Flypaper Textures




It’s extraordinarily warm here in southern New Zealand today. It’s still technically winter and here we are wearing tee-shirts and sandals and with all the windows open….global warming or just a freakish weather pattern? It’s lovely but I’m sure winter will return shortly!

Anyway, the photo….it was taken the other day, quickly too I must add. The plate is a vintage one I’ve had forever and the spoon came from the cutlery drawer. The processing was pretty quick too,  with the textures just adding a slightly painterly softness which was perfect for the look I was trying to achieve.

Smoky Dusk @ Overlay 67%
Greystoke (one of my favourite subtle textures) @ Softlight 100%
Then to tweak the tone I used:
Fly Nik Preset Iris

Smoky Dusk is from the Metallic Pack, Greystoke is from the Autumn Painterly Pack, and the Iris Preset is from the Preset 1 Pack.

Please visit our Pack page or Combo Pack page to buy Flypaper Textures. Or our Preset Page to buy Nik Presets.

Surreal Luggage Label


Just wanted to show this surreal use of the new Luggage Labels overlays, as well as thank Adobe’s Russell Brown and Thomas Ruark for their ingenious new updates to Russell’s Texture Panel to which we contributed ten more Flypaper testers to freshen up the new panel which is freely available to all Photoshop CC 2014 account holders – another excellent reason for upgrading!
New features include easy uploading all our full size texture sets with its ingenious addition of an automated thumbnail installer, this addition generates a thumb nail of all the textures, the panel then uses these thumbs to vastly increase the speed of uploading your full size textures. You only need to do this procedure the first time you upload a texture set, after that, the Panel will automate all future uploads itself.

Other new features include a handy mouseover action to show the name of textures and additional random effect buttons. Our Flypaper Textures hot link can now be found at the bottom and it’s a new pop out feature, so you can still pop to the flypaper shop to fill your texture panel with loads more yummy textures and overlays!
Please watch Russell’s new video before installing, and remember, after removing old panels and installing please don’t forget to reboot, then the new panel will appear. The panel can be found in the Add On’s section of CC 2014.
And finally if you have any problems we’ve put together a new FAQ sheet Here.

Getting back to the the image, a simple French Church clock from near the Swiss border, I liked the simplicity of the oversized clock and the stucco’s cracked texture but also thought I could use it to show a new possible surreal use with the Label overlays, I first textured the image and later dropped one of our round luggage labels onto it in the layers, its Valira Andorra, from Pack two – easily warping it to fit. I also used the new Texture Panel to load it, turning the opacity to 50% whilst warping it into place, then bringing back the full opacity when happy.

These luggage labels can be dropped onto your images to add interest, simply warping them to fit their surrounding location. This is just one use we’ve thought of, and btw, if any of you luggage label collectors are interested in buying the original vintage hard copies, please email me, Paul   at

Somov – Soft Light @ 33%
Labyrinth – Soft Light @ 100%
Brushed Rose – Soft Light @ 52%
Stygian Tin – Overlay @ 62%
Aegean – Soft Light @ 72%
Valira Andorra – Normal @ 100%

Somov and Aegean are from the Paper Painterly Pack, Labyrinth  is from Tex Box 2, Stygian Tin and Brushed Rose are from the Summer Painterly Pack amd Valira Andorra is from Luggage Labels Pack Two

Please visit our Pack page or Combo Pack page to buy Flypaper Textures. Or our Preset Page to buy Nik Presets.

Luggage Label Launch

Luggage Label Pack One
Luggage Label Pack Two

Welcome to our latest occasional overlays 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 labels, but get in quickly, the sale will finish on July 27th!

Regular texture users will be pleased to hear a new full texture pack is due out very soon, but today is just for PNG vintage luggage labels!

This one-man’s lifetimes travel record  was collected by a wealthy London publisher who died back in the 1970’s. I was helping to clear his huge Gothic attics many years later, when I spied upon and saved this box of original luggage labels from the garden fire. Now I’m very glad I did because many are now rare and thus valuable on the open market, worth much more than stamp collecting!

We’ve decided to sell these as PNG copies only, mainly because of their unusual shapes, a white or black background wouldn’t have done them enough justice. But the great news is that PNG’s will now work well in Russell Brown’s Adobe Paper Panel, even better with the new updated version that will be out very soon with many more features!

As ever these labels have been scanned in full colour Tiff and many have been lovingly cleaned of their travels down the years, but not over-cleaned as we think they are best in their natural slightly faded glory.

Photoshop Artists and Photographers, web designers and of course scrapbookers will love these as will graphic designers, illustrators, fabric designers, decorators and well, luggage label collectors!
We’ve provided printable labels much bigger than their originals to make them more useful and for instance these labels will easily fill your monitors of around 27inches, and printing them will provide ready to paste authentic labels!

Possible uses include mobile phone cover decorating, interior designs such as a la mode cushion covers, furniture fabric and bedding, decorated kids bedroom walls, covering your suitcases, trunks and screens, decoupage and T-shirt printing. We’ve even seen such labels turned into fabulous tapestry base designs, later made into sofa cushions and printed as well travelled mouse mats and sawn-on jeans patches, really, there is no end, even printing these out as bunting, on strings for that worldly travelled romantic sea voyage themed bedroom! Finally we’ll suggest the coolest idea of them all, your personal coffee cup prints. Cheers!
See below for some illustrated uses.

