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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…

Black Friday and Cyber week offer / Tutorial

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Hello,
it is that time of the year again to get the really good deals. So here is mine:

Save 20% on all texture packs for the next 10 days with Coupon code

CYBER16 
at thenCheck Out!

Promotion ends December 4, 2016


Over the last months I created some new texture packs that have a very painterly and also a nice soft grunge appeal. You get them here:

TEXTURE PACKS
I also wanted to give you an insight how I textured one of my latest images. Please take a look at the animation below to get an idea of the changes through colouring with the help of a gradient map and the application of textures.



Processing


The original picture was taken on a particularly foggy morning last March. It was nothing more than a line of bare trees on a nearby hill. So I only had these trees and a milky white sky.
But this also left me enough space to work with brushes (the birds) color and textures.

Some of you might know that I also have gradients and bird brushes to offer, if you like you can find them here: Dyrk…

Autumn is here - Time for new texture packs

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Hello,

I am back with two new texture packs. I have released the first one a week ago and you can have a look at it here:



As you might conclude correctlythis is intended for your landscape shots, but they work on other formats quite good as well.

They measure 6000px x 4000px each at 300dpi

I used a variety of different materials to achieve these subtle light grunge textures. I shot walls and surfaces in Mallorca and Italy - so these still breathe some summer air...

You can get them over on my Homepage for 14,90€ / app. 16,90 US$

SEPTEMBER LANDSCAPE PACK




A while ago I started taking painting classes. Apart from some more or less interesting paintings and drawings I was able to derive some textures from my efforts. I assembled a pack of 20 textures, that are all based on painted canvases. Some are mixed with other materials as well, but I think the painterly surface is well preserved.
I used these on a variety of photos and I find them particularly helpful and beautiful when used on mist…

Simple texturizing 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 colors of your image.

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 in PS to make things clear:

The first layer "Baltic Sands" characterizes the image, add…

MAYFAIR Discount & making of

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Hello,
after a quite long wait Spring has finally arrived where I live!
I wanted to celebrate its arrival with a discount on all of my

TEXTURE PACKS

that are available on my homepage. 
Save 20% by entering the coupon code 
MAYFAIR 
at the check out!
*discount is available from May 6, 2016 through May 15, 2016!

One of my images, that I processed with some of my textures:

Some information concerning the processing of this image:
- I processed two separate shots in Lightroom and merged them to a vertical panorama in Photoshop   this is what it looked like after that:

- I wasn't satisfied with the composition of the image, I need more sky! But instead of cropping it and making it smaller, I opted for Photoshop's Content-Aware Scale feature and cropped it to a square format.
- I already gave the picture a vintage look in Lightroom, but the addition of three textures from my  Spring Release collection made it perfect.

Here is a look at the layers in Photoshop:

I applied a layer mask to…

SPRING SALE 2016

Hello,

although I am still waiting for real nice Spring weather I wanted to kick off the new season with a big

SPRING SALE 
Save 20% on my texture packs from my homepage.
The coupon is valid through April 7, 2016 as far as you purchase s.th. for at least 5,00 €!!

All you have to do is to enter the coupon code  SPRING2016 at the check out.

You'll find my texture packs here: TEXTURE PACKS


Hope you have a wonderful easter holiday season!




Thanks very much!

New Texture Pack : Inspirations - 36 new fine art textures

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Hello,

I have a new texture pack ready for purchase - I called it

INSPIRATIONS
The pack consists of 36 large sized self made textures that cover primarily soft tones and rather fine patterns and textures.

You can purchase them from my site for 28,90 € (+VAT of your respective country within the EU!) here:

INSPIRATIONS Texture Pack

or you can purchase them at my CreativeMarket store for USD 29.00
here:
INSPIRATIONS CM - Shop








ExamplesNo. 1 DOLDRUMS
To give you an idea of the effect some of these textures have, I have assembled some before and after view of images I processed with these textures. To make it possible to  follow my processing with textures I also added screenshots of the Photoshop layers.







Doldrums Processing




No. 2 Majestic Mountains


Majestic Mountains processing
I know this looks rather complicated, but when it comes to the textures, it is rather simple. You might have noticed, that I used one of the textures in Normal blend mode (Night Storm layer). I recently like to do this, …

Making of - here comes the fear

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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…