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Hydrangea blue

 

Our apologies for the lack of posts here recently, we’ve both been on holiday but normal services have resumed so with luck you should see a bit more activity here on the blog.
I’m still processing the photos I took while on lovely whistle-stop visit to New Zealand’s North Island and haven’t textured any as yet, so in the meantime it’s back to flowers (my easy option!) These are new blooms from a blue hydrangea I purchased in our spring; all my hydrangeas tend to turn pink so I’ve been treating this one with Aluminium Chloride which is supposed to keep them blue, it seems to be working as this bloom  hasn’t  turned pink …yet!

Now the processing only one texture this time.
Andaman @ Overlay 100% masked softly from the flower and bowl
Andaman @ Multiply 30% masked as above (this layer was toned blueish and desaturated slightly using a hue saturation adjustment)
Flypaper Nik Preset Fly2 Card and Deed adjusted to taste and at 45% opacity.

Andaman is from the Paper Painterly Pack, Fly2 Card and Deed is from the Preset 2 Pack
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Snow Trees

 

Welcome to the first Paper Painterly Textures Blog Post! Im currently delighted to be staying in the French Jura again, near the Swiss border as a returning guest of my art college friend I recently re-discovered living right here in France;  Amanda!
This image was from my last trip up here, but as ive just arrived we’ve not been back up to the snow line above the town yet so it may or may not be still like this when we plan to take another cross country ski trip over the weekend.  As you can see from the original image, it was purposely exposed quite dark to get a nice full range of tones around the watery sun, if id exposed it correctly it’d be very blown out. Thankfully the just released new Flypaper Paper Painterly set sorted this out beautifully!

After trying many textures, one after the other, from the full set loaded into Russell Brown’s automated Paper Panel plug-in in my Photoshop CC, I thought the final addition of the new Vellum texture added a final abstract touch that helped pull this simple composition together. I also gave the pine trees a final slight ‘pop’ by softly brushing away the vellum texture from them.

The original base image was lightly processed with a new Nik Preset which simply beefed up the contrast, this will be released within the next upcoming Preset pack, called simply; Snow Trees. Hopefully with this recent cold-snap in the northern hemisphere you’ll also have a last chance to grab some snow images to try with this new Paper Painterly set!

Snow Trees Fly Nik Preset Hard Light @ 30% – unreleased.

Baltic – Soft Light @ 100%

Andaman – Overlay @ 76%

Vellum – Soft Light @ 73% – softly brushed from Pine trees only.

Baltic, Andaman and Vellum are all from the Paper Painterly Pack
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Paper Painterly Launch

mosiac for paper painterly

Welcome to the launch of our first Textures pack in almost 10 months!
This time the theme is Paper with Painterly; brush strokes that we thought looked like seascapes thus the names of oceans from around the globe were used to describe them. Our Painterly textures continue to be some of our best sellers, so dear Flypaper supporter, these are just to please you!

The Paper derived textures half to this set have also been given sympathetic sounding names, such as; Papier Mache, Fly Spotted and classic Vellum etc. Our Papers aren’t minimal either, they have full-on grunge, whether all over or mostly framing the edges, we feel that this type of texture will fill a much needed hole in our collection, with their muted yet easy to use colours.

Most papers were gleaned in France or England, many were 200 years or more old. Some are from an original beautifully foxed Regency scrap book purchased in London at an early morning street flea market, others are documents from before the French revolution! A few have faint text derived from 200 year old French text books, extensively personalised and annotated by scholars, all these layers of historic grunge are brought together to form the core feel of this texture set!

We also added a few retro wallpaper overlay backgrounds to spice up our paper theme, which we’re sure will be useful for backgrounds in various types of shoots such as backgrounds for classic and retro indoor portraits. The Blue Rose texture element is borrowed from an early 1930’s French wallpaper, though modernised and simplified for Flypaper’s cleaner look. The classic Harlequin pattern we created from scratch and is used to great effect in the packs label and the Napoleon Wall detail was gleaned from a 100 year old historic New Zealand colonial wallpaper.

This time 42 textures grace this pack, the minimum size pro is 5000 x 4000 mostly landscape formatted with 3 Wallpaper overlays in portrait form
To download, click on the add to cart button, a download link will be sent to you upon payment.

Paper Painterly Photographic Textures

42 Painterly Grunge Textures

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$40

This is a large file, so depending on your connection may take a while to download, so why not grab a coffee while you’re waiting.

