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Using textures as backgrounds - Cyber Week Promo still on

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Hello people,

I usually use my own textures and the ones I purchase from other artists to process my photographs, e.g. giving them a more painterly look or texturizing Negative Space.

Only recently I began to use them more as backgrounds for some more abstract works or still lives and such. So this short post's purpose is to show you how I created one of my abstract plant designs.


Have a look at this gif





For years I have a small Cycas palm plant that once in a while sprouts new leaves. A few years ago I captured these and forgot about the images. But recently I came across them while going throw my archives and decided that they might make a nice decorative abstract.

So I cut them out and copied the leaf I cut out and arranged them on three different layers. I didn't want to simply reflect them, so no symmetrical composition.

After some time of trying different textures I decided on Sky Dive as the main background. As these leaves seem to reach out onto something I had the ide…

Update 2019 - Simple texture use tutorial

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Hello,
I am back with a very simple tutorial for all you beginners just starting to work with textures.

I chose a portrait of a horse to make some essentials clear.

1st -  its best to take a photo, that has some negative space around your subject, in this case the snowy and misty background. This brings out the quality of the texture and you also avoid the texture spoiling the images's own texture.

2nd - chose one or two textures that complement the colours of your image and that have a rather fine structure. Otherwise it might easily overpower the soft background.

3rd - if you are not satisfied with your choice keep trying other textures and settings! E.g. go through different blend modes & shift the position of your textures.

Before and after comparison - please move your mouse over the image



As you can see I have chosen two textures from my Vintage Film & Photography Pack
Here's a closer look at the two textures:



As usual, here's also a screenshot of the layers …

Update 2019 - Creating Mood with textures - processing in Lightroom and Photoshop using textures

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Hello,

time again for a short texture recipe disguised in the making of a picture. I'd like to show you how you can keep the overall feeling of an already moody picture, while adding some grunge.

Here's the result, though there are two versions. What you see is the one I finally liked best, it's the one where I tried to keep the colors I achieved with my Lightroom processing.
There is another one, that is influenced by the colors that the textures added, which you can check-out at the end of this post.





Processing in Lightroom
I took this photo on a rather dark and foggy morning, so I had to do a lot of brightening up and recovering / altering the colors. Generally I tend to take slightly more underexposed images, because I found, that it is easier to brighten parts of a photo that the other way round.

Here is what I started with:

Basically I lightened up the foreground, that brought back the color of the  orange-red leaves.
I changed their color to a more cold red by alter…