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Having a great time revisiting the Jura region of eastern France, but before the winter snow arrives once again we revisited the retro fire truck I last captured in the spring snow and blogged several months back. But this time I tried a slightly more surreal composition with a dramatic starry sky overlay!
Shot this time in the late afternoon sun with a normal lens, the resulting raw image was disappointingly bright and crisp and so first I dismissed it, however on second thoughts I thought I’d try running it through a few of our Nik Flypaper presets to help tone it down and harmonise the colours.
I used Fly Orford Graves 2, with the Darken Centre ticked to really darken the sky.
I then saved it and opened it again in Nik colour Pro, this time I used: Fly 3 Amanda 3 Preset which knocked the colours back and finally finished with: Fly 2 Skull Dominos Preset.
For a final soft and further tone down I created a new Fly Preset for Nik Analog, which we’ll release as soon as we have enough, however, for now if you want to make your own, this preset softened the edges and further toned down the colour, a fairly simple Preset.

Here I could have easily left the image, but decided I wanted to balance the top half more, so had the idea of adding a star image overlay, simply overlaid with Luminosity @ 100% .
Once again I could have left it there but events move fast on the Net and my attention was caught by our old portrait educator friend, Thomas Churchwell, the famous New York pro photographer who had been posting some masterly painterly effect images on Face Book of dreamy romantic models using Flypaper Textures in combination with the new Topaz Impression filter. Being a ‘Gotta have it!’ – person I had to try it straight away and as by chance the Fire Truck was open and so I had a quick play and settled on the watercolour 2 filter. I used this as a 62% overlay in Normal, removing any cheap looking effects around the edges which were too rough and the tree skyline looked a little scrappy as did the stars, so these were brushed off, but I loved the Trucks softer edges and the bottom half of the image.

Finally, to beef the whole thing up and add interest to the now too dark bottom, I applied 2 Flypaper Textures, the first beefed up, Caspian @ soft light 100% and a new Fly Edge 2 number 35 Vivid light @ 100% showing the bottom Text strongly with the rest mostly brushed away.

Fly Nik Color pro 2 Orford Graves 2, with the Darken Centre ticked
Fly Nik Color pro 3 Amanda 3 Preset
Fly Nik Color pro 2 Skull Dominos Preset.

Fly Preset Fire Truck for Nik Analog (to be published)

Starry Sky layer overlay Luminosity @ 100%

Topaz Impression filter – Watercolour 2 filter @ 62% overlay in Normal mode

Caspian @ soft light 100%
Fly Edge 2 no. 35 Vivid light @100% – Top half brushed away.

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

Antique Edges 2 launch

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Welcome to our Flypaper Textures 5th anniversary launch and our 2nd much requested new set of Edges!
This all new derived antique glass plate negative set is slightly different from the first set as we’ve knocked back the brightness to make blending easier, we also decided to publish this set in a portrait format, this gives it an easier to use start-off point for your portrait formats and book cover images. Other changes are a slightly bigger format with the smaller sized edge @ 4500px rather than the original 4000px .

Way back in 2010 we launched our ground breaking original concept set of Edges. Scanned from large format, antique glass plate negatives in just such a way that the tarnish was captured and not the original image. We then enhanced this effect, sympathetically re-coloured and cleaned up each image – but not too much!  These plates work best when merged with modern day imagery for that authentic antique grunge look that many people crave. And finally, as always, we try to cram as many plates as possible into a pack, so this new pack now contains a hefty 40 plates! Downloads will thus take a little longer as this set is over 700mb so, be warned, though in tests we averaged  a 5 min download time with a decent internet speed.

These edges can be used in conjunction with our normal Flypapers or on their own. We’re really looking forward to framing our new look with you over the next few months!

Happy Edging! :-)

This pack contains 40 portrait format textures with a minimum size of 4500 px at 300 dpi
To download, click on the add to cart button, a download link will be sent to you upon payment.

Antique Edges 2

40 Antique Edge Textures

Add to Cart

$40

Please note it’s a large file, so depending on your connection may take a while to download, so why not grab a coffee while you’re waiting.

