16 October, 2014

Pick Your Own ARTISTIC Pack - 16 new painterly textures added

Hello,
I have just added 16 new textures to the Build Your Your Own texture pack !!!



These were created over the last months some of them to be used in the app Stackables, that I am contributing textures, gradients and filters to.

The build your own gallery now features over 150 textures to chose from!

Prices are
10 textures for 7.90 € / 11 US$
20 textures for 14,90 € / 19 US$
30 textures for 19,90 € / 27 US$
40 textures for 24,90 € /33 US$

I processed the following picture with two of the new textures:




Fall 2014 discount
Remember there is currently a 15% discount on all texture packs. All you have to do is to enter the coupon code

FALL2014

at the checkout to benefit from it!

Thanks very much,
Dirk

10 October, 2014

Fall Frame - softly textured Vertorama / Fall Promo

Hello,
it is that time of the year again that I really love to capture.
I still have to wait for the right weather over here, but the forecast is very promising for the next days, so I better get my gear ready...

Going through my shots from last fall, my eyes fell on two shot. First I didn't realized that they had a lot of potential. These were ideal candidates for a moody and misty autumn vertorama.

A vertorama is a vertical panorama of two or more shots merged together in Photoshop or any other suitable software.  Have a closer look at this technique here:



First I'd like to show you the result of my work:
Please move over the picture to see the before/after

     
   

Preparing the files

I started out with two photos that I had to capture with different settings. 
I knew that I wanted to blend these two, but the problem was the dark foreground and the very bright sky with the sun about to come through the mist.

That meant I had to process them differently - I started with the bottom pic:


It was shot at 1/125 s Iso 200 and f 10

Apart from the tones I enhanced the foreground with a gradient filter and played around with the curves layer to get as much detail as possible without losing the misty softness. 

When I was satisfied it looked like that:



One can copy the processing of a picture and apply it on another shot in Lightroom, that's what I did with this, although I was sure that it wouldn't be perfect and that I had to correct at least the exposure.



The raw file looked like that:


It was shot at 1/400 s Iso 200 and f 10

I applied the settings of the first picture and had only adjust the light hoping that my corrections would be perfect for the merging.  I checked the histogram while doing the adjustments, but it only took a bit of playing around with the exposure setting to achieve a picture suitable for merging.



I skip the merging of the two pictures, because I covered this in a previous post that you can check out using the link I  posted at the beginning.

Textures

My goal was to keep as much of the atmosphere and tones as possible or even enhance the whole picture a bit by my choice of textures

Please take a look at the layers:


It took quite some time to find textures that added something interesting to this - Rose Mist was perfect, because it added a rough red frame to the sky - a perfect addition to the red bottom of the image. Worn Map brought a bit grunge and light to the dark tree leaves in the upper left corner of the picture. After adding the textures I only had to correct the red tones a bit and I was satisfied with the result.


Thanks for reading!

Fall Promo - save 15% on all texture packs

I am pleased to announce another promotion for the rest of this month.

Enter the coupon code

FALL2014 

at the check-out to save 15% on all texture packs !!

Start shopping here: Texture Packs

Have a great weekend!

Dirk