Wednesday, August 31, 2011

... a new photo challenge ...

 



Photo Art FridayJust a quick reminder to start preparing the photo art
you might like to share at the new photo challenge
coming soon here at Pixel Dust Photo Art.
 
It is called Photo Art Friday
and begins the second Friday in September,
which is September 9th.
 
To learn more about how to participate
simply click HERE.




If you need some fine art textures to help create your photo art
 you can find great ones HERE or HERE.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

... orange you gonna take a peek? ...

This week Texture Tuesday has a theme of  "orange".  Here are my offerings:


A nasturtium bud enhanced with Kim Klassen's "Dream" texture.



A gerbera reaching for the sun, enhanced by Kim Klassen's MUSICART texture.



An orange day lily enhanced with one of my textures and given a painterly feel.



Scroll down to my previous post and pick up a free texture!

Monday, August 29, 2011

... are you ready for another? ...


Here's another free texture, made with care for you dear friends.  I hope you find it useful in your photo editing.  It is called Monet's Music because you should be able to achieve a painterly look with this fine art texture.  Do let me know how it works for you.



To download this pdpa "Monet's Music" fine art texture, just smile sweetly,
and click HERE!  :)



Above is a little piece of photo art created using the Monet's Music texture.  I made many little adjustments while creating this in PSE.  Here are the main ones:

Blended in Hard Light at 85% Opacity.
Layer Mask to remove texture from flower heads.
Levels Adjustment to tweak light to my liking.
Increased Saturation very slightly to bring out the greens.
Flattened layers.
Filter>Poster Edges - adjust poster edges down to 35% opacity.
More Levels Adjustments.
Another application of Filter>Poster Edges - 25% opacity.
Added signature.


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.



Thursday, August 25, 2011

...applying different textures to one photograph...

I promised to provide examples of textures, from these new texture sets, applied to a photograph.  Here they are!   First, here are the two sets of four textures, from which I am selecting the individual textures.


Set of 4 textures for $5.00 U.S.
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This is a photograph of a marble mosaic on the side of a building in Montreal.  I cropped out people beside the building and graffiti on the building.  You can see another building reflected in the glass window.



The first texture I applied to the above photograph is Monet Landscape from Set 1.  Since I am looking for an artsy feel, I used Difference blend mode, opacity 85%.  A Levels Adjustment was used to adjust whites and grays.  I also applied the Filter, Poster Edges and reduce the opacity of the edges to 30%.



Above I have applied Garden Notes from Set 1 in Difference blend mode, opacity at 95%.  I made a levels adjustment to bring in some white light.



Here, Garden Notes was applied using Overlay at 100%.  I duplicated the layer and reduced the opacity of the duplicate layer to 50%.



Here, Photography from Set 1 has been applied using Hard Light blend mode.  I then duplicated the layer and used a Layer Mask to remove some of the texture from the piece of art.  A Levels Adjustment was made to bring in more light.



Paris Postcard from Set 2 applied using Difference blend mode, opacity 85%.  Layer Mask used to remove some of texture.  Levels adjustment made to bring in more whites.



Photography blended in Hard Light 100% opacity.  Duplicate layer Layer Mask used to remove some of texture.  Levels adjustment to bring in more light.  Filter>Emboss used to achieve final effect.



Garden Notes blended with Hard Light 100%.  Duplicate layer and reduce opacity to 30%.


You have undoubtedly noticed that I am not the greatest of photographers.  I have a good eye in terms of choosing WHAT to shoot.  I do not yet have all the technical skills with my camera in terms of HOW to shoot.  Unfortunately, I am not improving the HOW as fast as I might like, because my goal is not to be a stellar photographer.  My goal is to produce beautiful photo art.

In fact, if I happen to produce a fabulous photograph, I am more inclined to leave it as is, rather than monkey with it digitally to 'enhance' it.  I'm sure you great photographers out there feel that way about your photography.  Photography is an art in its own right.  And sometimes we need to leave 'good enough' alone!

I say all this to help explain that the photographs I edit digitally usually have the potential of making a nice little piece of art even if they are not the best example of SOOC photography.  In fact, when out with my camera I am mainly looking for artfull possibilities rather than only photographic ones.

How you add textures and manipulate the pixels in Photoshop depends upon your goal.  If you are looking to enhance your photograph the steps will be quite different than if your goal is to create a little piece of art.  I like to make photo art from my photographs.

That is one reason why you will see that I often use the Difference blend mode.  It reverses the colors of your photograph and adds a drama and intensity that I like to use as a starting point to create art.

So as you work with textures I hope you will experiment with new and different ways to apply and manipulate them.  So many different looks are possible with one texture.  That is the special alchemy of  combining textures, photographs and Photoshop.



