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!!

28 April, 2014

A new Texture Pack : MIXED SPECIALTIES & Discount!

Hello,
I am glad to finally be able to present you a new quite interesting pack of textures. Some of these I have used on various pictures over the last few months. They cover a wide range from subtle grunge to grunge and grit & grain as well as light leak elements.
Anyway I hope they help you create unique works of art!

Mixed Specialties

These 25 textures/overlays you can get for 17.90 € / app. 25 US $ please follow the Link:



To celebrate the release of these pack I am giving a 25% discount on ALL texture packs including to new one for the time being!! You only need to  type the coupon code

MAY2014 

at the check out!


More on the work with these textures in the course of this week!

Thanks,
Dirk

04 April, 2014

Making of WILD MOMENT

Hello,
sometimes I really like to challenge myself, meaning I'd like to change something really ordinary into something special...which isn't always easy as you can imagine.

In case of the work at hand I had a vague idea what type of original photo I would need. Thankfully I remembered that there are some rather weathered birches close to where I live. So I went out, took some shots of them and returned home to begin with my work.

Please move over the picture to see the before/after, thanks!


One Wild Moment
I liked the white bark of the birches and also liked the other trees in the background, because they provided some darker texture, that I knew I could use later.


Step by Step description


Layers One Wild Moment

- First I made a layer copy of the original picture.
I wanted to have an overall dark appearance with only hints of colour. As the sky was very bright I had to find a way to darken it. 
- I chose  a texture to achieve this. I selected the bright parts of the sky and only applied the texture on that part (Multiply , around 70% opacity).
- I then merged the copy of the background layer and the texture and chose a motion blur with an 90° angle and a Distance of about 250 px.
- I think it is quite boring to have a blurred picture like that and so I added a layer mask and started to paint black on that mask to bring out the trees and parts of the underlying background. For this task I usually choose a very low brush flow of app. 3-5 %, which gives you a lot of control.
- The sky was still too bright for my taste, so I again took the texture and plaid aroud with blending modes and a layer mask until I was satisfied. (see layer 3)
- Layer 4 added blue hues ( Curves: choose the blue channel and drag the lower left end of the curve up, that way you get dark blues in the blacks)
- With all the vertical motion I wanted to have a contrasting motion as well - I added an empty layer and selected a bird brush. I placed the bird in the middle and added a horizontal motion blur on the bird.
- Layer 6 function is to set a focus on the middle part of the picture with the bird in its centre. 
- the two other layers I needed to further work on light and contrast.

That is all it need.

Have a great weekend!

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Thankks very much!