Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Three New Free Textures for You!

Before we get to the textures, I want to thank all of you dear readers who visit here and especially those of you who leave your comments.  It warms my heart to get your points of view, little notes of appreciation and occasionally links to your wonderful works of art where you employ my textures.  It is pure inspiration to see the incredible variety of photo art produced by you all. 

So, three textures this week - each quite unique in its own right.  This first one is named "Old Master Dust" because I imagine the fairy pixel 'dust' finding its way from old master painters to you, to give your photographs a old, classic painterly feel.  I have included a few examples to give you a sense of what this texture can do.  Don't forget you can click on any of the images for a larger view.

To download (for free!) PDPA Old Master Dust texture, click HERE.

This is the photograph I am using to demonstrate what Old Master Dust can do.  The urn and other sculptures are permanent outdoor installations in front of a museum in Old Montreal.  I have featured the facade and other sculptures at the entrance to this museum on my other blog Original Art Studio.

Texture blended using Linear Light blending mode and reducing the opacity to 60%.  If I were going to mount and hang this image or sell it, I would certainly do a bit more editing.  The goal here is not to create a work of art (maybe later!), but to simply allow you to see what you can expect from the texture in different blend modes.

The Old Master Dust texture works really well on buildings or street scenes.  If I was doing more than just a demonstration of the texture, I would clone out the car and a couple of the street signs in this photo.

Old Master Dust texture was applied above in Overlay blend mode and left at 100% opacity.  You could further use filters to give the image an even more painterly feel.

When the same texture and photograph are blended in Difference mode at 85% opacity, you get a dimly lit  night scene, which I quite like.

To download this texture, "PDPA Cancel The Cost", click HERE.

Here the texture was added to a very ordinary photograph with a big, blurred leaf in the upper foreground.  Texture and photograph were blended in Hard Light at 100% Opacity.  I also made a Photo Filter Adjustment to bring in an extra hint of Sepia. 

Tip:  Don't automatically discard your less than perfect photographs - you can 'save' them with the application of a texture ... or two!

Here Cancel The Cost and the photograph were blended together using Hard Light at 100% opacity and a Photo Filter adjustment to add sepia tones.

This image is the marriage of a simple collage of mine with one of my paintings.  I merged the photographs of the artwork and the 'marriage' was processed in Difference mode at 85%.  I then added the Cancel The Cost Texture and blended it at 100% opacity in Hard Light.

Tip:  If you paint, collage or do mixed media art, try making composites of some of your photos of them to see what you can produce.  I have been pleasantly surprised by what the marriage of two different pieces can do.  Then, as above, you can add textures and come up with a piece of digital art - entirely different than your originals, but entirely YOURS!

The last texture for this week is called PDPA One Life.  To download click HERE.

One Life texture is blended in with Hard Light - opacity 70%.  A layer mask was used to remove some of the texture from the flowers.

One Life was merged with the same photograph using the blend mode Color Burn at 29% opacity.  Color Burn obliterates the script "one life" - I did not remove it with a Photoshop tool.

Yes, you've seen this photograph of a pear before if you are a frequent visitor here.

Pear and One Life texture blended together using Hard Light at 100%.  A layer mask was used to remove the texture from the pear and one leaf.

Well, that's it!  Now you have some new 'toys' for digital fun with your photographs.  I love to see what you come up with, so send me a link if you are so inclined.  Happy texturing to all!

Terms for Free Downloads:  You are free to use my 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 photo editing work.


  1. Truly gorgeous as always Bonnie. I absolutely love "One Life."

  2. cancel the cost has me intrigued...off to play...thank you thank you!

  3. Very beautiful textures again. Thank you so much for your generosity.

  4. Love the old masters and then scrolled down and even more creativie potential in the other two. Looking forward to a play session with these 3 textures at the weekend - thanks

  5. Bonnie...you are a true artist to come up with these gorgeous textures! Thank you for being so generous!

  6. Oh, what fabulous textures! Thank you again, Bonnie. I've tried all three already...on two photos. http://www.flickr.com/photos/26473210@N04/

    More to follow on my blog.

  7. Not surprizingly, my favourite is the Old Master Dust. I love how it gives your photos an other-worldly from-times-long-ago sort of feel. Great texture! I also love how the One Life layer on the pear picture lends a smooth/rough contrast to the composition. And what a great idea to use the curve of a page as background for the Cancel the Cost texture.
    You're cookin' with pixel dust, Bonnie!

  8. Wow Bonnie, thanks so much. These are great and I can't wait to start playing with them. I just got back from vacation and took lots of pictures to play with.

    Bright blessings,

  9. Just discovered your page, I will try your textures and send samples or links. Thank you.


    (logged in to my cats' blog)

  10. Tried Old Master Dust Texture



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