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Winter Texture - the gift of snow


I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas & will have a wonderful creative year 2012!!

I want to finish this year with a another free texture. It is called "The Gift of Snow".
It hasn't been snowing this Winter so far, so I had to rely on some pictures from last year when I made the texture.

Download The Gift of Snow

I used the texture on this picture ( and I am planning to use it on a few more....)

A few words on the processing:

It was actually snowing and there was not much light, so it was an easy decision to change it into a monochrome picture. The conversion and the toning I did in Lightroom. Afterwards I opened the picture in Photoshop.

For the finer structures & the painterly style I used this one:

Layers in Photoshop:

There are two things that I want to point out.

1. I wanted a dreamy feel, so I decided to blur the right and the left side of the picture using the lens blur filter.

2. Both textures were quite easy to use, so I think I don't have to…

10 new textures in the pack.

I  added 10 new hight resolution textures to the build-your-own-texture-pack
Now you can pick out of 110 different textures.
These are the new ones:

I made them from photos of clouds, paper, books, walls and a leaves bokeh.

Crumpled paper was used on this picture:

green bokeh I used here:

thunderstorm I used here:

Tomorrow there will be a Xmas texture gift!

Free Texture Wednesday 5 - Vintage Style

I am sorry, but I didn't have much time for a new blog post, because I had trouble with my internet connection and that had to be remedied first.

Therefore today there is a little tutorial & a free texture.

I think I found a good example for a texture, that makes a vintage look quite easy to achieve. and is also easy to use.  I created this lovely river scene with the dunes in the background. I took this picture last year during a trip to the south - west of France.

The texture:
Click on the picture to download full size!

Aus Free texture

Short tutorial:
As I mentioned before, this is quite easy to use. 
This is the original, that had quite vivid colours, but these are not necessary, it should work with all kind of pictures, but I think it is best with landscapes.

As always it is a game of playing around with some of the blending modes and other tools that Photoshop provides. I usually start with multiply and if this is too strong I change to soft light, both set at 50% opacity …

Free Texture Wednesday IV

Wednesday again and this means another free texture. This one I made this morning using one that I didn't like any longer. It came out quite colourful, but see for yourself:

Download Rainbow Puddle

and I used it on this picture:

I reckon it is not an easy to use texture, but I think it looks cool on the picture I've chosen.

Have fun!

Check out my build-your-own-texture-pack

Previous Free Texture Wednesdays:
Free Texture Wednesday 3

Free Texture Wednesday 2

Free Texture Wednesday 1

On Friday there will be a new tutorial.

See you.

Free Texture WednesDay III

It's the middle of the week & I want to share a newly created paper texture with you. I actually made it from the backside of a very old photo of my father. It has tattered edges and needed a bit of photoshop to make it suitable for a texture. I also used an old letter I found and gave it the echo of a handwriting.

afterglow download

If you enjoy this one you might also be interested in my Build your own texture pack. You can chose from 100 textures  and make packs of 10 / 20 or 30 textures. I also changed some of them as I found out they were very hard to work with and added some new ones as well.

Have fun with this one!

Just used it on this picture - makes a nice retro look.

Cracked Sky - HDR - Brushes & Texture

Hello, I hope you had a lovely week and a wonderful Sunday so far...

this morning I came across the photo of a sunrise I shot 3 years ago on my last morning on the beautiful island of Bali. It came out quite dark and I thought I give it a try to see how I would process it today. I always had the feeling, that I can do better than this, although people liked it.

The final result of my work  is this:

Here is the pic I came across and that I decided to work on again:

I my opinion the foreground is far too dark and the picture has lost all of its depth. I used a texture I bought, which is quite nice, but at that time I was fascinatied with the grunge effect it had and didn't see that it overpowered the picture.

The processing

It started with this raw - file, that I decided to change into a HDR picture. I only used subtle adjustments, because I feared that the tonemapped picture would become to noisy and I didn't want to have an too obvious HDR- look. But it enhanced the foreground…

Free Texture Wednesday II

Hello, it's Texture Wednesday again

Here is just another free texture. This time it's all about colours. I know this is not easy to use, but just use your imagination and you'll find a way!

