30 November, 2015

Cyber Week 25% off and free texture

Hi there,
Save 25% on all my textures during this week with the coupon code

CYBER15

that you have to enter at the check out!! Please note, that the minimum purchase barrier is 5 €!!!

Valid until December 5, 2015!


You`ll find my textures here:



There are also considerable discounts today on my products on Society6 and Redbubble!







Free texture:
Sword
Aus Free Textures and Backgrounds
Thanks very much and have a great week!! Dirk

03 November, 2015

FallMagic Promotion and Making of Tranquility

Hello,

with my favorite time of the year in full swing I thought it about time for a promotion
 - get 20% off of every texture pack on my homepage. Only enter the coupon code

FallMagic 

at the Check Out to benefit from the reduction!

Go here for the textures:


This promotion ends November 17, 2015!


Making of TRANQUILITY




TRANQUILITY
   
Please move over the image to see how the picture looked before.


At the moment I more and more experiment with the NORMAL blending mode. I want a texture cover certain parts of a picture. Sometimes I want to get rid of parts I don't' like or as was in the case of this picture, I wanted to lessen the original texture of the grass and the bushes/trees in the foreground of the image. There was too much contrast that irritated me  and took much away from the overall mystic misty atmosphere.




I searched for a texture that matched the tone of the unprocessed image and found it in the texture "Elefant" from the Autumn Haze Pack

The other textures were taken from the new October Moods Pack

Thanks!


21 October, 2015

October Moods - New pack of textures out!!

Hello,
after some time I finally have finished a new pack of fine art textures!


is out!

You'll get 40 textures I created over past few months that range from soft grunge to distressed and are all of a more neutral mellow tone.

They are available for 28,90 € (+ VAT  within the EU) // app USD 33,00


Here's a first look at them:



Get them here: OCTOBER MOODS

Over the last time I have used them on some of my images here is a bunch of them with a before/after view if you move with your mouse over the picture:

1. Fainting
This is an example with some more heavy texturizing - I used Thunder at 93% Multiply and Vintage Scroll at 60% Soft Light to brighten the hole image a bit.




2. Pioneer
 Another example with a more subtle texture processing
I wanted to add some structure to the vast sky. It was achieved with these  textures:
Crumpled - 39% Multiply and Weeds in Ice - 41% Overlay


   


3. Silent Days

This hazy winter scene was captured at the end of last year on a very wet and hazy day. The texture is mainly visible in the background and I used Shell at 30% Multiply and First Frost with the same setting (30% Multiply)


   

These are only three of several images I have already processed with these textures You can find a gallery of these here:  October Moods Images
I think I will post many more images there and also do some tutorials with the new textures as well.

Thanks for now,

Dirk

17 July, 2015

Creating a painterly landscape with textures & layer masks

Hello,

I wanted to show yow how I changed a rather normal photo of a river scene with some fog into a pictureque & painterly work using textures.

Let me start with a before/ after view:
please move mouse over the picture!

River and Mist



As you can see I have achieved a very painting like look reminding one of dutch or french landscape painters of the 18th and 19th century.

While I was working on this picture it became evident, that I had to control or manipulate the light in this picture. I felt this image offered quite some possibilities to do this, because of the large area of diffuse fog glow in the sky.
 I used 5 different textures and they would have made it impossible to achieve this look, if I hadn't erased them in part with the help of layer masks in Photoshop.

Use of layer masks and textures

Please have a look at the processing with and without the layermasks, if you move yor mouse over the image you can see the result with layermasks.


Before and after layer masks
   

The light in the sky and on the river and on parts of the forest were darker, there were also more distracting elements of the "Deep Sea Currents" texture visible in the darker parts. By erasing parts of certain textures in the middle of the image I achieved a brighter and more varied light distribution that still appeared to be natura.