Key

 

It’s that busy spring season here in southern NZ  hence the lack of posts here on the blog (Paul has been busy too, slaving away over his scanner :-) ). And with it being spring, you’d have thought I’d be posting more photos of spring flowers and suchlike which are out in abundance at the moment but no, I decided to post a photo I took the other day for my bookcover portfolio. Taken with the macro lens, I added texture to add to the softness and mood.

The processing…
Firstly I got rid of some of the darkness near the bottom using the clone tool. Textures are great for covering my rough cloning :-)
Greystoke (one of my favourites!) @ Overlay 100%
Cardamom @ Overlay 70% desaturated slightly.
Greystocke @ Overlay 72%
Nik color efex Lighten-Darken centre filter to taste.

Greystoke is from the Autumn Painterly Pack and Cardamom is from the Pastel Painterly Pack.

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

Spring flower

 

I hope you’re all enjoying the new Pastel Painterly Textures as much as we are? I’m finding its textures particularly easy to use and not just for my usual flowers and still-lifes either, the pastels are working well on landscapes and beaches too!
Today’s photo is the first recipe using the new set, I must admit I just used the first two textures I tried and I’m sure I could have got a totally different result if I’d experimented more. The flower in the photo by the way, is a Muscari, almost the first of the spring bulbs to flower, as children we always called them matchsticks or match-heads because of their shape. I love their blue and the fact they thrive on neglect, perfect for my garden :-)

Anyway the very easy recipe….
Angelica @ Overlay 100%
Juniper Berry @ Overlay 100% (masked softly from the flower)
Fly Nik Preset Fly II Egg and Bowl

Angelica and Juniper Berry are from the Pastel Painterly Pack, Fly Nik Preset Egg and Bowl is from the Nik Preset II Pack.

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

Pastel Painterly Launch

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After many weeks slaving in the kitchen we finally have this summers new Pastel Painterly Textures in the bag to Launch!
Their titles theme is possibly everybody’s favourite, herbs, spices and food, including edible flowers!

And what a gorgeous summery painterly set we have, from cool forget-me-nots to Goldilocks who’s finding her Oatmeal textures ‘just right’!
Step into the Laurel woods and gather Aromatic herbs, paddle with Water Mint, pick our mouth watering Blueberries, Damsons and Greengages, feast upon our Eton Mess, Iced Pistachio’s and Rhubarb Crumble, all washed down with Elderflower and Pink Champagne. Later, after the 3 bears have had their hot Chocolait, Goldilocks preferring her healthy Green Tea, will wend her way home through the Honeysuckle scented night air, ready to start that Chicory purge in the morning! ;-)

It’s no secret that our painterly textures have been some of our best sellers, and these brand new painterly offerings are so sublimely rendered, even we think we’ve got them ahem, ‘just right’!

Don’t be fooled by the pastels name because these textures have plenty of depth, with loads of iridescent, metallic, verdigris and mirror smooth darker textures for the slightly harder look many of our Metallic fans love, down to the softer, mistier pastels that the header name suggests.

We’ve managed to squeeze 10 extra Textures into this set, that’s a whopping 50 full size textures! We liked them so much we didn’t have the heart to weed out any more than what you see here. We’ve also hit the ground running and have already created and published several images processing with these Pastel Textures and have proven very popular and so will gladly share recipes in the coming weeks to help inspire your own summer adventures!

This pack contains 50 rectangle shaped textures with a minimum size of 4000 x 5000 pixels and at industry printing standard 300dpi.

To download, click on the add to cart button, a download link will be sent to you upon payment.

Pastel Painterly Photographic Textures

50 Pastel Painterly Grunge Textures

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$40

It’s 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 visit our Pack page or Combo Pack page to buy our other packs. Or our Preset Page to buy Nik Presets.

Spoon

 

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  flypapertextures@gmail.com

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

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Luggage Label Pack One
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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.

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Luggage Label Overlays Pack ONE

25 PNG Overlays

Add to Cart

$20

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Luggage Label Overlays Pack TWO

25 PNG Overlays

Add to Cart

$20

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.

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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.