Please note, that sometimes Photoshop will open these textures in ACR (Camera Raw) instead of in PS itself, the simple fix for this is in Photoshop, go to Edit>Preferences>File Handling> Click on Camera Raw Preferences and in the Jpeg and Tiff handling box choose disable Jpeg support.

White Roses

 

Sorry it’s been so long since our last post here on the blog, we’ve been busy in the background working on a lovely  new texture pack,  you’ll be pleased to know it’s almost done so if you want to be the first to find out about it  please sign up for our mailing list.
So back to the photo, another rose! I’m not sure Paul agrees but I’m of the opinion that you can never have too many flower photos and since it’s grey and damp here in southern New Zealand thanks to the effects of ex-tropical cyclone Lusi, a light and bright rose seemed the perfect thing to post.

The processing once again is fairly simple…no time for long involved recipes at the moment!
Bellini @ Soft light 100% masked from the focus flowers
Fly Apple Nik preset tweaked to suit
Orange Blossom @ multiply 100% masked as necessary from the flowers.
Orange Blossm @ Soft light 55% Masked as above.

Bellini is from the August Painterly pack, Orange Blossom is from the Spring Painterly pack and the Fly Apple preset is from our first preset Pack.

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Pink roses

 

These Clair Matin roses are looking particularly beautiful in the garden at the moment in their second flush of flowers for the season so I couldn’t resist picking a few for some photos and also to bring some of their colour and fragrance indoors.
I kept the processing fairly light this time to allow the roses to be the star of the photo, it’s sometimes a bit of a juggling act deciding how to process a photo with textures but in this case the decision was fairly easy as the light tone, background  and composition doesn’t really lend itself to heavy texturing anyway.

So onto the processing
Weta @ Soft Light 100% brushed lightly from the flowers.
Fly II Preset Allium adjusted to suit, for this photo I turned on the glamour glow to add a little softness.

Weta is from the Autumn Painterly Pack, Fly Preset II Allium is from the Flypaper 2 Preset Pack

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Albatross

 

At Taiaroa Head at the entrance to Otago Harbour is a breeding colony of Northern Royal Albatross, the only such colony on inhabited mainland. These huge birds which have a wing-span of up to 3 metres, nest on the hills overlooking the harbour and if you’re lucky you can see them in flight, windy and stormy days are the best for this as they launch themselves off the cliff and rely on updraughts to get themselves airborne.

On this particular evening, just after Christmas it was misty and very windy, in fact so windy I doubt if I’d have been able to hold a camera with a long lens steady enough without a tripod to get a sharp photo. Thankfully though I had my lovely new “carry-around” Sony A7 camera with me and managed a few shots.

Anyway the processing
Metallic Sky @ Overlay 64% masked from the land and sea
Tempest Sea @ Overlay 100% masked from everything except the sea
Tiepolo @ Overlay 59% Masked from the land and sea
Flypaper Nik Preset -Fly II Dimanche tweaked slightly to taste.

Metallic Sky is from the Metallic Pack, Tempest Sea is from the Spring Painterly, Tiepolo is from the August Painterly and Fly II Dimanche preset is from the Fly 2 Nik Presets pack.

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Martello Tower

 

This Martello tower is the most northerly of the original remaining 103 towers erected and is situated in Aldeburgh on England’s east coasts Suffolk county, built around 200 years ago to defend England from Napoleon, for which happily they were never needed. But later used in WW2 for various gun postings. These days  several have been restored into trendy holiday rentals and many more are now full time homes. This one belongs to a trust and rents out by the night. You can see its cool interiors on this site:http://www.unusualhotelsoftheworld.com/MartelloTower

Now when I see the raw base picture and then the top moused-over processed version, I just cant believe how flat it was before, this has to be the sign of a successful transition, I also think cloning out the distracting flagpole was the right call!

On the day I captured this image we were blessed with a dull overcast sky, sun and shadows would have killed it as I was looking for a spooky soft atmosphere as this location  staged  the final  climax  of a very famous short ghost story by M.R. James – A warning to the curious, about an obsessive man who finally finds and steals a long lost anglo saxon royal crown from a burial mound close by. The monstrous ghost protector and avenger of the tomb hunts him down and finally exacts a terrible revenge on this very same shingle beach!

In M R James’s mid Victorian school days these decaying structures must have had an huge effect on his imagination, and I wanted to somehow get back to the look that captivated him, not easy when they’re so beautifully restored..

