Sunday, July 31, 2011

Free Fine Art Textures


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.



I love what this texture does to the pear photograph when processed in Difference blending mode.  I adjusted the opacity to about 85% and tweaked the amount of light with a levels adjustment.  I tried adding poster edges to the image, but did not like the effect and clicked "Undo".  Love this one!!  Look at the burnished sheen the texture gives the little photo in Difference blending mode.

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!

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.


I am participating in The Creative Exchange hosted by Lisa from Lisa Gordon Photography, with the last image in this post.  She and her participants do amazing work.  Check it out by clicking on her button:


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

...art evokes a dream...




Art Evokes A Dream



With this image I am participating in Kim Klassen's "dream" theme Texture Tuesday.
I used Kim's texture "Portrait" on this image.
To view other participants' work, or participate yourself simply click
on her button.

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Saturday, July 23, 2011

...which head to wear...




Sometimes I feel like I just don't have my head screwed on right.  
(Or is it that I don't have the right head screwed on?)


The above image was created from three different copyright-free images from the Web,
 and my texture Old Ornate Linen
You can download this free texture by scrolling down into my previous post. 
There are actually two free textures waiting for you there.


I am linking the above piece of photo art with Your Sunday Best
hosted by the talented Nancy
of A Rural Journal.
Join her/us by clicking on her button!




Friday, July 22, 2011

Fab Texture Freebies

Yes, I already published this post on Wednesday evening.  But I figure there are some out there that only look for their Friday Freebies on Friday - as any sensible person would!  So I am republishing this post on Friday.  Have I confused you yet?  Good.  Now if you have not checked out the two free textures below - be my guest!  If you have already downloaded the textures, you need read no further.  :)

These two textures are cousins - made from the same base components.  To illustrate their differences, I am applying them to the same photograph using Hard Light blend mode in both instances.  See what you think.  If you think you can use them, simply click on the link to download.

I use MediaFire as one of my file hosting sites to facilitate the download of free files.  They have have a new intimidating, gargantuan sign saying "File Not Found" which has made a few of you click away thinking you cannot download.  If, however, you look below their large alert you will still see a "Download Image Here" button.  Simply click on it and you will be good to go. 

I think MediaFire is having trouble displaying the image of the download (the image is the file not found) - BUT the download capacity still works.  Just stay calm, look around the page until you see the download button and click.  If you have any problems contact me in the comments or by e-mail and I will make sure you receive the textures.  :)



Photograph.



To download this PDPA Old Ornate Linen Texture click HERE.



Here Old Ornate Linen has been applied to the photograph of the wildflower.  I processed it with the blend mode Hard Light adjusted to 85% opacity.  The texture was removed from the flower bloom with a layer mask.  The image was sharpened and a Levels Adjustment using the Output slider to desaturate slightly.



To download this free PDPA Linen Blind Texture, click HERE



The Linen Blind texture was applied to the same photograph using the same blend mode of Hard Light with the opacity adjusted down to 85%.  A Layer Mask was used to remove texture from the flower.  No further processing was required.  As you can see, this texture is a bit less ornate and vivid.  You also see more of a linen cloth texture.

BTW, I have noticed that the dark textures I offer for free downloads have fewer 'takers' than the more neutral ones.  Please don't be afraid of dark textures.  You can still achieve fantastic desaturated, dreamy looks with them if that is your thing.  All you need do is blend them in Screen, Lighten, Soft Light or Luminosity blend modes.  You are really missing out if you assume they are not for you!  Grab a dark texture and just experiment with it - they bring so much life to any photo.  Dark textures are a 'must have' if you like to create photo art.

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.

Monday, July 18, 2011

...a title please...




This image was created with copyright-free images from the Web.  (Click on it for a larger view.)  I have made several different variations of it - this one employs two textures by Kim Klassen, Stained Linen and Aurora.  This image does not yet have a title.  I am open to any suggestions you might have - but only if you feel like trying to think of one. :) 








 If you would like to participate in, 
or view all the images entered in
      Kim Klassen's Texture Tuesday,
       simply click on her button below.

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 If you like to use textures to enhance your photo art
 scroll down to my previous post for the two latest free texture downloads,
 or click on my Free For You tab under my header
 for all previous freebies.


Thursday, July 14, 2011

More Freebie Textures Just For You

Yes, it's almost Freebie Friday and I have been busy preparing a couple of special textures just for you.

Look what the first texture did to this little photo of exotic impatiens!  I blended texture and photo in Color Burn at 85% opacity and used a layer mask to lighten up the leaves around the flowers a bit.


Marrying the pixels of this photo and texture really made the petals and raindrops pop!  Yes, it's a dark image because of Color Burn, but I just could not resist the way the texture added sparkle to the water droplets on the flower in this blending mode.


SOOC photograph.


And here is the texture that makes that kind of magic.  I call it PDPA POW!  It adds intensity to all elements in your photo and really gives your colors some punch.  Yes you can get less dark results by using this dark texture in Screen, Lighten or Soft Light if you are not into the "pop & wow" possibilities as I am.

To download this free gift all you have to do is 'smile'  :-) and click HERE.  Are you smiling?


