Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Editing with textures

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Pin It I though it might be fun to do a post with some before and afters of a few of my edits using textures.
I use them sometimes with portrait sessions, and many times with my fine art images.

Using the right texture with the right image can take it to a whole new artistic level.
What was once an ordinary image, can be transformed into a piece of art, or a portrait with just the right amount of pizazz!

I have quite a few places where I get my textures from, so I though I'd link you to some of them.

Jessica Drossin Textures
Florabella Textures
Chasing Dreams Textures
Shadowhouse Textures  (free)
Joel Olives Textures  (some free packs)
Kim Klassen Cafe
Sarah Gardner Textures

That should be enough to get you started! If you have never used textures for editing, HERE are some videos on Jessica's blog to help you out or the Florabella blog.
Essentially using textures is just layering the texture jpeg image on top of your photo and using different blending modes and opacities to see how you like it. There are a million and one variations that can be done, in fact that's the problem many times, I can't decide which look I like best!
A lot of times I use the texture to warm up the image, so you won't necessarily see much in the way of actual texture, but just a tonal change.

So here's some of my examples-------

Now for a couple portrait sessions

14 comments:

Lori said...

I've said it before, but I'll say it again.  I love your work.  Not everyone has an eye for textures, but you incorporate them beautifully.

Sylvia Cook said...

thanks so much Lori! I appreciate it:)

Sylvia Cook said...

Maggie, be sure and watch the videos that I linked to. You'll soon be wanting to try!

Mary Bortz, M. Photog, CPP said...

I love the textures and color harmony

Monica Grimes said...

I am so in love with textures and you have used them beautifuly!  Thanks for sharing the links there were a few I hadn't heard of before!!

Macey Snelson said...

Beautiful edits!  I especially like the look of the textures on the floral elements.  Lovely :)

Jessica said...

Those are great before and afters! I adore the one of the lilacs! So soft and pretty :)  Your work is beautiful!

Huong said...

I think textures when used properly are fantastic. Your examples are wonderful! 

Rachel said...

I totally want the first shot hung in my room!!!

Liz G said...

I have textures but never tried using them...I think I will give a few a shot. I love how yours look.

Sylvia Cook said...

Rachel, it just happens to be for sale in my Etsy shop:)

Sylvia Cook said...

Glad I could introduce you to a few new texture places Monica!

Maggie said...

Oh, these are so pretty! I've never used textures; just not sure how to do it well. Love how you've used them to tastefully add something to your images. 

Jody Armstrong Thompson said...

Love your textures. Love the feel they give to an ordinary photo. :)

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