Please take a look at the layers



Use and effects of textures:

Deep Sea Currents: added alight blue hue and some subtle brush strokes in the darker areas. I erased most of it in the lighter foggy parts
Foggy Sea - I chose this, because it has a great canvas texture and a metallic glow
Sky Drama - I loved the orange/red tint it added to the greenish mid tones
Rome - wanted to add some clouds & a warmer tone to the sky - erased some of the dark cloud parts in the bright areas of the image
Coffee Clouds - Insentified the yellow tones in the brighter areas

Curves - I always play around with the final light and contrast which let to some
Selective Color adjstments - this is something that varies to personal tastes and is not always necessary.
I took these textures from the following two texture collection, that you can find here:

30 Fineart Textures "Spring Promise" and 25 Colorful Textures "Spring Release"


Thanks for reading & have a nice weekend!

Dirk

04 July, 2015

Texture Bundle & Gradients & recent new work

Hello,
some of you might know that I also have a texture shop over at Creative Market.com.
You'll find my shop here:

Dyrk's Texture Pit


Recently I put together a set of texture packages and gradients at a considerably reduced price.
You can save 50%!!!




These are the files contained in this bundle:




Please take a look here for more information:

Big Texture and Gradients Bundle


Some of  my new stuff:







More new works can be found here: New on my Homepage


Have a nice weekend!


22 June, 2015

Work in Progress: Creating a new texture III

Hello,

it's been some time since I wrote something about creating my textures. A friend of mine, who is an abstract painter invited me to join one of his classes and I gladly accepted the invitation to learn a bit about working with a REAL brush.

I couldn't resist to utilize parts of my works for the creation of new textures, so excerpts of what I painted will show up in future textures...

So far I created about 5 textures that I really like and that work quite well with photos.

So here is one of them:

Negative Paint


I can't go into too much detail of how I finally arrived at this texture, because I think it would become to detailed and too long, but here's some insight into its creation:

Here are the basic photos I used:

1


2


3


4


So how did I arrive at the texture?
I started with picture 2. Its very grungy surface was the starting point and is actually a photo of the workroom floor.

2nd and 3rd layer was picture 3 that I blended with hard light and also rotated by 90° (3rd layer) - it led to some quite nice brush strokes and patterns.

4th and 5th layer consists of picture 3 this time I chose Multiply at a low setting (33%) - that made the whole thing darker and added some nice colors.

6th layer was picture no. 1. I really was curious to see how these letters would fit in. This time Darken (50%) was the best blending mode.

Unfortunately I didn't like the colors too much, so I just added an invert layer and liked the bluish tones much better that you can see now.

Still the resulting texture was much too grungy so I reduced the contrast with curves and worked on the tones in the blue channel.

I also made the whole texture a bit brighter (using Levels) and merged the whole thing to erase irritating parts of the texture. That meant cloning and copying parts as well as using Photoshop's Spot Healing Brush.

So far I am quite satisfied with the new textures. Still don't know when I will make them available though. Stay tuned....and see for yourself:

Processed with Negative Paint & 1 other texture:



You'll find my textures here:

Texture Packs

Thanks & have a nice day!
Dirk

28 May, 2015

Sentinel OLD - Film Look and May Promotion still on until June 6, 2015

Hi,
just a short reminder, that the May/June promotion is still on! It will be running until my B-day ....

Get 20% off of every texture package until June 6, 2015 using the coupon code


MAY2015

at the Check-Out!!



I like monochrome landscapes and the image I selected was quite some challenge to process. It had very strong contrast differences when I shot it and overall it turned out too dark. Nonetheless I wanted to shoot the lone tree standing on the mountain side. Because of all the dark rocks, the shadows and the very bright sky colours were not an option, so I decided on a b&w conversion in Lightroom, adding a light dark red tint to the shadows.

To add some texture and interest to the shadows I used two textures from the

Vintage-Film-Photography-Pack

because I thought this would be an ideal candidate for an old film look.



   

Processing with textures was quite easy as you can take from the screen shot of the layers in Photoshop:




That was all!

Thanks,
Dirk

09 May, 2015

Chandelier: A Quick Edit - with a vintage frame texture

Hello,
sometimes I tend to overdo processing and I later have to take away layers and things I did, but other times I can surprise myself with a rather minimalistic approach.

Sometimes it is enough to work on colors or in the case at hand the right monochrome hues and only one texture to turn some seemingly ruined or unspectacular capture into something beautiful.

