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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…