Each pack contains 25 .png  format scanned labels. The labels are around 2000 px on their longest side which is much bigger than the originals. Please read the important copyright information for this pack.

For downloads please click on the Add to Cart icon. A download link will be sent to you after you’ve made your payment.


Luggage Label Overlays Pack ONE

25 PNG Overlays

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Luggage Label Overlays Pack TWO

25 PNG Overlays

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Here are a few examples of possible uses, and a surreal montage made in Photoshop or please take a look at Paul’s Redbubble for more examples.

Labels footer redo

Please visit our Pack page or Combo Pack page to buy Flypaper Textures. Or our Preset Page to buy Nik Presets.

Remembering Sam


First of all, we’ve had a message from Nik regarding the problem some of you were having adding the new presets into Analog 2, they’ve sent me instructions on a fix with screenshots which we can’t figure out how to post here, but we’re happy to forward it to anyone who wants  it, just send us a message to our email

Now the photo, I have inherited much of the family photograph collection including the one peeking out of the book. Sam was my Grandmothers very handsome little brother and like many young New Zealand men of the time went off to what they thought was the “big adventure” of World War One. Ten percent of New Zealand’s  then population  of 1 million fought in WW1 and of those  18 000 died and 40 000 were wounded. Unfortunately Sam wasn’t among those who survived , he got injured in battle, wrote home to his mother saying he was fine, it was only a slight injury, but shortly after writing he succumbed to gangrene and is buried in France.

Now the processing…
I started with a Flypaper Nik preset to tone down the red velvet background.
Flypaper Analog Soldier Preset
Bavarian Suede @ Multiply 100% Masked from the book and photo
Scriptorium @ Overlay 55% Masked as above.

The Analog Soldier preset is from the Fly Analog preset Pack, Bavarian Suede and Scriptorium are from the Paper Painterly Pack.

Please visit our Pack page or Combo Pack page to buy Flypaper Textures. Or our Preset Page to buy Nik Presets.

Fire Truck


Without further ado, welcome to our first blog tutorial using the new Fly Nik Anolog Presets! But before I go on, we’d just like to remind you guys that this Analog Preset Pack is for the Nik Analog Pro Plug-in and not for the usual Color Efex Pro. You can download it free from Nik as its all part of your original subscription.

Whilst cross country skiing this spring in the Jura mountains we came across this old abandoned French Fire Engine, later we came back driving in various light conditions but found the sunlight far too bright to get nice shots with the highly contrasting snows, so I tried this with my trusty Lens Baby optic 80 in slightly overcast light and decided this was the keeper of the bunch.

For processing I opened in Nik Analog and created this simple preset that’s included in the Fly Nik Analog preset pack, so if you’d like to play with the before and after image to see if you get the same effect, you can, we’ve recently heard people like to play to see if they can create the same image from the recipe and we think its ok as long as you remember that most of our images are strictly copy-written with photo agents, but for private home practice its fine:-)

Firstly, I used the new Fire Truck 2 Analog preset, then set about further enhancing with Flypapers, I just used the new Paper Painterly textures at very subtle settings as shown below. A final colour enhancement at the end helped boost the tones.

Analog Preset – Fire Truck 2 @ 100%
Cracked Coral – Color @ 12%
Silk Velvet – Soft Light @ 62%
Tasman – Overlay @ 14%
Caspian – Soft Light @ 100%

Analog Preset Fire Truck is from the Analog Presets Pack, Cracked Coral, Silk Velvet, Tasman, and Caspian are from the Paper Painterly Pack.

Please visit our Pack page or Combo Pack page to buy Flypaper Textures. Or our Preset Page to buy Nik Presets.

Flypaper Nik Analog Preset Launch

fly 3 bright colours


Important Note: This pack of  Presets are for the Nik Analog Pro not for  Nik Color Efex. The Analog plugin is free if you have Nik Color Efex.

Adding to our best selling first two preset Color Efex packs we now proudly launch our much requested Analog Preset pack!
We’ve been quietly making and using these for several months and so it’s been frustrating not being able to share many of our recipes where we’ve used them until we finally launched this pack!

So now you’ll see how we achieved those dreamy, blurry edges on images like Skull through a Lamp, rich film grain on ‘Tin Rose’ and antique analog grunge on ‘Light House’ plus many other subtle tonal efex which we sometimes combine with the first two preset packs and then finish with our popular classic Flypaper Textures!

This third preset pack is for use with both the original Nik Analog Pro and the brand new updated Nik Analog Pro 2 plugin; so don’t worry about conflicts as we’ve had time to trial this pack in both original and updated Nik Analog versions.(Please see note below)

Our new Analog set is perfect for creating moody, cool modern and retro images, processing portraits, landscapes and still life set-ups, working well for both book covers and fine art photography. They can be used to beef-up weak, washed out images too, helping to draw the eye into the image with a selection blurred and darkened edges.
We’ve found that the analog antique lens combo effects are a marriage made in heaven when used with our classic Flypaper Glass Edges and Tin Edges Textures thus rounding off our processing suite beautifully for less than 10 USD!