Please move your mouse over the picture to see a before/after of the image:

Chandelier
   

I think it is also worthwhile to post a screenshot of the unprocessed RAW-file:




I really liked the filigree web and the dew drops covering them, but there was so much chromatic aberration (or was it the light breaking in the water beads) that I thought nothing could be done to save this picture.

I finally made one last attempt and tried a b&w conversion in Lightroom. (see above picture for reference)


Processing on the converted picture was quite easy it took only one texture and some light and tones corrections to achieve the final look.

Here is a screenshot of the Photoshop layers:




I only needed one of my frames/old photos textures from my build-your-own-texture-pack
set at 100% Multiply and got my vintage look.

You can also find similar textures here: Vintage-Film-Photography-Pack

Please don't forget there is still a 20% discount on all texture packs if you use the Coupon -- code

MAY2015 
at the check out"

*promotion ends May 31, 2015


Have a great weekend!
Thanks,
Dirk

05 May, 2015

MAY Promo get 20% off every texture pack!

Hi there,
the wonderful month of May is here again and its about time to celebrate this with another discount on my textures.

Get 20% off every texture pack by entering the promo code

MAY2015

at the check-out.

Promotion ends on May 31, 2015.

You'll find my texture packs here: TEXTURE PACKS



As it is SPRING you might like to purchase my latest pack of spring inspired textures:


I used two of these textures in this picture:

   



I used JEANS at 66% overlay, but also applying a mask and blurring the interior of the texture, ti keep the reds of the foreground more lively I also masked parts of the texture.

The other texture used was FORTRESS which added a subtle stone texture to the image. (40% Multiply)

Have a look at the layers:



Thanks and have a great time!
Dirk

10 April, 2015

New Pack of Vintage Paper Textures out! + making of + FREEBIE

Hello,

I just released a small pack of vintage paper textures and backgrounds that you can find here:


Price: 15 US $ / app. 13,90 €


15 Vintage Paper Textures

I scanned and photographed all kind of old letters, cardboards, books and other stuff to create them.
As you can see these are not merely the plain papers, but I combined them with other structures and textures...

Anyway, I hope you like them!


Example


Foggy Day

Please move with your mouse over the picture to get a Before/After impression.


I used three different textures from the pack to achieve the vintage look. Here is a screenshot of the layers in Photoshop:

Layers Foggy Day
    I didn't even need to make adjustments to the lights and contrast.


FREEBIE 

I made a lot of paper textures and I got a lot of variations one of them I'd like to give away before the weekend. You can download this texture from Picasa.

DOWNLOAD HERE



Aus Free textures

Of course, you can still find a great variety of textures on my homepage here:



Thanks very much and have a great weekend!
Dirk

17 March, 2015

SPRING SALE

Hello there,
with the first warm days awaiting and the official beginning of Spring only days away I wanted to celebrate its coming with a new discount!

Let's start with a Spring sale*.

The only thing you have to do to benefit from it, is entering the coupon code

SPRING 


at the check out to get 15% off of every Texture Pack that you buy.

Please also take a closer look at my new Spring Promise Pack !!

*Sale ends on March 26, 2015!!


I used 2 of the new textures Black Sea and Clouded Well to subtly texturize this abstract image.
Please move over the image to see an before and after comparison.


   
Have a wonderful start into SPRING!! Thanks, Dirk

04 March, 2015

SPRING PROMISE Texture Pack Released & Spring Discount

Hi,
after quite some while I am glad to announce the release of a new pack of textures.

All of them I created over the past weeks or even months. As always there is a wide variety of unique textures from soft to grungy and from neutral to colourful.
Please click on the picture to see a larger version or go directly to the gallery on my website:


SPRING PROMISE PACK



Spring Promise Pack



You get 30 unique texture for only 26,90 € (+ % VAT within the EU) / that's app. 30 US $.


To celebrate the release of the pack you can get a 10% discount using the Coupon code

SPRING15


at the Check Out and what really cool is , the code also works with other packs ;-))

The discount ends on March 15, 2015



I used three textures from the new pack in this creation
Remains
   


More on the work with these new textures and a making-of later...

