28 May, 2015

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

Hi,
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


MAY2015

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

Vintage-Film-Photography-Pack

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!

Thanks,
Dirk

09 May, 2015

Chandelier: A Quick Edit - with a vintage frame texture

Hello,
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:

Chandelier
   

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

MAY2015 
at the check out"

*promotion ends May 31, 2015


Have a great weekend!
Thanks,
Dirk

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

MAY2015

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!
Dirk

10 April, 2015

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

Hello,

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!


Example


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.


FREEBIE 

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.

DOWNLOAD HERE



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!
Dirk

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