28 February, 2014

Making of Ever Changing Light / new textures & freebie

Good Day,

it went through my vast collection of unedited and yet not published textures and put together a small collection of green textures. These are now on sale on my






I often use greenish textures on my fog photographs, they add a great mystic tone and atmosphere .

I used several of these textures on this shot:


Ever changing Lights

Making of

I loaded the image I processed in Lightroom into Photoshop and started adding textures.
Usually I play around a lot to see what kind of effect the textures have on the image. With soft foggy landscapes one has to be a bit careful, because  you can easily overpower the picture with the texture. I often start with a texture that I think should serve as the main ingredient in Multiply blend mode and later add other textures to lighten things up in Overlay or Soft Light mode.
If this doesn't work I shift the textures around change the blending modes or use different textures.

Here is a screenshot of the final layer order:

Layers Ever changing Lights
I wanted to have a nice color contrast between the various green hues and the orange/ red leaves. There are several ways to recover/enhance the red tones:

1. I could have used a clipping mask to erase some of the textures that weakened the red tones, but I wanted the textures on the hole picture
2. I could have added a new layer and paint some red on the leaves, but that takes time and sometimes doesn't look so good.
or 3. try to get the red back by adjusting the red tones with the help of the Selective Colors and Saturation tools, which I did.

As usual I made some contrast and brightness adjustments with the last layer, in this case using curves.


Free Texture
You can download a 2000 x 2000 px version by clicking on the picture or on the link underneath!

Aus Free textures

I hope you create great pictures with this freebie ( & with the new green textures from the shop ;-))
If you have any questions sent me an email!
have a nice weekend,
Dirk

17 February, 2014

Stackables app release and midwinter promotion

Good Morning,

over last months I had the opportunity to contribute to an app that allows you to stack effects, such as textures, gradients, filters and geometric patterns on one another. This app has been released a few days ago and is now available in Apple's app-store. The funny thing is, that I am a newbie to smartphones and other modern mobile devices, but that couldn't hinder me contributing approximately 150 effects to the app.

If you want to know more on its features please go to:




So the one of the first things after I came to know that the app is now available was to order an iPhone. It came last Saturday and since yesterday I am taking pics & started to process some of them with the app.

I was very curious to see how it works and whether all the effects and texture formulas work the way I designed them on my iMac. Until now it is just as I imagined it, in some cases it even works better than I thought.

Results

I took this picture of a soccer field in my neigbourhood yesterday and processed it with a formula called "Orange Day" and I must say, I really liked it. This formula consists of 11 layers - 9 of my textures and 2 of the gradients -.

soccer field
I am still amazed how great this came out. Anyway there is a lot more to discover, if you like you can find out for yourself.

I am going to post some more information and pictures over the next days, so stay tuned.



PROMOTION until Sunday February 23, 2014

To celebrate the release of the app I decided to give a 20% discount on all texture packs that are available on my homepage. All you have to do is to go to my


After making your purchase you have to fill in the coupon code

MIDWINTERSALE


to benefit from the promotion. This promotion ends on Sunday February 23, 2014


06 February, 2014

Mexican Memories

Hello dear Readers,
again apologies for not posting more, but frankly I find it increasingly hard to come up with something new with regards to textures and real life demanded much time as well.....

Yesterday I opened a box with old analogue  photos and I sifted through them finding myself captivated by the all the recollections that came up looking at them. I decided to scan some pictures from a journey I made some 14 years ago. At that time I stayed at a friend's in Mexico. At that time he lived a few kilometers away close to the city of Oaxaca de Juarez. The pictures I wanted to show you are from a 5 day hike I made with another friend of mine, that took us into the mountains of Oaxaca in a sparsely populated region. As far as I remember I only chose pictures from our first day. I remember that it was a very exhausting experience making our way through the forests following an indigenous guide, that seemed to want to break some kind of speed record to get to our first stay.

Anyway it was an unforgettable experience.

All pictures were processed with some textures from various texture packs, that are now partly or even exclusively available in my shop on



First I want to show you the pictures and with a second post I'll explain some of my processing techniques...




This was towards the end of the first day we met many people that were on their way home.



I am always fascinated by the old lorries  and cars that you can see in Mexico. This one was incredibly noisy...




On our way  - the white stuff in the trees is usually used at christmas time to decorate cribs.



I was impressed by the diversity of the forests ranging from pine trees to palm trees, yuccas and all kind of other plants.



It was very dry. Spring time is usually the hottest time of the year in Oaxaca with a lot of dried trees and also always the threat of wild fires. But occasionally one encounters something in bloom.



This is the village were we spent our first night. I remember that it was a very quite village. The small pension were we stayed was run by the whole village. As far as I remember we booked this tour in an office that was run by a association of  villages that offered some kind of eco tours.




Housing was made out of a mix of wood, concrete elements often with sheet roofs. I remember that it was incredibly cold at night with the temperatures falling below zero °C and strong winds - as well as leaky roofs and walls that gave access to the cold gusts....

I hope you liked this kind of post from me and I think I will post more like that in the future.

Have a great day and thanks for reading!!

Dirk