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Gradients and Textures

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Hi,
this time I wanted to bring in a new element that I often use, but never discussed or pointed out in one of my previous posts. The use of color gradients in the processing of my textured photographs. I became aware of the importance of gradients during my work for the app Stackables and now use them in my processing of iPhone shots more frequently.
I thought this misty forest scene could be turned into a mystical exquisitely work:



I wanted to use textures and enhance the colours which isn't always manageable  with texture only so the idea of using a gradient came into play. I was also keen on using some of my new textures to demonstrate how they turn this rather ordinary scene into something special and magical. 

Texture Choice
I added some textures with grit & grain to the last pack and thought that they would go nicely with this scene adding some kind of "fairy dust" to it. Here are the ones I chose:


You'll find this textures here: Mixed Specialties


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A new Texture Pack : MIXED SPECIALTIES & Discount!

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Hello,
I am glad to finally be able to present you a new quite interesting pack of textures. Some of these I have used on various pictures over the last few months. They cover a wide range from subtle grunge to grunge and grit & grain as well as light leak elements.
Anyway I hope they help you create unique works of art!


These 25 textures/overlays you can get for 17.90 € / app. 25 US $ please follow the Link:
MIXED SPECIALTIES

To celebrate the release of these pack I am giving a 25% discount on ALL texture packs including to new one for the time being!! You only need to  type the coupon code
MAY2014 
at the check out!

More on the work with these textures in the course of this week!
Thanks, Dirk

Making of WILD MOMENT

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Hello,
sometimes I really like to challenge myself, meaning I'd like to change something really ordinary into something special...which isn't always easy as you can imagine.

In case of the work at hand I had a vague idea what type of original photo I would need. Thankfully I remembered that there are some rather weathered birches close to where I live. So I went out, took some shots of them and returned home to begin with my work.

Please move over the picture to see the before/after, thanks!


I liked the white bark of the birches and also liked the other trees in the background, because they provided some darker texture, that I knew I could use later.

Step by Step description


- First I made a layer copy of the original picture. I wanted to have an overall dark appearance with only hints of colour. As the sky was very bright I had to find a way to darken it.  - I chose  a texture to achieve this. I selected the bright parts of the sky and only applied the texture on that part (…