22 June, 2015

Work in Progress: Creating a new texture III


it's been some time since I wrote something about creating my textures. A friend of mine, who is an abstract painter invited me to join one of his classes and I gladly accepted the invitation to learn a bit about working with a REAL brush.

I couldn't resist to utilize parts of my works for the creation of new textures, so excerpts of what I painted will show up in future textures...

So far I created about 5 textures that I really like and that work quite well with photos.

So here is one of them:

Negative Paint

I can't go into too much detail of how I finally arrived at this texture, because I think it would become to detailed and too long, but here's some insight into its creation:

Here are the basic photos I used:





So how did I arrive at the texture?
I started with picture 2. Its very grungy surface was the starting point and is actually a photo of the workroom floor.

2nd and 3rd layer was picture 3 that I blended with hard light and also rotated by 90° (3rd layer) - it led to some quite nice brush strokes and patterns.

4th and 5th layer consists of picture 3 this time I chose Multiply at a low setting (33%) - that made the whole thing darker and added some nice colors.

6th layer was picture no. 1. I really was curious to see how these letters would fit in. This time Darken (50%) was the best blending mode.

Unfortunately I didn't like the colors too much, so I just added an invert layer and liked the bluish tones much better that you can see now.

Still the resulting texture was much too grungy so I reduced the contrast with curves and worked on the tones in the blue channel.

I also made the whole texture a bit brighter (using Levels) and merged the whole thing to erase irritating parts of the texture. That meant cloning and copying parts as well as using Photoshop's Spot Healing Brush.

So far I am quite satisfied with the new textures. Still don't know when I will make them available though. Stay tuned....and see for yourself:

Processed with Negative Paint & 1 other texture:

You'll find my textures here:

Texture Packs

Thanks & have a nice day!

28 May, 2015

Sentinel OLD - Film Look and May Promotion still on until June 6, 2015

just a short reminder, that the May/June promotion is still on! It will be running until my B-day ....

Get 20% off of every texture package until June 6, 2015 using the coupon code


at the Check-Out!!

I like monochrome landscapes and the image I selected was quite some challenge to process. It had very strong contrast differences when I shot it and overall it turned out too dark. Nonetheless I wanted to shoot the lone tree standing on the mountain side. Because of all the dark rocks, the shadows and the very bright sky colours were not an option, so I decided on a b&w conversion in Lightroom, adding a light dark red tint to the shadows.

To add some texture and interest to the shadows I used two textures from the


because I thought this would be an ideal candidate for an old film look.


Processing with textures was quite easy as you can take from the screen shot of the layers in Photoshop:

That was all!


09 May, 2015

Chandelier: A Quick Edit - with a vintage frame texture

sometimes I tend to overdo processing and I later have to take away layers and things I did, but other times I can surprise myself with a rather minimalistic approach.

Sometimes it is enough to work on colors or in the case at hand the right monochrome hues and only one texture to turn some seemingly ruined or unspectacular capture into something beautiful.

Please move your mouse over the picture to see a before/after of the image:


I think it is also worthwhile to post a screenshot of the unprocessed RAW-file:

I really liked the filigree web and the dew drops covering them, but there was so much chromatic aberration (or was it the light breaking in the water beads) that I thought nothing could be done to save this picture.

I finally made one last attempt and tried a b&w conversion in Lightroom. (see above picture for reference)

Processing on the converted picture was quite easy it took only one texture and some light and tones corrections to achieve the final look.

Here is a screenshot of the Photoshop layers:

I only needed one of my frames/old photos textures from my build-your-own-texture-pack
set at 100% Multiply and got my vintage look.

You can also find similar textures here: Vintage-Film-Photography-Pack

Please don't forget there is still a 20% discount on all texture packs if you use the Coupon -- code

at the check out"

*promotion ends May 31, 2015

Have a great weekend!

05 May, 2015

MAY Promo get 20% off every texture pack!

Hi there,
the wonderful month of May is here again and its about time to celebrate this with another discount on my textures.

Get 20% off every texture pack by entering the promo code


at the check-out.

Promotion ends on May 31, 2015.

You'll find my texture packs here: TEXTURE PACKS

As it is SPRING you might like to purchase my latest pack of spring inspired textures:

I used two of these textures in this picture:


I used JEANS at 66% overlay, but also applying a mask and blurring the interior of the texture, ti keep the reds of the foreground more lively I also masked parts of the texture.

The other texture used was FORTRESS which added a subtle stone texture to the image. (40% Multiply)

Have a look at the layers:

Thanks and have a great time!

10 April, 2015

New Pack of Vintage Paper Textures out! + making of + FREEBIE


I just released a small pack of vintage paper textures and backgrounds that you can find here:

Price: 15 US $ / app. 13,90 €

15 Vintage Paper Textures

I scanned and photographed all kind of old letters, cardboards, books and other stuff to create them.
As you can see these are not merely the plain papers, but I combined them with other structures and textures...

Anyway, I hope you like them!


Foggy Day

Please move with your mouse over the picture to get a Before/After impression.

I used three different textures from the pack to achieve the vintage look. Here is a screenshot of the layers in Photoshop:

Layers Foggy Day
    I didn't even need to make adjustments to the lights and contrast.


I made a lot of paper textures and I got a lot of variations one of them I'd like to give away before the weekend. You can download this texture from Picasa.


Aus Free textures

Of course, you can still find a great variety of textures on my homepage here:

Thanks very much and have a great weekend!

17 March, 2015


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


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

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

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


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

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

Thanks very much!