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Late Roses

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These are almost the last roses of the season and what a wonderful summer and autumn it’s been here too with sunny days, mild temperatures and not as much rain as usual. Winter has arrived today though as has the rain! Roll on spring!

This has very simple processing and the texture totally transformed the shot, I also gave it quite a savage crop to begin with and just to show the advantage of a good crop, here’s what it looked like prior.

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Anyway, the processing and I used a texture from the ever popular Spring Painterly Pack.
Gelato Ice @ Soft Light 100%
Gelato Ice @ Soft Light 38% masked softly from the focus flowers.
And that was it!

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Dungeon

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Sometimes whilst searching for textures I’ll also fall upon a shot I can use and what a great day that is! Here we were in a village in a very deep gorge that’s known for its champagne type sparkling wine.

Being in a deep gorge on a cloudy winter’s day it was quite murky, and so a flashgun would have been handy, but it would also have killed this simple image. And who walks around with a flash diffuser anyhow?

Processing was fairly simple, I created a new preset which we’ll share later called ‘Dungeon’, wasn’t from a dungeon, I just thought the finished image suggested one!

After the colour tweak in Nik color 4 I opened the shot up on photoshop’s newish Tilt Shift filter and created the blurring effect to get rid of the stone texture before adding our own flypaper Ethereal painterly textures.

The blurred Tilt Shift area creates a fine canvas for texturing and after playing around with Russell Brown’s wonderful Flypaper Panel, hit upon three textures as listed below.

Hydra – Soft Light @ 100%

Oberon – Soft Light @ 100%

Nix – Soft Light @ 100%

We never did get to taste any of the gorge villages sparkling wine as it was all shut-up for winter, but will return next summer. Finally, we’ve been informed that Topaz has an amazing 40% off sale, you can go for your ‘tasting’ HERE! 🙂

All three textures are from our last popular Ethereal 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 !!

Garden Barrow

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Another from our French farmhouse garden, thought I’d try out my old lensbaby Optic 80 lens for a change. The rusty old wheelbarrow was left by the previous old lady owner. In the background are felled tree branches I’ve been trimming from all the old overgrown trees. The wheelbarrow helps ground the image and gives the eye something to focus on, all the better for being slightly retro.

Processing was fairly simple, I chose the lightest image, as I find I get very dark shadows with lensbabies and so have to carefully bracket the shots,
Firstly after knocking back the highlights in Camera Raw, I opened in Nik colour pro 4 and chose one of our old presets from Fly Nik 2 Pack – Bone Counters, this was nice but a little too cold so I applied the very yellow texture I used in my last blog image: Deimos from our very popular last
Ethereal Painterly pack et voila, a dreamy garden image!

Deimos – Soft Light @ 100%.

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 !!

Horse track into mist

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Great to be back to almost normal after moving house a few weeks back.
We’re now in a rural area, away from the mountains and near the famous river Soane which is but a few fields away.
We’ve moved to a 300 year old half timbered farmhouse with a large treed garden and swimming pool. The best part is it’s a totally new area to photograph! ☺

Around 2 weeks back we were still getting these lovely morning mists that this area is famous for as people have worryingly warned us: “You’re moving to the mists?” :-O
Fortunately it’s only during the cold winter months and anyhow all those misty landscapes, I’ll be sorted for years! 😉

Whilst I was distracted with the move we heard that Google had generously decided to give the whole Nik  collection away for Free! So get downloading people and then purchase our presets content at only 8 USD!

Back to the image, it was at sunrise, bottom of our new farmhouse garden, that’s a horse track next to the fence and just out of view, down the bank is the ancient mill pond in the horse paddock.

Processing was fairly easy, firstly I knocked back the highlights in Adobe Camera raw to darken the sky slightly, then I ran it through our Fly Nik Colour Presets and settled on Bison from our Fly Nik colour 4 preset pack this had a lovely light filled centre that pulled the entire image together.

I then played around with our flypaper textures in Adobe’s Russell Brown flypaper Texture Panel and although many textures looked great, I settled on a fairly simple smooth warm yellow one from our last Ethereal Painterly pack.
Deimos – Soft Light @ 23%.

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 !!

Pink Rose

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I was hunting for something to process the other day when I came across this rose image. It’s a nice enough photo untextured but with the addition of just one texture the mood and look have been changed completely.  I could have added softer textures and used a different blending mode and got a totally different feel, this is what I love about textures.

Anyway, the processing,
Kerberos @ Soft Light 100%
Kerberos @ Overlay 48% masked softly from the central portion.
Then I went to Nik Analog and increased the contrast and desaturated slightly, unfortunately I didn’t save the settings as I wasn’t expecting to have to blog it but the change wasn’t that major.

Kerebos is from the new Ethereal 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 !!

