16 October, 2014

Pick Your Own ARTISTIC Pack - 16 new painterly textures added

Hello,
I have just added 16 new textures to the Build Your Your Own texture pack !!!



These were created over the last months some of them to be used in the app Stackables, that I am contributing textures, gradients and filters to.

The build your own gallery now features over 150 textures to chose from!

Prices are
10 textures for 7.90 € / 11 US$
20 textures for 14,90 € / 19 US$
30 textures for 19,90 € / 27 US$
40 textures for 24,90 € /33 US$

I processed the following picture with two of the new textures:




Fall 2014 discount
Remember there is currently a 15% discount on all texture packs. All you have to do is to enter the coupon code

FALL2014

at the checkout to benefit from it!

Thanks very much,
Dirk

10 October, 2014

Fall Frame - softly textured Vertorama / Fall Promo

Hello,
it is that time of the year again that I really love to capture.
I still have to wait for the right weather over here, but the forecast is very promising for the next days, so I better get my gear ready...

Going through my shots from last fall, my eyes fell on two shot. First I didn't realized that they had a lot of potential. These were ideal candidates for a moody and misty autumn vertorama.

A vertorama is a vertical panorama of two or more shots merged together in Photoshop or any other suitable software.  Have a closer look at this technique here:



First I'd like to show you the result of my work:
Please move over the picture to see the before/after

     
   

Preparing the files

I started out with two photos that I had to capture with different settings. 
I knew that I wanted to blend these two, but the problem was the dark foreground and the very bright sky with the sun about to come through the mist.

That meant I had to process them differently - I started with the bottom pic:


It was shot at 1/125 s Iso 200 and f 10

Apart from the tones I enhanced the foreground with a gradient filter and played around with the curves layer to get as much detail as possible without losing the misty softness. 

When I was satisfied it looked like that:



One can copy the processing of a picture and apply it on another shot in Lightroom, that's what I did with this, although I was sure that it wouldn't be perfect and that I had to correct at least the exposure.



The raw file looked like that:


It was shot at 1/400 s Iso 200 and f 10

I applied the settings of the first picture and had only adjust the light hoping that my corrections would be perfect for the merging.  I checked the histogram while doing the adjustments, but it only took a bit of playing around with the exposure setting to achieve a picture suitable for merging.



I skip the merging of the two pictures, because I covered this in a previous post that you can check out using the link I  posted at the beginning.

Textures

My goal was to keep as much of the atmosphere and tones as possible or even enhance the whole picture a bit by my choice of textures

Please take a look at the layers:


It took quite some time to find textures that added something interesting to this - Rose Mist was perfect, because it added a rough red frame to the sky - a perfect addition to the red bottom of the image. Worn Map brought a bit grunge and light to the dark tree leaves in the upper left corner of the picture. After adding the textures I only had to correct the red tones a bit and I was satisfied with the result.


Thanks for reading!

Fall Promo - save 15% on all texture packs

I am pleased to announce another promotion for the rest of this month.

Enter the coupon code

FALL2014 

at the check-out to save 15% on all texture packs !!

Start shopping here: Texture Packs

Have a great weekend!

Dirk



26 September, 2014

Making of FLUX

Hello,
I am quite busy at the moment...
I started collecting my Lightroom presets and categorized them. So expect some of them as a pack in the future. I became aware that I use them quite often before I proceed adding textures in Photoshop. One can easily set a mood & tone and there is still the opportunity to play around with the settings to accommodate the image it was used upon.

This was the case with my image FLUX.






Here is a sequence of the main stages






The original picture was shot around noon on a stormy day in the south of the island La Palma /Canary Islands. This rocky beach belongs to the volcanic part of the island, there is barley a plant only black lava stones and ash. The first picture is out of the cam, before I applied a Lightroom preset. These kind of landscapes or seascapes are ideal for my kind of surreal treatment. The hardest thing sometimes is to find the right tones for the mood I want to express. A lot of this is experimenting until I have the feeling " Yes, that is something I can build upon".

The cloudless blue sky was in need for one of my cloud textures. I chose JUNO from the Build-your-own-texture-pack but wasn't satisfied when I added it. I felt the need to further abstraction. I added a motion blur and did the same to the water. I took quite some time to select the water, but finally the result was quite satisfying.

There still was something missing - I decided to add a seagull heading for the rock.

Have a look at the layers:


From bottom to top:

I used the picture processed  in LR and selected the water  Most of the time I use Photoshop's Quick Selection tool and later do some fine tuning. As you can see I also used a layer mask and smart filters to have more control on the blur.

Added the bird and gave it a little motion blur

Added a bit light/haze on the water close to the horizon, thought that the clouds would reflect like that.

Added part of the sky texture and merged it with the background a bit by making it shine through (see layer mask)

Finally added some textures from the Vintage-Film-Photography-Pack

The first curves layer enhanced light and contrast.
The 2nd curves layer was for a correction of tones. I reduced the yellow and added a bit blue in the blue channel.

Further contrast enhancement with the help of the Levels tool.