Oh, and look at this digital edit.  Don't you love the effect?


Took this SOOC photo of some Queen Anne's Lace growing wild where I often walk. 
It seemed to need a little something, so I added the texture below.


I call this texture PDPA Light Dust.  To achieve the effect above, I blended it in Overlay, reducing the opacity to 75% and using a layer mask to remove the texture from the flower and some of its stems.  It adds a nice golden border around any photograph. 

To claim PDPA Light Dust as yours, you simply have to click HERE,
 (smile - it won't work if you  don't)
 and follow the instructions from Mediafire for download.

I love receiving links to the images on which you apply my textures and do my best to visit and comment.  Have fun playing with these two textures and don't forget to read the terms for free downloads. 

Have a wonderful, safe summer weekend!


I am sharing the image of Queen Anne's Lace above in Nancy's weekly "Your Sunday Best".  I hear she has another wonderful giveaway for us (a painting from Green Tuxedo) - as well as her own beautiful photo art.  Click on her button to check it all out.










I will also be sharing the photo of Queen Anne's Lace in Lisa Gordon's, The Creative Exchange this week.  Lisa hosts a wonderful link-up where you can share your work with others and discover many other like-minded artists.  Click on her hydrangea button and join us!




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.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Tickled Pink

Kim Klassen has asked us to post photographs with a theme of 'pink' for her Texture Tuesday challenge this week.  Well, if it is pink she wants, it is pink I will post.  These images are all quite different - I would love to hear which one(s) you prefer.


Woodland shot with photograph of pink glass beads superimposed.  I then added a texture blended in Multiply with the opacity reduced to 75%.  A levels adjustment was then made to adjust white values.



A painting of mine that has had many different makeovers using textures and filters.




A photo of petunias with an as yet unreleased texture of mine blended in Hard Light - opacity 95%.




A photo of rhododendrons, with a variation of the same texture as the previous photo, blended in Screen, Opacity reduced to 45%.  I believe I then added a Dry Brush Filter and a  levels adjustment tweak increasing output levels to give it a desaturated look.

If you are into pink or textures there is still time to participate in Kim Klassen's Texture Tuesday.


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****And if you do like to use textures in your digital editing scroll down to my previous post
 and pick up two - for free!



Monday, July 11, 2011

Did You Forget Your Freebies?

Thought you might enjoy seeing the two different freebie textures posted Friday, applied to one photo.  Here is the photograph I decided to use to demonstrate some of the effects possible with each texture:




The first texture I will add to this photograph is "PDPA Blue Me Away".  Here's what we got:


To achieve this somewhat painterly look in PSE, I took the following steps:

Applied texture to photograph.
Used Overlay Blend Mode - Opacity 100%
Used a Layer Mask to remove most of texture from flower head.
Flattened layers.  Duplicated Layer.
Filter>Dry Brush - reducing opacity of dry brush effect to 37%



I then applied the other freebie in this post, "PDPA Ma Belle" to the same photograph.  HOWEVER, I decided to have a little fun.  While I love giving soft, romantic or faded vintage looks to photographs, I just can't do that every time when there are so many other fabulous options.  Here's what I came up with:

  
To achieve this look after applying the texture it was blended in Difference blend mode with an opacity of 90%.  I then went to Filter>Poster Edges and reduced the effect of the poster edges by changing the opacity to 29%.  I did a Levels Adjustment - bumping up the black to 17 and moved the Output slider to 20 to desaturate a bit.  Eh voila!

While this vivid, more abstract look may not be to everyone's taste, it does give you a feel for other looks you can achieve with textures.  I hope you will experiment with these two new textures and send me a link to show off your work.  I always do my best to comment.

So just scroll down.  Two free textures await you!

I am linking this post to the following photo sharing challenges:












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If it is Friday, it means it is time for a couple of freebies for YOU here at Pixel Dust Photo Art.  I know you can have a lot of fun with these two textures and, as always, I really appreciate links you provide to any images you edit with them.  

Have a wonderful week dear friends.


For your free download of PDPA Ma Belle 2 Texture, click HERE.




For your free download of PDPA Blue Me Away Texture, click HERE.



Terms for Free Downloads:  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 photo editing work.



Monday, July 4, 2011

...three roses...


Three roses.  A sweet gesture from my husband to represent each of our three children.  I enjoyed them first in their pure, essential beauty.  Now captured in a photograph, I have also enjoyed embellishing them with one of my 'gauzy' textures.





This is the texture applied to the photograph of three roses.  I call it "Pink Gauze".  If you would like to try it out on some of your photographs, you can download it for free by clicking HERE.


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This week, Kim Klassen's Texture Tuesday asks us to share a photograph that somehow incorporates the "threes".  I am sharing the above "three" image in her photo challenge. 

If you would like to participate or enjoy other entries, simply click HERE.

...everyday color and form...





This collage of playground equipment is my offering for Mosaic Monday,
hosted by Mary at Little Red House.  It's not too late for you to participate too.

If you use textures in your photo editing, scroll down to my previous post.
There you will find two free textures for download.  Enjoy!