Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Let's Talk...

textures shall we??....

i haven't applied textures to my photos for awhile, not because i don't *love* them...

they simply take a little longer to get "right" than i have time for right now...

and by "right" i don't mean i'm doing them "right" just that they look "right" to me...

"right"...

okay then...

i thought i would show you a photo with different textures and opacities applied...

so here we go...

pumpkin photo no. 1...

sooc...

a little too something or other going on there...not great...




let's apply a couple textures...

pumpkin photo with textures no 1....




i applied a texture called leaves on metal {don't you *adore* the name} adjusted the layer to soft light with a 39% opacity...

another texture was added {i rarely use just one layer...i'm a multi layered kind of girl! ;0) } this layer was kim's autumn texture adjusted to vivid light opacity 42%

that's it...super easy, and makes a big difference...

pumpkin photo with textures no. 2...




i wanted something a little warmer....something with a hint of pumpkin orange in it...

first texture was kim's mustard seed texture adjusted to soft light with 95% opacity...

vintage autumn from florabella was applied next, adjusted to color with 48% opacity...

*love* how this one turned out...

i absolutely *adore* florabella's actions and textures...{check out her website for information about the up and coming release of her new set of textures...cannot wait!!}

pumpkin photo with textures no. 3....





i wanted to show you a heavily applied, grunged texture...

first i applied a worn and thin texture adjusted to overlay with 79% opacity...

kim's walnut texture was added next adjusted to soft light with a 38% opacity...

here are a few things to think about when applying textures...

*play around with what layer you adjust your texture to...i always like to try different layers, especially the hard light, color, or hue...it really penetrates your photo and gives you something you never would have thought of...

*opacity...can make all the difference...if you don't adjust the texture will definitely take over your photo and block out all the beauty you captured with your lens...

*add multiple layers of textures...mix and match...you never know what you will get...

*textures can be anything, not just what you buy and download...step outside, take a close-up of that rusty goodness, that beautifully aged barnwood...a brick wall with ivy...prairie wheat...where ever there is texture in your world you can apply it to a photo and make a one of a kind piece of artwork...

so there you have an afternoon full of prairie pumpkins with textures...

what about you? are you a texture girl...an action girl...neither?!?

i really spend WAY too much time messing around with BOTH... ;0)



25 comments:

michelle said...

Very cool! I love them all!! I am seeing a lot of the various textures in pictures now, I think I would love to see what I can come up with too! Thanks for showing these!!

Laurie said...

That is amazing! I really do need how to use my camera and photo editing!!! Love the pics...

Jackie said...

Really beautiful and thank you for sharing the steps you took with the textures. I LOVE textures (and also can't stop with just one)!

* French Farmhouse 425 * said...

~*LOVE the images..wow looks like art!! Hugs,Rachel~*~

Jackie said...

AND thank you for the link to Kim...visited her site and loved all those beautiful textures - she's really talented!!

Tracey said...

I like both, but I think there are more possibilities with the textures! I LOVE all 3 of your gorgeous photos! I'll have to try layering, that's not something I usually do, but I really like your results! Kim has fabulous textures doesn't she?!

Hugs ~

:) T

Theresa said...

love the textures! Sooooo cool! Theresa xoxo

Olde Tyme Marketplace said...

I want to frame them and hang um in my dining room!
:0)
Beth

Farmgirl Paints said...

I need you to come over and hold my hand and teach me. There I said it. I'm a dunce when it comes to any of this techy camera stuff. I use Picnik:)

FRENCH LAUNDRY said...

How beautiful! I don't mess with stuff like that....I'm afraid I'd spend WAY too much time at it. My kids would never be fed, my house would never be clean. Oh wait, that's how it is anyway...maybe I should give it a whirl!

Judy

slommler said...

Fabulous!! I loved them all!
I am definitely a texture kind of girl! I love playing with layers and filters too! But I can get lost into the play and lose hours. I guess that is a good thing! Ha!
Hugs
SueAnn

traci said...

i too like textures, just don't take the time to play with them. i should because your photos look great. one bitty boo + texture = loveliness!

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

I love this post Kristin! I really need to learn how to work with these applications, so beautiful!
XO
Kristin

Leah C said...

Oh yes, I'm definitely a texture girl! I probably spend way too much time playing with them, but it's so much fun:) Textures can really make a photo "pop"! Love all your photos, but I think #2 is my favorite;)

Robin said...

Textures are always fun to play with. It's not something I do on a daily basis but I use them alot for scrapbooking.

Maybe you already do this, but have you considered selling some of your photo's on etsy? I am a BIG fan of your photography and I'm sure I'm not the only one!

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

I just found your blog and it is sinply gorgeous!!!!I have just became your newest follower and will be back to look at more beauty:)
~Debra
Blog: Capers of the vintage vixens

A Cottage Muse said...

These are wonderful!

Skip and Faun said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE... Another post card. There you go. You have enough for quite the collection now!!! Awesome image!

Ellen said...

Beautiful! smiles...

Lipstick Gypsy said...

Hi Kristin!!
I just happened on your blog today and LOVE it!!I am following you now!!What a great slice of cowboy cool you share!!Not to mention your love for JUNK...GOOD JUNK!!I certainly hate to lure...however I am having a GREAT GIVEAWAY on my blog...lipstick-gypsy.blogspot.com.

Stop by and say hi!
Robin
Lipstick Gypsy

Heaven's Walk - said...

Yes! You could definitely create some really wonderful note cards with all of your beautifully creative photos, Kristin!! That last one looks like a true painting! :)

xoxo laurie

hometown girl said...

i love these! i have a few of kim's textures and love them and the florabella actions are some of my favorites! your photo is fantastic!! hope all is well! susan

Tricia - A Rosy Note said...

Okay Kristen, this post had me sayin' where's that follow button?These are all sooo pretty! I've been using actions, and I have some of Kim's textures, but I still have to figure out how to use them...ugh.

Best wishes :)

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pilgrimscottage said...

I rather like the third photo. The colors grab me.

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