23 December, 2011

Winter Texture - the gift of snow

Hello,

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.

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

Drifting Snow


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.


Drifting Snow Basis




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

Pale Green Paint



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 explain more on their use. The textures' colours made the picture too cold  and I didn't want to change their colour.
Instead I reduced the blue/green tones with the help of another copy of the basis picture using the color blend mode and finally was happy with the settings shown above.

See you in 2012!!!

Please consider using/purchasing textures from my Build-your-own-texture-pack.

Thanks!



19 December, 2011

10 new textures in the pack.

Hi,
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!

14 December, 2011

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.


Vintage River



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

yolk
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.




layers
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 when I start. The first texture layer provided the basis for the vintage look. As you can see, I stuck to multiply and finally set the opacity to 64%.  The copy gave the clouds a soft yellow glow. After that it was only a little colour and light adjustment.

Hope you found this helpful.

If you like textures, you might like the ones I am offering in my Build your own texture pack
Thanks! 



07 December, 2011

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:




Rainbow Puddle



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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!

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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.