Thursday, June 16, 2011

Your Friday Freebie

Here is this Friday's free texture.  It is called "Vintage Blues 1" (300 ppi).  The addition of dark blue, burgundy and, of course, sepia tones are sure ways to add a vintage look to any photograph.  Add in a bit of crackled texture and some old calligraphy and you have a winner.  I hope you like it as much as I do. 

Remember, no texture looks good on every photograph and part of the artistry we are developing as digital editors is knowing what texture to pair with what photo.   Sometimes it is a question of choosing the correct blending mode, adjust the opacity to the right degree, removing parts of the texture that interfere with the look you are trying to attain, etc. etc. 

Also, don't forget to look at your finished product to see if the level of light balance is correct.  Check the histogram of the texturized image by clicking the Levels Adjustment Tool, and you will see if it needs a light, dark or mid-tones adjustment. 

For your free download of PDPA "Vintage Blues 1" Texture, just click HERE.

Don't forget to scroll down to see the effects you can achieve with this texture
 and to read the Terms for Free Download.

This is the SOOC photo to which I applied the "Vintage Blues 1" texture.  Before applying the texture, I made a levels adjustment to bring in some much needed light.

With the levels adjustment made, I added the texture and in the above image chose Vivid Light Blend Mode Opacity was left at 100%.  A Layers Mask was used to remove script in the texture from the flowers.  Finding that the image now had a bit of a painterly feel, I ramped up the painted effect by using Filter>Artistic>Dry Brush.  White/dark balance was tweeked with another Levels Adjustment.  Click on the above image for an even larger view.

Same image, same texture applied after a levels adjustment to bring in some light.  This time the above image and texture were blended in Screen mode, leaving the Opacity at 100%.  A Layers Mask was used to remove script from the texture off of the flowers.  Pioneer Woman's action "Edge Burn" was used to slightly darken the edges of the image, and the Opacity of it lowered to 20%.  Click on the above image for an even larger view.

Terms for Download:  You are free to use these textures to enhance your personal or commercial artwork.  Please do not claim them as your own work, regift them or sell them as is.  I also ask that you do not use these textures with the addition of slight adjustments to make your own textures.   Copyright still applies after download.  I am only agreeing to forgo copyright once they are incorporated into your own art or editing work.

As mentionned in previous posts I love seeing the work in which you incorporate my textures - so please (pretty please!) send me a link to your creations.  If you take the free texture, a thank you (while not essential) is always appreciated.  :)

To see more pics of peonies with my textures, visit my other blog Original Art Studio.


  1. Awesome texture, Bonnie. I can't wait to use it. You might want to drop by my blog to see the photo I created today using one of your textures. I think it turned out beautifully. :)

    Have a great day!

  2. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Only my red peony is blooming, but I'm hoping some of the others will come before long. The composition of your image is beautiful, to begin with. The texture is fabulous...and I'll be experimenting with your recipe, for certain.

  3. This is just gorgeous Bonnie, and thank you so much for sharing!

  4. I usually prefer pictures with some colour punch to them but I am LUVIN the third version of your photo. So pretty!

  5. You have done a fabulous job with this combination. The foreground and background really enhance each other.

  6. I love the last edit, it is gorgeous.
    Have a nice weekend!

  7. An excellent texture suggestive. Delicious colors. I really like these flowers, delicate and very attractive.

  8. Beautiful! Each process gave the same photo a different look and feel to it. Thanks for sharing your formulas, your textures and wisdom with us.

    Bright blessings,

  9. FYI -- I used this texture on one of my photos today and it turned out great (I think!)

    Thanks again, Bonnie, for all that you do!

  10. Gorgeous texture wonderful photos!! Thank you for the lovely freebie!!


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