31 January, 2015

Cloudscape - Abstract Skies Textures and Backgrounds & Weekend FREEBIE

Hello,
I made a set of abstract sky textures and backgrounds, that I use in my work.
Hopefully you can use them in yours as well.
You can purchase them over at CreativeMarket:






I  use them whenever I have a dull white or even blue sky or whenever I think the texture adds something special and unique to a picture.

Here are two examples where I used at least one of the abstract skies to add clouds or to replace the sky - please move over the image to see a before picture

ash and bone




above the roofs of Blois

Texture FREEBIE

It has been quite a while since I last had texture freebie, I promise to better myself ;-)
Here we are - please click on the texture to download from Picasa.


evening glow
Aus Free textures
Have a great weekend & be creative! Dirk

28 January, 2015

NEW - 12 Blue toned textures for photographers ( + 3 FREE bonus textures)

Hi there,
I've just published a new set of fineart blue tones textures over at Creative Market. These 12 unique textures come with 3 bonus textures and you can get them for only 13 US$.





Shades of Blue II
Just to show you how they work, here is a before/after picture I texturized by using only two of the textures:



Easy to use: take a look at the layers in Photoshop


Thank you very much & be creative!
Dirk

23 January, 2015

Making of Aimless Wanderer & creating a MATTE look

Hi,
today I wanted to show you a technique that helps to enhance the moodiness of a image. With the help of Lightroom's gradient tool or/and Photoshop's curves tool you can clip the shadows to achieve a matte effect.

Images that were treated this way also work well with textures.

Please move mouse over the picture for a Before/After look!


   


Working in Lightroom


After the playing around for a while the gradient curve looked somehow weird, but the the shadows looked faded & pale:



The important part you can see on the bottom left. I dragged the curve up, thus making the dark parts paler. I also used the sliders as you can see in the second screenshot to get the mood I wanted.



Here is a Before/ After view of the processed image:


The shadows in the right part of the picture are lighter & more pale/matte. It also seems to add more fog/haze to the overall image.

Working in Photoshop


Apart from some manipulations I wanted to show how I further texturized the picture as well as added even more mood by using a color gradient and the curves tool.



I only used subtle textures, Baltic Sands from the Vintage-Film-Photography-Pack and

Both have a frame and are based on old tintype / glass plates.

The impression of the colorful rising sun was achieved by using a color gradient. 

You'll find a bunch of my gradients over here: 30-fine-art-retro-color-PS-gradients
The one I used is part of this collection.

The textures and the gradient led to darker tones and stronger contrasts and made it necessary to once again work on the matte effect.

The technique is the same as in Lightroom - you simply drag the curve up a bit and the shadows become paler...



Thanks again for your interest and be creative!!!

Have a nice weekend!
Dirk