For processing I had in mind a look before id started and created a new preset, now in the preset 2 pack called Martello Tower, I was aiming at an old, antique calotype effect, so I first treated the colour and then blurred the sides to add depth, only after pulling the image out of Nik color pro efex I decided to blur the sides even more in Photoshop CC in the new Tilt Shift filter, with the horizon turned vertical. Finally I started the flypaper texturing to achieve a realistic grungy plate finish that fly’s just perfect for!

Martello Tower Nik Fly Preset – Normal @ 100%

Antique Edges no.22 – Soft light @ 58%

Muscatel – Overlay @ 29% – Turned bright blue

Colosseum Sienna – Overly @ 4% – Turned bright blue

Fly Tintype No14 – Overlay @ 37 % brushed away from bottom half. 

A  final color tweak to finish to knock back the green color slightly and add a cool watery blue tone.

Martello Tower Preset is from the Preset 2 pack, Muscatel and Colosseum Sienna are from Tex Box 2 ,  Tintype 14 is from the Tintype Pack, and Fly Edge 22 is from the Fly Edges pack.
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Flypaper Nik Presets 2 Launch

Flypaper Presets 2

 

Without further ado, welcome to the 2nd set of much requested fly presets!
The first set was a general catching-up set, but in feedback people told us they were slightly overwhelmed with 80+ presets so this time it’s a reduced, creme de la creme set that will keep you au courant with all the new flypaper processed imaging!
We’re hoping to add to this every few months, depending on our output, whilst keeping the price as low as possible.
This set was produced in winter so its generally a brightening, cheering set, the thumb samples above reflect some the images we’ve created with it and you’ll already have seen a few that were recently blogged but we have many more new blog recipes to share using this and the premier set. We’ve also used these for Halloween and darker, more ‘edgy’ movie type images, including the skull still life’s with black backgrounds and guns etc. we’ll be sure to blog one or two of those soon! For our hardy annual and perennial flower, beach and mountain landscape lovers, we’ve also kept our eye on the ball with Jill’s recent New Zealand spring and summer garden crops and those and more will continue to brighten our blogs mid-winter fare! – Please click the header for a much bigger view of the samples!

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 look to the left hand column, on top of the list 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, so you’ll always know this set from others.
Please note, if your copy of Nik color Effex 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.

Flypaper Nik Color Efex Presets 2

42 presets for use in Nik Colour Efex

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$8

sunrise through the pines

 

Had to get up at the crack of dawn or with the lark as we English say, with the intention of trying to catch any morning mist whilst staying at my sisters house which is situated in woodland in Surrey, England.
This occasion happened to be on my birthday, April the 21st – just the right time of year before the woodlands get too dry and dark with overhead leaf cover, it was captured on my way home, a last subtle glimpse of mist burning off in the sun. I shot this with the hope of enhancing the mist with textures, its one of the last of this batch of several that are now all on sale with my various photo agents, some of which have even sold! – Just going to prove, it’s the early bird catches the worm! :-)

You’ll notice the raw image is shown before I warped the top processed image outwards to compensate for the convergence effect of the lens, for this I used the warp filter, not the lens filters in photoshop CC.

Forest Pines Track – Nik Color Efex Fly Preset – Fly Set II @ 100%

Alice – Soft Light @ 57% over sky area only

Pastel Alloy – Soft Light @ 98% over sky area only

Muscatel –Soft Light @ 68%

Alice and Pastel Alloy are from the Metallic Set, Muscatel is from Tex Box 2
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On the Beach

 

We are so fortunate having such lovely beaches here in southern New Zealand and the fact that so many of them are so accessible and while I love deserted beaches, for my photos I like to have a human element. I tend to lag behind in my beach walks so I can get my long suffering “model” into the photo, in this case though, I swapped him for a more attractive silhouette :-) I had a search for my archives for a similar beach scene with a figure, cut it out using Photoshop’s Quick Selection Tool and then moved the selected figure into my beach image, with the unwanted person there as a reference for size it was an easy task. Once I’d got my new figure in place, I duplicated my background and cloned out the original figure.
And although I’d straightened the horizon in the original image, the line of waves gave it an illusion of “wonkiness” so I straightened the final layer using the warp tool.

Now the processing.
Tapis Vert @ Overlay 46% masked lightly from the sky portion
Tapis Vert @ Multiply 65% masked from the beach portion
Flypaper Nik Preset “Beach Walk” which will be be in an upcoming preset pack.

Tapis Vert is from the Autumn Painterly pack
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