If you are like me, you probably rarely use a texture on your best photographs. It's like, why 'gild the lily'? But if you like to try to save an average or poor photo, or if you are into making photo-art then textures are an essential 'go to' in your artist's toolkit.
I've been working on some FABULOUS (if I do say so myself) new textures which I plan to release soon. As a pre-release teaser and a little gift for you I want to share one with you here today. First, let me show you one way I used the texture.
After the application of the new texture, I blended it in Overlay at 90% opacity. (I did not want the text on the texture to appear on this image so I simply used a bounding box to pull them up and off of the photo.)
A Layer Mask was used to remove most of the texture from the foreground/bottom of the photo. In order to apply a filter, I merged the visible layers and then duplicated the merger. I then went to Filter>Artistic>Poster Edges and adjusted the Poster Edges sliders as follows: Edge Thickness>1; Edge Intensity>1; Posterization>2.
I liked the painterly, sketched effect achieved so added my signature and it was done.
I realize that some of you don't have the time or inclination for a difficult challenge. So to atone and in an an effort to be of help, I offer this background on which you could apply one or several photographs to make a piece of photo art to fit the prompt - if you are so inclined.
Yes, I call it a background, because it is not a texture. Generally you attain better results if you apply your photo images on top of a background, whereas you usually apply textures on top of your photos. Of course, I know you will find your own unique way to use this background - just as you can find YOUR own way to interpret the prompt 'figures' - for there are many interpretations possible apart from actual numbers.
To make pdpa Go Figure background I used a different layer in PSE for each number applied. It was a lot of work! I made this background ages ago so to the best of my recollection right now, the tape measure 'brushes' came from Marie Otero. Thanks Marie!
Oh ... you can download pdpa Go Figure Background by clicking HERE.
If you like textures with bits of text or script on them, you will love the two new sets just added to the Texture Sets Shoppe. Each set has six textures - five with text, one without. Hope you will check them out.