Cup of blues

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It’s no secret that I love my blue hydrangeas, unfortunately I have trouble growing them, they all seem to revert to pink unless I sprinkle Aluminium Sulphate around the plant and I’m hopeless at remembering to do this, the result, pink hydrangeas this year! So while I was out on one of my daily walks I appropriated a small sprig of this beautiful blue specimen which was growing over a fence by the footpath,  put it in a tiny cup and shot from directly above.

Processing as always was quick….
Kale @ Overlay 100% Masked gently from the flower. This layer was turned blueish using a hue/saturation adjustment at the following settings: with Colourise checked, Hue 225 Saturation 14 Lightness +24
Cobalt Cloud @ Overlay 77% (this is one of my favourite textures for giving a blue tone)
And that’s it 🙂

Kale is from the Ethereal Painterly Pack, 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 !!

Road to Carcassonne

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Welcome to the first blog with the new Ethereal Textures used!
They say all roads lead to Rome, well this one more so as its a typical Roman road that leads from Carcassonne to Rome.
I just shot this quick view on my Iphone from the roundabout at Capestang, it was captured in a bitter north-westerly lunchtime wind but the processing makes it look like evening!
Processing was easy, I opened it up in photoshop and cloned out a lamp post on the far right, just poking into the frame, never mind, gone in a moment! I then also narrowed the road markings at the base, a tad roughly but I’d redo it if necessary.
I created a new a preset called ‘Tree tunnel’ and saved it for a later pack. Then opened in Topaz Impression and used a painterly filter, again saving at just 50% strength, ready to Texture with Russell Brown’s free Flypaper texture panel with our new Ethereal Painterly set loaded. Many textures worked but I chose one that give this interesting distressed sky effect and left me with a slight vignette. Finishing with a soft brown warming texture to knock back the cold blue tones and voila!

Reha – Overlay @ 33% (desaturated)
Setebos – Overlay @ 20%

A final tweak with Photoshop Levels in Adjustment and brightness to lighten.

Both textures are from the Ethereal 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 !!

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.

Ethereal Painterly

50 Painterly Textures

Add to Cart

$40

 

Ethereal Painterly Launch

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Welcome to the launch of our first Textures Pack of the year with our Ethereal Painterly Textures!
This packs launch coincides with a rare planetary alignment going on right now and so its theme perfectly matches our Ethereal textures names!
We have found 50 heavenly bodied names to perfectly describe our soft, smokey ethereal textures.

Our brand new Ethereal painterly pack has something for everybody!
Whilst orbiting around this pack you’ll no doubt become inspired by their smoky, textural grunginess and they’ll certainly help add a little stardust to your heavenly creations!
This new, easy to use, bumper sized pack launches our 2016 season’s new collections and what better way to start than by going boldly where no man has gone before!
From Andromeda to Uranus adding up to fifty bumper sized celestial creations incorporating our popular pastel toned brush strokes, perfectly complementing these swirly, misty textural planetoids!
So, come and dive into the seas of Calypso, lose yourself in the sands of Ceres, slide the ice of Sinop and then roast in the heat of Deimos and create your own celestial alignments with this out of this world themed pack of planetary themed textures!

The Ethereal Painterly Pack contains 50 rectangular shaped textures which are 6000 by 4000 pixels 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.

Ethereal Painterly

50 Painterly Textures

Add to Cart

$40

Pretty

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It’s been a while since we’ve had some floral prettiness here on the blog!  This was taken in our New Zealand spring a few months back. The flowers grow over the fence just down the hill from where I live and I couldn’t resist picking a sprig while passing, I’ve no idea what they are but they’re a beautiful subject, especially when paired with one of my little oriental styled teacups.

Processing as always was pretty quick, I used just one texture, but I used it twice at different blending modes, something that often works well depending on the photo.

Organza @ Overlay 74% masked from the flowers so as not to overwhelm them with texture.
Organza@Softlight 76%
At this stage it did look okay but to tweak the tone slightly I used a Flypaper Nik Preset, Sugar.

Organza is from the Distressed Painterly Pack, the Sugar preset is from Nik Presets 4 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 !!

Catlins

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During the recent summer holidays we paid a visit to the Catlins, a beautiful unspoilt coastal area to the south of Dunedin. The day we visited it wasn’t very summery, but looking on the bright side, the overcast showery conditions did lead to wonderfully moody photos, the kind that are so good for texturing. After a walk to Jacks Blowhole  (stunning coastal views but a fairly chilly walk since I was dressed for summer); we stopped for lunch at a bay at the mouth of the Catlins River near the little town of  Pounawea, it was low tide so between showers  we walked out on the interesting looking exposed rocks, hence this photo.  Later we walked along the lovely beach of Surat Bay on the other side of the river and spotted a New Zealand Sea Lion resting on the sand…and then the sun came out!

So onto the processing….

Azurite @Overlay 100%
Moody Blue @Overlay 53% masked from the sky area
Birds added to give some extra interest 🙂
Levels adjustment layer to tweak tone.

Moody Blue and Azurite are both 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 !!