weeks or even months. As always there is a wide variety of unique textures from soft to grungy and from neutral to colourful.
Please click on the picture to see a larger version or go directly to the gallery on my website:


SPRING PROMISE PACK



Spring Promise Pack



You get 30 unique texture for only 26,90 € (+ % VAT within the EU) / that's app. 30 US $.


To celebrate the release of the pack you can get a 10% discount using the Coupon code

SPRING15


at the Check Out and what really cool is , the code also works with other packs ;-))

The discount ends on March 15, 2015



I used three textures from the new pack in this creation
Remains
   


More on the work with these new textures and a making-of later...

Thanks very much!

Dirk

25 February, 2015

Making of Hawthorne Berries and use of "NORMAL blend mode

Hello,

today I want to get back to some simple texturizing tip. The use of the "Normal" blend mode. This is often much better than any other blending mode when it comes to bring out the fine fabric of a texture.

I often use this when I take a rather soft grunge texture such as the ones in the Frames-and-Edges-Two - Pack in my Creative Market shop.


Hawthorne Berries before and after
   
I only used two textures in this image one was Dirt Frame and the other Mont Blanc .

The Normal mode works best with soft textures, that are not too dark, meaning I' d rather use lighter textures because of the later adjustments and of course they don't tend to overpower the original picture.

Take a look at the layers:




To keep the details of the frost on the berries I used a layers mask and erased parts of the texture with a soft brush at a very low Flow setting of about 3-5% and an Opacity of 100%.

The Mont Blanc layer added a bit more of frame and smoothness.

Using the Normal blend mode reduces the contrast drastically, but that can be remedied by adjusting it with the help of the Curves tool.


You can get both textures or similar ones here:

Frames-and-Edges-Two

or as part of a texture pack that you can create yourself here:

Build-your-own-texture-pack


Thanks very much!

Have a nice day,
Dirk

31 January, 2015

Cloudscape - Abstract Skies Textures and Backgrounds & Weekend FREEBIE

Hello,
I made a set of abstract sky textures and backgrounds, that I use in my work.
Hopefully you can use them in yours as well.
You can purchase them over at CreativeMarket:






I  use them whenever I have a dull white or even blue sky or whenever I think the texture adds something special and unique to a picture.

Here are two examples where I used at least one of the abstract skies to add clouds or to replace the sky - please move over the image to see a before picture

ash and bone




above the roofs of Blois

Texture FREEBIE

It has been quite a while since I last had texture freebie, I promise to better myself ;-)
Here we are - please click on the texture to download from Picasa.


evening glow
Aus Free textures
Have a great weekend & be creative! Dirk

28 January, 2015

NEW - 12 Blue toned textures for photographers ( + 3 FREE bonus textures)

Hi there,
I've just published a new set of fineart blue tones textures over at Creative Market. These 12 unique textures come with 3 bonus textures and you can get them for only 13 US$.





Shades of Blue II
Just to show you how they work, here is a before/after picture I texturized by using only two of the textures:



Easy to use: take a look at the layers in Photoshop


Thank you very much & be creative!
Dirk

23 January, 2015

Making of Aimless Wanderer & creating a MATTE look

Hi,
today I wanted to show you a technique that helps to enhance the moodiness of a image. With the help of Lightroom's gradient tool or/and Photoshop's curves tool you can clip the shadows to achieve a matte effect.

Images that were treated this way also work well with textures.

Please move mouse over the picture for a Before/After look!


   


Working in Lightroom


After the playing around for a while the gradient curve looked somehow weird, but the the shadows looked faded & pale:



The important part you can see on the bottom left. I dragged the curve up, thus making the dark parts paler. I also used the sliders as you can see in the second screenshot to get the mood I wanted.



Here is a Before/ After view of the processed image:


The shadows in the right part of the picture are lighter & more pale/matte. It also seems to add more fog/haze to the overall image.

Working in Photoshop


Apart from some manipulations I wanted to show how I further texturized the picture as well as added even more mood by using a color gradient and the curves tool.



I only used subtle textures, Baltic Sands from the Vintage-Film-Photography-Pack and

Both have a frame and are based on old tintype / glass plates.

The impression of the colorful rising sun was achieved by using a color gradient. 

You'll find a bunch of my gradients over here: 30-fine-art-retro-color-PS-gradients
The one I used is part of this collection.

The textures and the gradient led to darker tones and stronger contrasts and made it necessary to once again work on the matte effect.

The technique is the same as in Lightroom - you simply drag the curve up a bit and the shadows become paler...



Thanks again for your interest and be creative!!!

Have a nice weekend!
Dirk

31 December, 2014

12 from 2014

Hi there,

this is only a short look back on some pics I produced in 2014.

Hope you enjoy and have a wonderful and creative 2015!!!














All pics processed with my textures (or others ;-) some on iPhone, some with PS on my iMac.

Check out my textures here: TEXTURE PACKS

See you in 2015!
Thanks, Dirk