08 July, 2016

Simple texturizing tutorial

Hello,
I am back with a very simple tutorial for all you beginners just starting to work with textures.

I chose a portrait of a horse to make some essentials clear.

1st -  its best to take a photo, that has some negative space around your subject, in this case the snowy and misty background. This brings out the quality of the texture and you also avoid the texture spoiling the images's own texture.

2nd - chose one or two textures that complement the colors of your image.

3rd - if you are not satisfied with your choice keep trying other textures and settings! E.g. go through different blend modes & shift the position of your textures.

Before and after comparison - please move your mouse over the image

   


As you can see I have chosen two textures from my Vintage Film & Photography Pack

Here's a closer look at the two textures:

Baltic Sands

Eagle Eye


As usual, here's also a screenshot of the layers in PS to make things clear:

Layers Horse

The first layer "Baltic Sands" characterizes the image, adding a photo border as well as a vignette giving the whole photo a vintage look.

"Eagle Eye" was chosen because of its red/orange tones that are a perfect addition to the horse's fur color. I had to add a layer mask to prevent the darker parts of the horse to become unrecognizably dark. As you can see I erased parts of the texture covering the horse this way using a soft round brush a low opacity.

Do you have any questions?
Please drop me a line, I will try to help!

Reminder: You can still purchase any of my TEXTURE PACKS with a discount of 25%!

"Save 25% on my texture packs with coupon code Summer16
Promotion ends July 16, 2016"


Have a nice weekend!
Dirk

06 May, 2016

MAYFAIR Discount & making of

Hello,
after a quite long wait Spring has finally arrived where I live!
I wanted to celebrate its arrival with a discount on all of my

  TEXTURE PACKS 

that are available on my homepage. 

Save 20% by entering the coupon code 

MAYFAIR 

at the check out!

*discount is available from May 6, 2016 through May 15, 2016!


One of my images, that I processed with some of my textures:


Vintage Wheat Field
   
Some information concerning the processing of this image:

- I processed two separate shots in Lightroom and merged them to a vertical panorama in Photoshop
  this is what it looked like after that:


- I wasn't satisfied with the composition of the image, I need more sky! But instead of cropping it and making it smaller, I opted for Photoshop's Content-Aware Scale feature and cropped it to a square format.

- I already gave the picture a vintage look in Lightroom, but the addition of three textures from my 
Spring Release collection made it perfect.


Here is a look at the layers in Photoshop:


I applied a layer mask to the wax- texture, because it made the horizon too dark and the picture lost a lot of its depth. 


Hope you have a great weekend and thanks for reading!
Dirk 

24 March, 2016

SPRING SALE 2016

Hello,

although I am still waiting for real nice Spring weather I wanted to kick off the new season with a big

SPRING SALE 

Save 20% on my texture packs from my homepage.
The coupon is valid through April 7, 2016 as far as you purchase s.th. for at least 5,00 €!!

All you have to do is to enter the coupon code  SPRING2016 at the check out.

You'll find my texture packs here: TEXTURE PACKS


Hope you have a wonderful easter holiday season!



Cherry Blossom Skies - before/after
   

Thanks very much!


17 March, 2016

New Texture Pack : Inspirations - 36 new fine art textures

Hello,

I have a new texture pack ready for purchase - I called it

INSPIRATIONS

The pack consists of 36 large sized self made textures that cover primarily soft tones and rather fine patterns and textures.

You can purchase them from my site for 28,90 € (+VAT of your respective country within the EU!) here:



or you can purchase them at my CreativeMarket store for USD 29.00
here:









Examples

No. 1 DOLDRUMS

To give you an idea of the effect some of these textures have, I have assembled some before and after view of images I processed with these textures. To make it possible to  follow my processing with textures I also added screenshots of the Photoshop layers.

Doldrums Before and After
   





Doldrums Processing


Doldrums Layers



No. 2 Majestic Mountains

   


Majestic Mountains processing

I know this looks rather complicated, but when it comes to the textures, it is rather simple. You might have noticed, that I used one of the textures in Normal blend mode (Night Storm layer). I recently like to do this, because adds some intense colors/textures to the foreground or as in this case to th sky as well.




No.3 Spring Sky

Spring Sky Before and After
   

Spring Sky processing


Three textures were chosen to add a slight vintage tones and rather subtle textures.

Thanks for your attention!

28 January, 2016

Making of - here comes the fear

Hello,

time again for a short texture recipe disguised in the making of a picture. I'd like to show you how you can keep the overall feeling of an already moody picture, while adding some grunge.

Here's the result, though there are two versions. What you see is the one I finally liked best, it's the one where I tried to keep the colors I achieved with my Lightroom processing.
There is another one, that is influenced by the colors that the textures added, which you can check-out at the end of this post.



   


Processing in Lightroom


I took this photo on a rather dark and foggy morning, so I had to do a lot of brightening up and recovering / altering the colors. Generally I tend to take slightly more underexposed images, because I found, that it is easier to brighten parts of a photo that the other way round.

Here is what I started with:

1/125s - f 7,1 - ISO 400

Basically I lightened up the foreground, that brought back the color of the  orange-red leaves.
I changed their color to a more cold red by altering the orange tones to red. Cranking up the whites and playing around with curves lightened up the foggy parts and the colors as well.

Processing with textures


I wanted to keep the tones, but also wanted to have strong textures without dominating the soft misty parts of the photo.
I thought it best to search for more "neutral" textures with soft colors and more or less regular patterns.

I chose three from my last pack October Moods.

Layers





I had to use a clipping mask (the green layer) on theThunder texture, because its blue hues changed the tones too much to the cold blue hues. 

The Silverstone texture added the desired grunge effect on the top of the trees, but was too much for the trees and the distant light in the middle. Therefore I had to erase parts of it using a layer mask.

The Misty texture added further subtle texture patterns and light using the Overlay blend mode.


Finally here is a small version of the image without activated clipping mask, that feels colder and altered the greenish-blue hues to colder blue ones:




You can find my textures here:


or here: 


Thanks for your attention!

30 November, 2015

Cyber Week 25% off and free texture

Hi there,
Save 25% on all my textures during this week with the coupon code

CYBER15

that you have to enter at the check out!! Please note, that the minimum purchase barrier is 5 €!!!

Valid until December 5, 2015!


You`ll find my textures here:



There are also considerable discounts today on my products on Society6 and Redbubble!







Free texture:
Sword
Aus Free Textures and Backgrounds
Thanks very much and have a great week!! Dirk

03 November, 2015

FallMagic Promotion and Making of Tranquility

Hello,

with my favorite time of the year in full swing I thought it about time for a promotion
 - get 20% off of every texture pack on my homepage. Only enter the coupon code

FallMagic 

at the Check Out to benefit from the reduction!

Go here for the textures:


This promotion ends November 17, 2015!


Making of TRANQUILITY




TRANQUILITY
   
Please move over the image to see how the picture looked before.


At the moment I more and more experiment with the NORMAL blending mode. I want a texture cover certain parts of a picture. Sometimes I want to get rid of parts I don't' like or as was in the case of this picture, I wanted to lessen the original texture of the grass and the bushes/trees in the foreground of the image. There was too much contrast that irritated me  and took much away from the overall mystic misty atmosphere.




I searched for a texture that matched the tone of the unprocessed image and found it in the texture "Elefant" from the Autumn Haze Pack

The other textures were taken from the new October Moods Pack

Thanks!