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Feather Light

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I got a new macro lens for my lovely little SonyA7 a couple of weeks and I can definitely say that it’s money well spent! It’s a Sony 90mm F2.8 and the results are beautifully clear and sharp and it has wonderful bokeh. I’m looking forward to having more time to play with it. In the meantime, since flowers are in short supply here with it being winter, I’ve been taking macros of anything that catches my eye, kitchen tools, fences, things from the workshop and feathers!

This was processed quickly using just one texture and a new Nik Preset.
Renaissance Brush @ Soft Light 74%
Nik Preset Fly 5 Frost
And that was it! I love simple processing :-)

Renaissance Brush is from the Distressed Painterly Pack and the Nik preset is from the new Fly 5 Preset pack.

Please visit our Pack page or Combo Pack page to buy Flypaper Textures. Or our Preset Page to buy Nik Presets.
We recommend : Topaz filters !!

Summer Sale and Preset Launch

Fly-5--Mosaic-web

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Welcome to our latest Preset release and Summer Sale!   First the Sale, simply enter the code Summer and you’ll receive a 20% discount on anything in-store including these new presets, but get in quickly, the sale will finish on July 26th!

This 5th pack of 40 Fly Nik Color presets are a mixture of subtle and dramatic and are perfect for jazzing up your holiday imagery, for use with textures and without, the sample images pictured above are mostly without so you can get an idea of their effects, a few of the above images are not yet published, but we’ll blog those shortly using some of the presets in this pack.
Just a taste of things to come over midsummer!

Downloads of this very small file are fast and they just need to be unzipped, normally by double right mouse clicking. Then open a picture in your Nik color pro efex and press the Recipes button at the bottom of the left hand column; at top of the recipe menu click – Back – then look to the bottom of the page list to see – Import – click import and a loading page will open, find your unzipped preset file, open and simply select all the presets inside the folder and import. Your collection of new presets will then be found in its own recipe list. Each Preset begins with the handy preface: Fly 5, so you’ll always know this set from others.
Please note, if your copy of Nik color Efex Pro, isn’t newly updated and registered or if its only a trial version, the importing and saving of presets is not possible. If in doubt try downloading this single free preset ‘Here’ as refunds of unusable presets cannot be given due to the nature of software downloads.
A tutorial on installing the presets (including screenshots) can be found HERE
To purchase, please click on the Add to Cart icon. A download link will be sent to you after you’ve made your payment.

40 Presets for Nik Color Efex
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$8

Find our other Preset Packs and the new Preset Combo Pack HERE

Lacewing Texture with Misty seed heads

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I shot this very early one misty morning back in the autumn with my new Iphone 6 plus. It’s a view looking back towards my girlfriends house up in the French Jura which is surrounded by mature pine trees. Would have been great if a light was on in the top window, but I like it as is or I would have photoshopped one in!

We’re both now using the top half of this image as a screensaver, works really well with the all over cracks, like a wallpaper. Ive tried others since but I always come back to this, like coming home!

Shooting – contre jour – against the light with the billowing mountain mist cloud as a backdrop, I got a very sombre mouse over for base image image and a skeleton of a plant, so it needed a lot of help brightening, firstly I opened it up in Nik Color Efex and created a new preset (for the next pack!)
Then I opened this brightened image in Topaz Impression and created another painterly preset, but as usual only used 50% opacity of that filter.

Finally, the exciting bit was to use our new unpublished at that time, cracked texture now fittingly named Lacewing and voila, it pulled it all together! I used a few more Flypaper Textures to also brighten, balance and warm up, but it’s the new cracks texture that finally made this image for me!

Sakura Skies – Soft Light @ 78%

Lacewing – Multiply @ 68%

Casanova – Soft Light @ 100% totally desaturated of colour

Sakura Skies is from the Spring Painterly collection. Casanova is from the August Painterly collection and Lacewing is from the Distressed Painterly pack.

Please visit our Pack page or Combo Pack page to buy Flypaper Textures. Or our Preset Page to buy Nik Presets.
We recommend : Topaz filters !!

Hydrangea Blue

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Not another hydrangea I hear you saying :-) I’m of the opinion that you can never have too many! They’re such photogenic flowers especially my favourite blue variety. This was textured with a mix of old and new Flypapers, one texture came from our ever popular Summer painterly pack and one from the brand new Distressed Painterly.

Cobalt Cloud @ Linear Light 13%
Cobalt Cloud @ Multiply 4%
April Frost @ Hard Light 100 % masked gently from the focus area
At this stage it looked okay but to enhance the blue tones I turned to Nik Color Efex and used a blue Cross Processing filter.

Cobalt Cloud is from the Summer Painterly pack and April Frost is from the Distressed Painterly pack.

