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.
SOME VERY SIMPLE TIPS (a few of you may not yet know) ON HOW TO MAXIMIZE YOUR USE OF TEXTURES:
- 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!