My favorite of the images edited above is the second - (Garden Notes from Set 1 in Difference blend mode).  So, now it's your turn.  I would love to see how you use the textures.  The possibilities are endless!


I have submitted one of the above edited photographs to "Your Sunday Best", hosted by my friend Nancy at A Rural Journal.  To visit Your Sunday Best, click on the button below.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Free Texture!!!

This is the texture that almost wasn't.  I had my finger on the delete key when I thought, "Oh why not test it?", and I'm so glad I did.  It's the best ugly texture ever! 

I just love how it performs in several blend modes.

 I hope you will give it a try - in spite of how it looks.
 
I dare you!


To download (for free!) pdpa grunge surprise texture:
Smile sweetly, and click HERE.  :)



Here Grunge Surprise is added to an unprepared photograph and blended in Overlay at 100%.  There are many post texture application manipulations that could make this a lovely image - but I wanted you to simply see what the texture will do in Overlay.



Here, Grunge Surprise is blended in Linear Light at 70%.  Again, many manipulations in Photoshop will make this a great painterly image, but I wanted you to just see what the texture does in Linear Light.



Another shot of a building with the application of Grunge Surprise processed in Color Burn with the opacity reduced to 55%.  This image needs a levels adjustment now - but you get the basic idea.

So have fun experimenting with this ugly texture that produces great effects!  Your feedback about the textures (especially in the form of links to your work with them) is always gratefully received.

If you also like beautiful textures, do check out the sets of four textures
on sale in my Texture Shoppe, for a nominal fee.

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.

the many textures of back to school

You can almost feel it in the air ... all the angst and excitement of going back to school.




On this image I used Kim Klassen's Chamomile texture in Color Burn with her Stained Linen Texture in Hard Light (reduced in opacity).


(If you like textures click HERE and check out the new sets I have for you!)



Monday, August 22, 2011

Magic Dust Textures

While posting less frequently during the month of August, I have been busy preparing some fabulous (if I do say so myself!) fine art textures for you.  The first two sets that I am presenting today, are entitled Magic Dust Textures, because they really do sprinkle a little fine art magic on to any photograph.
 
While they are richly textured, with a classic, old-world drama and appeal, their effects can always be adjusted to the liking of the artist/editor manipulating them: 
  • You can get a pale, dreamy effect by using Screen blending mode.   
  • For the most drama or impact try them in Hard Light, Linear Light, Difference or Color Burn, and use a layer mask to remove texture wherever you do not want it on your image.   
  • For significant yet modest impact you can always use Soft Light or Luminosity.   
  • Of course, you should always play with the opacity of any blend mode to achieve just the effect you want. 
(PLEASE NOTE:  The writing on the bottom left of the textures pictured in these sets is simply the name of the individual texture.  That writing (in white on the bottom left of the texture) does NOT appear on the texture you receive upon purchase.)


Set of 4 textures for $5.00 U.S.
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Set of 4 textures for $5.00 U.S.
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Over the next few days I will be sharing images on which I have used these textures.  I have no doubt you will love them all as much as I do. 

Oh, and not to worry, free textures are still a 'given' on this blog!



Friday, August 19, 2011

Hosting a New Photo Challenge!


I have decided to host a photography challenge here at Pixel Dust Photo Art, every Friday (to the following Monday) beginning September 9th, 2011

It will be called Photo Art Friday and will be a showcase of photographs that look like a piece of art.  I am SO hoping you will participate! 




You are producing beautiful artistic images all the time, so you do not have to do anything new or different to participate here.  Simply share some of your most artistic images - be they SOOC (straight out of camera) or digitally edited - an 'artsy' image that you might want to frame and hang on your wall.

A piece of photo art could be anything from a portrait, landscape, still life, abstract, grunge, vintage, mosaic, etc., etc., etc., image that was created from a photograph.  It would not be a photograph of one of your paintings or mixed-media artworks.  We want art created using your photographs as your canvas. 

The link-up post for Photo Art Friday will be published a little before each Friday - every Thursday at 7:00 p.m. EST - so the first opportunity to link up an image would be Thursday, September 8th, at 7:00 p.m. EST.  You will be able to link any time after that until the following Monday - every week.

So check out the simple guidelines by clicking the Photo Art Friday static page (under my header) and begin to think about a piece of photo art that you would like to feature here.  Easy peasy.

I will be publishing a couple more announcement/reminder posts about Photo Art Friday before September 9th, so that you won't forget!  :)




Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Free Texture Time!

Hi my lovelies ... how are you?  Here we are mid-week and mid-August already!  Is it time for another little texture 'fix'?  I thought so.  :)

I have two free textures for you today - one just slightly different from the other in tone and intensity of texture. 

I also have a little favor to ask of you ... would you be my 'tester' this week? 