Downloads of this very small file are fast and they just need to be unzipped, normally by double right mouse clicking. To install, open a picture in your Nik Analog Efex Pro and from the left hand column select Imported from the menu, click on the + symbol at the top of the menu, navigate to 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.

Important Note! On rare occasions  Mac users won’t be able to install any presets at all into Analog Pro 2 and an invalid file type message will be generated. Nik has provided a fix for this problem. Please go to our Analog FAQ page for more information.  To check if you are going to have a problem, down load our test file and see if it will install into Analog Pro 2.

A tutorial on installing the presets (including screenshots) can be found HERE If you are having trouble installing the presets or have any other questions regarding them, please take a look at our Analog FAQ page.

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 Analog Presets

44 Nik Analog Presets

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See all our Flypaper Nik Preset packs HERE



When I’m feeling a little uninspired photography-wise I tend to turn to subjects I love, if not flowers then books and I can never have enough books. These old beauties were taken with the macro lens, another of my favourite things! I love the different view of the world you get when you shoot macro, all those small details you miss at first glance.

Anyway onto the processing.
Jurassic Amber @ Soft Light 100%
Scriptorium @ Soft Light 30%
At this case it looked fine but to give it a tiny more drama I turned to Nik
Flypaper Nik Preset 1 Apple adjusted to taste and @ 71%

Jurassic Amber and Scriptorium are from the Paper Painterly Pack and Fly Preset Apple is from the Preset 1 Pack.
Please visit our Pack page or Combo Pack page to buy Flypaper Textures.



These little jewels of fruit are growing on a small bush in my garden at the moment. They’re Chilean Guava (Myrtus Ugni),  marketed  here in New Zealand as New Zealand Cranberry. They’re delicious little berries tasting like a mix of strawberry, pineapple and apple, so a real fruit salad flavour. They grow well here in southern New Zealand, not minding the cold, the wet or the dry. I’ve not used them for anything more than a snack but this year I’m going to try cooking with them… muffins, crumble, sauce, pie …mmmm!!

Now the processing
Da Vinci Sketchbook @ Soft light 69% masked softly from the focus fruit
Catacomb Frieze @ Overlay 100% desaturated as I just wanted the texture not the colour
Fly Nik Preset 2 Bone Counters adjusted to taste.
I should add here that it was the preset that made the photo really sing:-)

Da Vinci Sketchbook is from the Paper Painterly Pack, Catacomb Frieze is from the Spring Painterly Pack and the Bone counter preset is from Fly Nik Preset 2 Pack
Please visit our Pack page or Combo Pack page to buy Flypaper Textures.



Over the Easter weekend we drove up into our nearby southern Aveyron mountains to visit Auberge owning friends on the edge of a historic Knights Templars village, Commanderie de Sainte-Eulalie-de-Cernon a place I’d never been to or heard of before but ideally situated for A75 route national motorists, just a few kilometers south of Millau’s world record breaking tallest viaduct.

It was also nice to discover it’s the place where these low growing, rare and protected Cardabelle Thistles grow abundantly in the wild on the valley top. I’d previously seen one before, nailed to nearby mountain villagers front door but had no idea as to why they did this?
It just so happened that the Auberge we were staying at is called; La Cardabelle  and the friendly English speaking owners, Nathalie and Gabriel were more than happy to fill us in during the course of several delicious meals!

It appears the name of the thistle comes from its ancient peasants use in Carding Sheep wool, ie, beautiful carder!
They’re nailed to doors and beams of villages house frontages to keep evil spirits at bay and also are said to predict rain, in much the same way as pine cones do by closing. However, of late the French government has banned this practice, not that the locals take any notice, as the little village houses have many of these attractively displayed Cardabelles!

The shot was taken in watery sunlight, no flash, just on automatic looking straight down. I processed firstly in Nik color Pro then opened it up in Photoshop and used Flypaper textures to help give that night-time atmospheric pop, to help illustrate this plants rare mythical importance. Btw, notice how I cloned out some messy foliage, just the eye catching bits?

The blue tone is from Nik Color pro Skull and Candle @ 100%
From our Fly II presets with its blur reduced .

Colosseum Sienna – Multiply @ 100% middle gently brushed away.
Aegean – Overlay @ 14%
Samov – Overlay @ 26% Middle gently brushed away
Caspian – Overlay @ 27%
Bottom 2/3rds gently brushed away

I then merged all the layers and duplicated, with the upper copy I went to PS Image – Adjustments – Levels, I pulled the outer sliders in slightly, to brighten the image and then gently brushed away the top layer grassy parts to leave the brightened Cardebelle to glow or pop!

Colosseum Sienna is from Tex Box 2. Aegean, Samov and Caspian are from the Paper Painterly Pack. Please visit our Pack page or Combo Pack page to buy Flypaper Texture

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
Please visit our Pack page or Combo Pack page to buy Flypaper Texture