Saturday, October 15, 2011

Simple Texture Tips and Freebies!

I'm simply 'over the moon' about the photo-art you have been sharing here every Friday!  Perhaps that is why I find myself in a creative frenzy lately - making so many wild and crazy textures that I want to share with you.

Thought I would express my appreciation for your participation in Photo Art Friday with the gift of a few of these freshly created textures to facilitate the making of your photo-art.  I'm SO excited to share these with you.

Please know that I am not setting a new norm by giving away 4 textures in one post.  I will be returning to the usual one or two texture offerings.  Yes, it's true.  :(   Just saying .... because I don't want to set you up to be disappointed when I only post one freebie at a time!

Know, too, that these are textures that will usually transform rather than subtly enhance.  They are really for creating art with your photos - but once you download them, you can, of course, incorporate them into your work in any way you want!  (I should mention that you can achieve paler effects with these textures if you blend them in Screen mode or Lighter Color mode.)  

Sometimes you just have to realize not every texture is going to be right for every photograph.  Part of the artistry is making the right 'match'.  Don't apply what you think is a beautiful texture to find it obliterates the aspects of light that could come through from the photograph.  Light is everything - do all that you can to preserve/create it in your photography and art.


  • Occasionally try rotating the texture.  Image>Rotate.  By rotating them you can produce very different looks with the same texture.

  • You can sometimes change the color tone of the texture.  Duplicate Layer>Adjustment panel>Photo Filter.  Experiment with the different shades of color using the slider with each photo filter selection to get the tone you want.  (Don't forget to make changes on a copy so that you always have your original texture download intact).

  • Use the little square bounding boxes, that appear around the edges of the texture when you use your Move Tool.  Pull with your mouse on those little boxes to adjust the texture on your photograph the way you want it. That way if you just want to use just a part of the texture, you can.

  • Sometimes you may want to lighten or darken the texture.  Duplicate Layer>Adjustment Layer Panel>Levels...  Use the black slider to adjust dark tones, grey slider to adjust middle tones, white slider to adjust light tones.  Again, work on a copy so that you keep your original texture intact. 

  • Play with the Opacity slider after most manipulations/edits.  Even if you initially like the look of the texture on your photo while it is at 100% Opacity.  Just slide it down a bit while watching your screen to see if you find something you like even better.

  • Try playing with your photograph first, (before applying the texture) in your photo editing program.   If you want a photo-art result that is more abstract, use some Filters (Liquify, Twirl, Splatter, Cutout, etc.) on your photograph to give it a different look before you apply your texture.  Don't forget that you can adjust the degree of the Filter effect by using the Opacity slider.

  • Remove texture from places in the image where you don't want it.  The best tool for this is a Layer Mask (using a soft, black brush).  If you work in older versions of PSE and do not have a Layer Mask option, you can download a free Layer Mask Action at Rita's The Coffeeshop Blog.  You can also use your Erasure Tool to remove areas of texture.

  • Don't forget that wonderful "Undo" option (in the upper right hand corner of my workspace in PSE 8).  If you make an adjustment to the texture/image that you don't like, simply click on Undo as many times as you need to get back to the pre-adjustment texture/image you prefer.

Okay, let's get to your free downloads!

To download pdpa Happy Day texture, click HERE.

To download pdpa Fanciful texture, click HERE.

To download pdpa Mauve Magic texture, click HERE.

To download pdpa Tangled Tendrils texture, click HERE.

Have oodles of fun with these!  Hope you will display some of the results right here at the next Photo Art Friday!

Terms of Use 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. You create the most unique textures I have yet to see. I love them. It's a pleasure to use them with my photos. Artography - gotta love it. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Thank you so much, these are just so unique! Can't wait to use them :)


  3. wow, thanks for all the freebies, and the wonderful tips too!

  4. Beautiful, my favorite is the last.

  5. Thank you so much for sharing these amazing works of art.
    I cannot wait to find the right photo to blend in with these.


    My wish was granted :-)
    I've been playing with it for two hours already.
    Thank you so much.
    It is absolutely beautiful.
    I'll have to come down to earth soon, as there is work to be done around here.

  7. Oh my gosh these are really wonderful. I'll be trying them out for sure.

  8. Hi Bonnie! Just wanted to say how much I love your textures and the chance to use them creatively every week. ! So much fun! Thank you! Jeanne

  9. Bonnie, I love your textures. They are so unique. I've not seen any quite like them. Thanks so much for sharing them.

  10. I am so excited to have found you, Bonnie! (through Marilyn at Studio 274). I have not worked with textures like yours before - they are stunning and I can't wait to start playing! I'm looking forward to participating (soon) in Photo Art Friday. Thank you for sharing your incredible talent!


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