As promised, here are two new free textures just for you. I hope you like them and are able to use them to create unique pieces of photo art for your collection. I will provide a few examples of the effects that can be achieved with these textures.
There is much to be learned by observing our selves in the process of creating art. I have observed that when I am in creative mode I exhibit many of the characteristics of right-brain thinking. I become impulsive, impatient, emotional, non-rational, imaginative, impetuous, playful, child-like, etc. I share this information, in part, as an explanation for why I sometimes cannot recall all the steps I take in creating a piece of photo art.
While in my 'right' brain I have no time for words, lists, notations, explanations, procedures, rules - and so I usually neglect to name my layers in Photoshop. Yes, "my name is Bonnie and I am lax with layers"!
Of course, in that moment of impetuous creativity I am positive I will recall exactly what I did to produce the piece - but when I step away from it, and especially if I have flattened or merged the layers, I am often at a loss to recall precisely what I did. So ... please bear with me if my descriptions of my process are not as precise as you would like.
I would love to hear, btw, if any of YOU have observed anything similar about your creative process???
Okay - back to our textures!
PDPA "Dear John Letter" Texture. To download, click HERE.
Another of my less than stellar photographs.
Same photograph with the addition of the Dear John Letter texture. From memory, I think I processed this in Hard Light - probably reduced the opacity a bit. I can see a layer mask was used to remove texture from the flower - and I have a hunch I made a levels adjustment to increase the white balance a bit.
This lonely lion sitting on a patio by the brook once had a partner. During a wicked spring rain storm the brook rose to cover the field stone patio and this poor lion's partner floated away and is probably somewhere at the bottom of the Richelieu River by now! Let's see what the addition of the texture does for this photo:
After the addition of the texture, I blended it with the photo in Color Burn - because of the sparkle and blue Color Burn gave to the water. I reduced the opacity to 75% and used a layer mask to remove the script from the lion's body. (I see I did a little 'clone' work on the muddy patch of ground behind the lion before adding the texture. I probably sharpened the photograph as well.) I made a levels adjustment to bring in a bit more light and I gave a bit of a painterly feel to the finished image by applying the Filter > Poster Edge.
A sweet little pear from last year's harvest off of our old pear tree.
With the texture - processed in Overlay. Script removed using a layer mask. Levels adjustment to adjust light. That's it. That's all! Okay - now let's look at my favorite texture of the two I'm giving you this week:
PDPA "Artist's Easel" texture, 300 dpi. To download click HERE.
Let's apply the Artist's Easel texture to the same pear photo as above.
As always, I LOVE to receive links of any work you do that includes my textures. It helps re-enforce my instincts to give some textures away for free. If I never see them being used, I have to question why I put myself through all the work involved!
Please note that the hosting site Mediafire seems to occasionally have a big image up saying "File Cannot Be Found". Do not be deterred - this is referring (from what I have been able to discern) only to an image of the download. The actual download function still works - just look below that silly warning and you will see a "Download" button for you to click on. If you still have problems, simply contact me and I will find a way to get the textures to you - no problem!