Thanks very much!

Dirk

25 February, 2015

Making of Hawthorne Berries and use of "NORMAL blend mode

Hello,

today I want to get back to some simple texturizing tip. The use of the "Normal" blend mode. This is often much better than any other blending mode when it comes to bring out the fine fabric of a texture.

I often use this when I take a rather soft grunge texture such as the ones in the Frames-and-Edges-Two - Pack in my Creative Market shop.


Hawthorne Berries before and after
   
I only used two textures in this image one was Dirt Frame and the other Mont Blanc .

The Normal mode works best with soft textures, that are not too dark, meaning I' d rather use lighter textures because of the later adjustments and of course they don't tend to overpower the original picture.

Take a look at the layers:




To keep the details of the frost on the berries I used a layers mask and erased parts of the texture with a soft brush at a very low Flow setting of about 3-5% and an Opacity of 100%.

The Mont Blanc layer added a bit more of frame and smoothness.

Using the Normal blend mode reduces the contrast drastically, but that can be remedied by adjusting it with the help of the Curves tool.


You can get both textures or similar ones here:

Frames-and-Edges-Two

or as part of a texture pack that you can create yourself here:

Build-your-own-texture-pack


Thanks very much!

Have a nice day,
Dirk

31 January, 2015

Cloudscape - Abstract Skies Textures and Backgrounds & Weekend FREEBIE

Hello,
I made a set of abstract sky textures and backgrounds, that I use in my work.
Hopefully you can use them in yours as well.
You can purchase them over at CreativeMarket:






I  use them whenever I have a dull white or even blue sky or whenever I think the texture adds something special and unique to a picture.

Here are two examples where I used at least one of the abstract skies to add clouds or to replace the sky - please move over the image to see a before picture

ash and bone




above the roofs of Blois

Texture FREEBIE

It has been quite a while since I last had texture freebie, I promise to better myself ;-)
Here we are - please click on the texture to download from Picasa.


evening glow
Aus Free textures
Have a great weekend & be creative! Dirk

28 January, 2015

NEW - 12 Blue toned textures for photographers ( + 3 FREE bonus textures)

Hi there,
I've just published a new set of fineart blue tones textures over at Creative Market. These 12 unique textures come with 3 bonus textures and you can get them for only 13 US$.





Shades of Blue II
Just to show you how they work, here is a before/after picture I texturized by using only two of the textures:



Easy to use: take a look at the layers in Photoshop


Thank you very much & be creative!
Dirk

23 January, 2015

Making of Aimless Wanderer & creating a MATTE look

Hi,
today I wanted to show you a technique that helps to enhance the moodiness of a image. With the help of Lightroom's gradient tool or/and Photoshop's curves tool you can clip the shadows to achieve a matte effect.

Images that were treated this way also work well with textures.

Please move mouse over the picture for a Before/After look!


   


Working in Lightroom


After the playing around for a while the gradient curve looked somehow weird, but the the shadows looked faded & pale:



The important part you can see on the bottom left. I dragged the curve up, thus making the dark parts paler. I also used the sliders as you can see in the second screenshot to get the mood I wanted.



Here is a Before/ After view of the processed image:


The shadows in the right part of the picture are lighter & more pale/matte. It also seems to add more fog/haze to the overall image.

Working in Photoshop


Apart from some manipulations I wanted to show how I further texturized the picture as well as added even more mood by using a color gradient and the curves tool.



I only used subtle textures, Baltic Sands from the Vintage-Film-Photography-Pack and

Both have a frame and are based on old tintype / glass plates.

The impression of the colorful rising sun was achieved by using a color gradient. 

You'll find a bunch of my gradients over here: 30-fine-art-retro-color-PS-gradients
The one I used is part of this collection.

The textures and the gradient led to darker tones and stronger contrasts and made it necessary to once again work on the matte effect.

The technique is the same as in Lightroom - you simply drag the curve up a bit and the shadows become paler...



Thanks again for your interest and be creative!!!

Have a nice weekend!
Dirk