Please visit our Pack page or Combo Pack page to buy Flypaper Textures. Or our Preset Page to buy Nik Presets.
We recommend : Topaz filters !!

Distressed Painterly Launch

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Although delayed by server problems, at last, our first new textures set launch of 2015!
Always wanting to give that bit more with each new Flypaper pack, for this new Distressed Painterly pack, think Shabby Chic!:-)
Think of it as a kind of two-part pack with traditional grunge painterly goodness to first texture your images in the time honoured way and then why not go the whole hog and Crackle Glaze them! The choice is entirely up to you, with this packs 45 king sized textures there is something to please everyone, for our loyal traditional grunge texturers and our newer painterly fans who have requested cracks on many occasions!
This pack contains a mellow toned mixture of painterly grunge textures with added innovative organic cracked textures to finish your painterly imagery!

Many Flypaper fans have seen our recent results with these textures trails and feedback has been 100% positive with requests to know when they’ll be for sale, well wait no longer, these are now out today! Over the next few blog posts we’ll show how easy they are to apply, but just quickly now, we suggest you try them in ‘Multiply’ layer mode at around 50% opacity.

The Distressed Painterly Pack contains 45 mostly rectangular shaped textures  with a minimum size of 6000 by 4000 pixels (some are as big as 9000 px on the longest edge) and are at industry printing standard 300ppi.

All our textures can be used in any editing programme that supports the use of layers, Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Gimp etc You can also use our textures on your iPad, Android and smart phones if you have the Photoshop Touch app installed. You can only use them in Lightroom if you use an add-on that allows Lightroom to use layers such as Perfect Layers.
To download, click on the add to cart button, a download link will be sent to you upon payment.

Distressed Painterly

45 Distressed and Painterly Textures

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$40

Textures in the pack are April Frost, Azurite, Beaux Arts, Belle Epoque, Blaue Reiter, Blue Lacewing, Byzantine, Cracked Facade, Cracked Pointillism, Cracked Taupe, Craquelure, Danse Macabre, Die Brucke, Diptych, Erebus Ice, Fauvist, Forest Patina, Frosted Scrumble, Frottage, Grisaille, Intaglio, Jet Trails, Lacewing, Marguerite, Millennium, Mimesis, Montmartre Crack, Moody Blue, Muddy Boots, Obsidian Cracks, Organza, Peach Lustre, Peinture, Pink Tempera, Quattrocento Cracks, Renaissance Brush, Riven Snow, Rottenstone Cracks, Sfumato, Surat Meadow, Tapa Cloth, Trunk Call, Verdaddio, Verglas and Vernis Craqueler.

New pears

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Sorry about our long absence here on the blog, we do have a good excuse though, we’re excited to announce we’re busily working on a wonderful  new pack!! You’ll be pleased to know it’s almost ready for launch so keep an eye out for the “mailer” with the details and if you’re not already on our mailing list there’s a joining form HERE!

Edited to add the recipe now the new pack is launched

Forest Patina
@ Soft Light 39%
Belle Epoque @ Soft Light 54%

Both textures are from the Distressed Painterly Pack/

Please visit our Pack page or Combo Pack page to buy Flypaper Textures. Or our Preset Page to buy Nik Presets.
We recommend : Topaz filters !!

Annecy Canal

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Just back from eastern France, where we visited Annecy, the ancient lakeside mountain town on the Swiss border which, coincidently, during my time as a freelance Getty curator, whilst selecting mostly French imagery, I was delighted to finally visit the actual location of the famous Palais de l’Isle canal prison that I saw images of nearly every day whilst looking through Flickr.

Ive not shown the medieval fort latterly a prison here, this view is from the back of the moated prison as I preferred the golden hour sunset light on the canal and far distant mountain backdrop as a cherry on the top!
One surprise, a good one, was that our trip coincided with their end of winter Mardi Gras, but I’ll be sharing those images at a later date.

As I’d previously lost my beloved PL filter and perhaps it was just as well because those shadows were already sinisterly dark! I first opened in Nik Color efex pro and used their polarizing filter to darken the sky to great effect without darkening the shadows as my PL filter would have done, next I used our Fly 4 Lavender preset, saved and opened in Topaz Impression, saving at around 50% and then opening the Flypaper textures to both warm up and add a subtle canvas texture, called Danielle, from our August  painterly textures.

Btw, We hear Topaz has launched a new promotion for their Black and White Effects filter, and for the month of March you’ll receive a whopping $20 off  this plug-in! Simply enter the code MARBW on purchase!

