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Painterly Images with Lightroom Presets and Textures

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Hello, over the past years I have posted many tutorials concentrating on the use of textures. I know, that I often mentioned that I process my images with the help of Adobe Lightroom before I load them into Photoshop to treat them further with textures. I finally have put together my first small set of Lightroom Presets that helps you creating impressionistic painterly images combining these presets with some of my textures.







You can get these in my CreativeMarket shop here: Impressions Lightroom Presets




Short Tutorial - Making of CANVAS DREAMS

I spent a week in the Normandy, France in May, where I took this shot of red poppies in the dunes with view of the beach. This photo seemed a perfect candidate to show you how to easily create a painterly picture with the help of one of the presets as well as the texture included in this set.


It wasn't a particularly bright day, rather cloudy and windy and the photo turned out as a bit dark.



I often process every picture individually withou…

Two Dark Images & May Flash Sale

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Welcome to my re-designed blog...

I know, I have neglected this blog and I thought, that changing the layout and adding a SHOPs page ,where you can have easy access to my print shops and textures, would be a good start to get into posting on a more frequent basis.

So, let's start.

I wanted to show you two new pieces, that I have been working on today and yesterday evening.
I am always trying something new, new techniques or new interesting imagery. Often there is not much planning involved. In the case of these images I went through unprocessed material and then started to work following my imagination. One thing led to another and here we go....

In the first picture "One Tree Rock" I deleted a lot of elements with Photoshop's content aware spot healing brush and also used their content aware move tool to place the rock in the middle of the image. I used some of my textures from the Scriptures-Pack



In the 2nd picture I reflected the abandoned railway with its trees a…

New Scriptures Textures Pack out!

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Hello,
I finally decided to release a pack of textures that features some actual hand writing or some tweaked lettering and writing. I hope you find them useful and inspiring.



They are available from my homepage for just 15,00 €  here:

SCRIPTURES PACK from DirkWuestenhagenImagery

or from my CreativeMarket Shop for 16 US$ here:
Creativemarket.com - SCRIPTURES-20-fine-art-textures


Here are some images I processed with these new textures:








Thanks! Dirk

Using textures as backgrounds - Cyber Week Promo still on

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Hello people,

I usually use my own textures and the ones I purchase from other artists to process my photographs, e.g. giving them a more painterly look or texturizing Negative Space.

Only recently I began to use them more as backgrounds for some more abstract works or still lives and such. So this short post's purpose is to show you how I created one of my abstract plant designs.


Have a look at this gif





For years I have a small Cycas palm plant that once in a while sprouts new leaves. A few years ago I captured these and forgot about the images. But recently I came across them while going throw my archives and decided that they might make a nice decorative abstract.

So I cut them out and copied the leaf I cut out and arranged them on three different layers. I didn't want to simply reflect them, so no symmetrical composition.

After some time of trying different textures I decided on Sky Dive as the main background. As these leaves seem to reach out onto something I had the ide…

Black Friday and Cyber week offer / Tutorial

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Hello,
it is that time of the year again to get the really good deals. So here is mine:

Save 20% on all texture packs for the next 10 days with Coupon code

CYBER16 
at thenCheck Out!

Promotion ends December 4, 2016


Over the last months I created some new texture packs that have a very painterly and also a nice soft grunge appeal. You get them here:

TEXTURE PACKS
I also wanted to give you an insight how I textured one of my latest images. Please take a look at the animation below to get an idea of the changes through colouring with the help of a gradient map and the application of textures.



Processing


The original picture was taken on a particularly foggy morning last March. It was nothing more than a line of bare trees on a nearby hill. So I only had these trees and a milky white sky.
But this also left me enough space to work with brushes (the birds) color and textures.

Some of you might know that I also have gradients and bird brushes to offer, if you like you can find them here: Dyrk…

Autumn is here - Time for new texture packs

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Hello,

I am back with two new texture packs. I have released the first one a week ago and you can have a look at it here:



As you might conclude correctlythis is intended for your landscape shots, but they work on other formats quite good as well.

They measure 6000px x 4000px each at 300dpi

I used a variety of different materials to achieve these subtle light grunge textures. I shot walls and surfaces in Mallorca and Italy - so these still breathe some summer air...

You can get them over on my Homepage for 14,90€ / app. 16,90 US$

SEPTEMBER LANDSCAPE PACK




A while ago I started taking painting classes. Apart from some more or less interesting paintings and drawings I was able to derive some textures from my efforts. I assembled a pack of 20 textures, that are all based on painted canvases. Some are mixed with other materials as well, but I think the painterly surface is well preserved.
I used these on a variety of photos and I find them particularly helpful and beautiful when used on mist…

Simple texturizing tutorial

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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:



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

The first layer "Baltic Sands" characterizes the image, add…