I didn't include it in my build-your-own-texture-pack just because of that ;-))


I finally found a picture were used it on.

Be creative & have fun!

moody morning tutorial

I love misty& sunny mornings - there is always something going on with the light and one has to be very quick to get the right shots. The photo I am going to write about was taken a few weeks back on such a morning. Iwas looking out of the window and saw that clouds were still clinging to the trees on a nearby hill. Right outside my window the fog was gone and the sun began melting away the humidity. So I grabbed my camera and went out. After 15 minutes I was in the forest and it became more foggy with every step I took.

Here's the final result of my processing:

 That's how it looked before:

I wanted to use some of my new textures, but I had to take care, that they wouldn't overpower the softness of this misty scenery and the soft shapes of the trees.
I made only little changes concerning the tone of the picture. What I wanted to achieve was to make the empty bright space of the sky a little bit more interesting.

I added the birds using Photoshop's brush tool. Yo…

fRee texTure WednesDay


I made so many new textures, that I thought, I can give some away for free, at least the ones that I didn't include in the Pick-your-own-texture gallery on my homepage.

So, here is the first one:
You can create cool painterly effects with this one!

Aus Free texture

Feel free to use it in your personal and commercial artwork, but do not claim it as your own and please no re-selling!
I have a texture group on flickr, it would be nice if you post your work over there, if you have an flickr account!


I used this texture on this picture

Tip: to bring out the brush strokes more clearly I used two layers of the green pastel brush texture.
The first one was set at Colour Burn 47% opacity/ 55% fill and the second one at Vivid Light 17% opacity and 57% fill.
Doubling texure layers and using different blending modes works quite well.

Have a nice day!

Autumnly World Vertorama

I hope you had a great week so far!

You might have heard the term "vertorama" before, to me it was quite new until sometime last year, when I discovered pictures with this tag on flickr. Curious as I am, I investigated and found out, that it's nothing more than a vertical panorama. I like the square format, so this was a wonderful opportunity to extend my landscape / forest shots, thus covering more of the ambience.

So, how are they achieved?

the photography

I usually take two or three pictures of a scenery, shooting them vertically. Just like I did with these two photos of a forest path:

It is important, that you take these at the same aperture value and foca length, the speed might slightly differ, but should be close (if the light allows it to be). These two pics were shot at aperture 7.1 & 1/40 sec. with a focal lengt of 18 mm.

 the software

You should take care, that there are enough distinguishable features in the picture for the stiching software .
I usually use…

Sanur sunset, an almost deleted picture - and a free texture

I was browsing some old pics from 3 years ago -  a time when I just started to shoot in RAW - and found a series of shots from Bali, that I thought would never make a decent picture, but I wanted to give it another try. Somehow I wanted to check whether I was able to process a picture that represents the beauty of that evening or that I had to delete it.

Long story cut short: I came out quite well, but how?!

I took the pic in the evening when everybody was enjoying the last light on the beach. So I was challenged with rather complicated light conditions. I didn't know what the best camera settings for the situation would be, but I knew that shooting in RAW would later give more options to correct my shortcomings.  I think I opted for some of the automatic settings that Canon offers for beginners and took my pictures. I ended up with a nicely lit sky, but a very dark foreground.

HDR -processing

A few days ago I checked out Trey Ratcliffe's homepage ( and read…

Adding mood & fog with textures

today a short post on how I sometimes enhance and intensify an already misty scenery and how I added/ enhanced the picture's atmosphere.
Using textures is again a very simple way to achieve this.

Here's the final result:

And this is the picture I started with:

I used two textures from my latest pack. One is a mixture of a cloudy sky and a wall, the other one has a green wood structure:

And here's how I used them in Photoshop:

Though the graphic suggests something different, I first added the cloud layer and was immediately satisfied with the result, because the fog became much more intense.
I wanted the whole picture to be a bit more spooky, so I decided to add a green texture. I also wanted to lessen the contrast between the green grass and the soft foggy part of the image.
The first green texture layer added structure to the picture, but did not so much with regards to the fog's colour, which appeared to be still very white. So I copied the layer and turned…