I’m showing the raw base image unchanged by Photoshops manual lens adjustment filter.
The birds were natural and not cloned into place, just crowning an end to perfect winters-day out! ☺

Nik Fly 4 Lavender preset @ 100%

Muscatel – Soft Light @ 49%

Masque – Soft Light @ 84%

Danielli – Soft Light @ 100%

Base image duplicated – Luminosity @ 72%

Muscatel is from Tex Box 2, Masque and  Danielli are from the August Painterly pack.

Please visit our Pack page or Combo Pack page to buy Flypaper Textures. Or our Preset Page to buy Nik Presets.
We recommend : Topaz filters !!

Blue

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You’ll be pleased to know that the Hydrangea that I planted last season has remained blue! So I’m happy! I’m now hoping the bush will grow a bit bigger now and have a mass of flowers to brighten a fairly bland corner of my garden. While we’re on the hydrangea subject, I was given another hydrangea bush for Christmas which I planted it at our country hut. Unfortunately when the river that borders the property is low, the sheep from the paddock over the fence can get in via the river bank and this is what they did a month or so back. They ate everything; hosta, roses, flax bushes, potatoes, they even nibbled on conifers and I was expecting the hydrangea to have been eaten to ground level too, but obviously hydrangea mustn’t be palatable to sheep because apart from a nibbled flower, it remained, almost the only thing that hadn’t been eaten.

Back to the photo, I revisited some old textures for the processing of this…
Peacock @ Soft Light 100% masked from the flower
Apple Moss which was desaturated a bit and toned slightly more blue using a hue saturation adjustment @ Overlay 75% and masked softly from the flower
Cobalt Cloud @ Overlay 52% Masked from the flower to taste.

Peacock and Apple Moss are from the Spring Painterly Pack and Cobalt Cloud is from the Summer Painterly Pack.

Please visit our Pack page or Combo Pack page to buy Flypaper Textures. Or our Preset Page to buy Nik Presets.
We recommend : Topaz filters !!

Bell Tower

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I’ve recently started using my Lensbaby again, with the Optic 80, ideal for tilt shift effects looking down from the mountains, and frankly a lot lighter to carry! Its also great for capturing a moody, painterly effect. Enhanced by the painterly filters in Topaz Impression and finishing with our Flypaper Textures.

Freshly home from the Haute-Savoie, an up-market ski resort village of Megeve, where they’ve strived to keep the ancient center as picturesque as possible and ensuring that all new ski lodges have traditional raw alpine cladding. This is their tourist office with an original bell tower, perhaps an old village hall or school in the past? I’ve always loved the ghostly effect you get in victorian Camera Obscura’s, a kind of glowing yet blurry effect from their inaccurate lenses which Lensbabies and Lomo cameras also capture but need the help of our textural grunge to give that final polished analogue effect.

Shot in mid morning sunlight, the final 4 textures gave a rich sunset effect to finish, after using a Topaz Impression painterly filter at 50% layer opacity. I rebalanced by darkening the sky with a duplicated layer of the base image and brushed off the bottom half with the layer settings as below.

Topaz Impression painterly filter saved @ 50% strength

Sky duplicated layer – Multiply @ 37%

Muscatel – Soft Light @ 50%

Sakura Skies – Overlay @ 45%

Rococo
– Soft Light @ 31%

Danielli
– Overlay @ 32% (colour desaturated)

Muscatel is from Tex Box 2, Sakura Skies is from Spring Painterly,  Rococo and Danielli are from the August Painterly pack.

Please visit our Pack page or Combo Pack page to buy Flypaper Textures. Or our Preset Page to buy Nik Presets.
We recommend : Topaz filters !!

Jam

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I have always made my own jam, usually from produce I’ve grown in my garden. As well as knowing exactly what’s gone into the jar, you get the satisfaction of eating something that’s completely home made (well apart from the sugar that is). The above is a jar of blackcurrant jam and I was delighted to find I’d sold the photo for use as a bookcover via Arcangel Images . The book is  Burnt Toast Makes you sing Good by Kathleen Flinn, here it is on Amazon. I’m adding it to my reading list, I love books like this about food :-)

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So two recipes today, first the recipe for the jam.
Blackcurrant Jam
500 g blackcurrants
2½ cups water
1 kg sugar
Boil currants and water for 10 minutes. Add sugar and boil fast until it sets when tested (around half an hour).

and here’s the simple texture recipe
Greystoke @ Overlay 100% Greystoke is my go-to texture for adding a subtle softening effect
Nik Color Efex filter – Lighten/darken centre- to taste
Then I darkened just the shiny part of the jar using curves adjustment masked selectively.

Greystoke is from the Autumn Painterly Pack

Please visit our Pack page or Combo Pack page to buy Flypaper Textures. Or our Preset Page to buy Nik Presets.
We recommend : Topaz filters !!