Again, thanks for reading and have a nice weekend!

Dirk









06 August, 2014

My images used as bookcovers

Hello,
this morning I encountered another work of mine on the cover of a book that has recently been published in Italy. I thought this a good moment to show some covers and pictures that you won't know from me, because I never posted them before.
I must admit, that it has been a goal / a dream of mine when I started with photography, to find my stuff used as a book - or record cover one day.

tWisteD REality




Occasionally I had been asked to provide a picture and sold them to smaller publishers or musicians, but since I am working with larger picture libraries, especially with Trevillion Images.
Recently I submitted my 100th accepted picture and I am keen on adding more and see the one or the other on many more books.
Big thanks to them!

I also had the pleasure to work with Jazz musician Dhafer Youssef on his latest album. I save the story of this work for a later post.


 Comparison actual picture / book 


My pic Faked Dreamtime is the image I talked about earlier. It is also a book cover where I am actually the person in the picture.



faked dreamtime





Usually the designers change the actual pictures more than the ones I a presenting to you.

Another one is "Smell of raisins, cones & needles"






I like that they actually added two more birds or cloned the one I had in the picture.



New works at Trevillion Images

Lately some new pictures were accepted that I wanted to show you:


Snow Firs

Covered Country

Snow walk

4 against the storm

Thanks for reading!

Reminder: Currently all my texture packs are 20% off on my Home page:


please enter the coupon code 

AUGUST  

at the check out!

Have a great day!
Dirk

01 August, 2014

New Vintage Film & Photography Pack out + August Discount

Hello to all,
I am proud o announce my new

Vintage Film & Photography Pack

Over the last weeks I created a pack of 27 handmade textures and overlays reminiscent of old vintage glass negatives / tin types and emulsion plates. I hope you will find, that I caught their essence quite well.



Please take a closer look at the textures over on my hompage:


They are 19.90€ / app. 27 US$

But you can benefit from my August discount of -20% until the end of the month by entering the coupon code:
August

at the check-out!!!



How to apply them

I only used two textures on this foggy forest scene.
In general I would recommend to use the lighter colored textures with the Multiply or Overlay/ Soft Light blend mode. The dark ones add a lot of grit, grain and other effects. These you should start to use in Screen or Lighten blend mode.
Of course, you can always play around a see what works best for you!


disharmony


Here is also a small screenshot of the layers :



Thanks very much and have a great weekend!
Dirk

02 June, 2014

New Clouds & Sky textures added + reduced prices

Hi,
I added a couple of abstract sky-scapes and cloud and sky inspired textures to my



Examples

To illustrate the effect you can achieve with these kind of overlays/textures I added some recent works where I used them to make more out of the skie's negative space.
Move over the pictures to see the before and after effect!

Migration
   
On top of La Palma
   
Ash Mountains
   
     
     
To learn more on how to apply skies to your landscape shots I'd like to suggest reading my blog posts



New Price Structure

Good news - essentially every textures pack is much cheaper than before....
the price of one texture within a pack is down to app. 1 US$ as opposed to 1€ before!!

Have a nice week!
Dirk
      

29 April, 2014

Gradients and Textures

Hi,
this time I wanted to bring in a new element that I often use, but never discussed or pointed out in one of my previous posts. The use of color gradients in the processing of my textured photographs. I became aware of the importance of gradients during my work for the app Stackables and now use them in my processing of iPhone shots more frequently.
I thought this misty forest scene could be turned into a mystical exquisitely work:


   

I wanted to use textures and enhance the colours which isn't always manageable  with texture only so the idea of using a gradient came into play. I was also keen on using some of my new textures to demonstrate how they turn this rather ordinary scene into something special and magical. 


Texture Choice

I added some textures with grit & grain to the last pack and thought that they would go nicely with this scene adding some kind of "fairy dust" to it. Here are the ones I chose:

G & G Universe

G&G Winter Eve

Shadow Magnets
You'll find this textures here: Mixed Specialties


The G & G textures work best with blending like screen, lighten or color dodge, but can be used with other modes as well (as I found out with the first one)

After applying the textures I got the following result: 


Adding a gradient

As I said before, I wanted to have strong colours but they still had to fit the overall mood and if possible the existing tones of the picture. So some red/orange and some blue should was the target. From my work on Stackables I had some unused texture I selected for this purpose:

Harmony grd
The blue seemed to be going quite well with the blue hues the G & G texture added on the right side and the orange would enhance the foreground.

...and it did.

For a better overview of the processing here is the screenshot of the layers I used:


As mentioned before I didn't use screnn/lighten/ color dodge with the g&g winter eve texture, but with multiply I got a better effect with the other textures on top and the grain was not so obvious, but still recognizable.

I played around with the gradient for quite a while and ended up with 40% Color Burn as the perfect setting.

As always I worked on contrast and colours to achieve the tones and atmosphere I liked best.

Thanks for reading!


Don't forget that there is currently a huge DISCOUNT of 25% on my textures over on my HOMEPAGE  just add the coupon code MAY2014 at the checkout!!