All that is required is to download the textures and test them on a few different types of photographs (trying them out in several different blending modes and levels of opacity) - see what you think - and come back here leaving a comment with your feedback about each texture. 

I'm not easily wounded - so don't be shy to leave your honest feedback.  :)   It will help me with these two textures, and also to know a bit more about what you are looking for in a texture.

I have not had the time to test these two, but judging by past texture creations I think they should be good.  However, with textures, you just never know.  I have occasionally been certain I had produced a gem only to find, upon testing, that they did not produce the results expected.  So I thought rather than wait to post until after I had tested them, I would ask you to do the testing this week.  Are you up for it?



To download pdpa Fleeting Memory texture, click HERE.



To download pdpa Silent Memory texture, click HERE.


Can't wait to read the reports on the results of your testing!

 

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.


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

KK's Texture Tuesday




Kim Klassen's Texture Tuesday challenge asks for an image that can be linked with a movie.  I chose this image captured in Old Montreal and digitally enhanced par moi.  Can you guess what the movie title it represents might be? 


This version has only my texture on it.


To this version I added Kim's "ArtJoy" texture.

The diagonal line in both images comes from my texture which is an image out of a Thesaurus.  The diagonal line is the spine of the open book. 

Since there are many 'defining' words across the image, street signs in French and people wandering around, I thought the image could illustrate the movie, "Lost in Translation".  Okay, I admit it's a bit of a stretch!  :)



Monday, August 15, 2011

There's something afoot with textures!

Hi my lovelies!  Did you have a good weekend?  I think exhaustion today is my proof of a delightfully busy yet wonderful weekend! 

It's beginning to feel ever so slightly like Fall up here in Canada - just something different in the air.  A je ne sais quoi.  Everyone is busy preparing for 'back to school' in September.  Where did our summer go?

I promised you an example of one of last week's free textures used on a photograph.  While a little late, here it is:



I will use this "Artist" texture on my image.  You can download this pdpa texture by clicking HERE.



This image is a section of an incredible sculpture standing outside of an exclusive "boutique" hotel in the hot tourist section of Montreal, known as "Old Montreal".  Forgive me, I cannot give you the name of the sculptor.  (My head is hanging with shame and regret!)  The sculpture is a strange looking man aloft a strange looking horse.  Designed I think with tongue in cheek. 

I think there were more Americans wandering around the cobble-stone streets in the old section of Montreal this weekend than locals!  You could tell by all the English being spoken on the streets and, of course, by the license plates.  It was the perfect weekend for a cross-border get-away.



Above I added the "Artist" texture to my photograph blended in Hard Light at 85%.



Same components - blended this time in Difference at 85%.


Hope this encourages you to experiment with textures on your photographs.  If you just scroll down to my previous post there are two free textures waiting for you to download there.  More are available by clicking on the "Free For You" tab under my header.  Enjoy!  (Please read the Terms of Use for the free textures.)


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Free Fine Art Texture Time!



So folks, here are two more free fine art textures for you.  I hope you find them useful. 

It just occurred to me as I was setting up this post that the script on the first texture could be interpreted as a 'prison sentence'.  I intended it to reference our reverence for all life and our need to serve it in order to ensure its survival.  Oh dear ... lol ... 

Of course, as with most textures you can erase or move your texture in such a way that you eliminate or hide the script, if it does not suit your needs.

I will try to post some examples of my own work with these textures during the next week.  BUT ... we are finally having some comfortable weather here in the NorthEast, so please don't hold it against me if I opt to spend some time away from the computer.  :)



Download this pdpa "Serve Life" texture by clicking HERE.



Download this pdpa "Artist" texture by clicking HERE.


I truly appreciate how so many of you provide links to your work that incorporates my textures.  Can't tell you how inspiring it is to see them being put to such fine use.  Makes all the computer time, dead-ends and head-banging worthwhile!  ;)   Comments and becoming a Follower are also gratefully received gestures of appreciation.


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.


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

...little garden angel...



This piece of photo art received a finishing touch
 with Kim Klassen's texture "Stamped Softly"
 processed in Soft Light at 100% opacity. 

I am sharing this image with Kim's Texture Tuesdays.


Sunday, August 7, 2011

...fun with digital editing...




Oh, I'm loving what a little digital play can do!  The photograph below
was merged with a texture/filter offered free by Nick Fortune Photography,
to produce this color-popping edit.



The photograph I chose to merge with Nick's gift.



This is the texture/filter offered by Nick of
Nick Fortune Photography.  Thank you Nick! 
You can get it too by visiting his post here.

Look at how I used it in my photo art creation below:



After making this collage with four copyright free images on the Web -
I added Nick's filter to pull it all together and loved the results.



Now processed in Overlay at 60%



Processed in Luminosity with opacity reduced to 35%



And this one was processed in Hue and left at 100% opacity.  I quite like this one.