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Travels with My Aunt – hat and passports

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Here’s a possible book cover set-up I shot several months ago, It’s theme being loosely based on Graham Greene’s famous;
‘Travels With My Aunt’ novel, but I didn’t like the final ‘before’ result as it just didn’t ‘mesh up’ so I filed it under ‘problem images’ and forgot about it until we were trialing the new Celestial pack and suddenly it worked! The final sepia effect pulling it all together, both softening and adding a real vintage travelers feel.

For processing I chose a rectangle field blur effect in photoshop to soften the side edges and top of the panama hat that would have been hard to add a book cover text over, it being so hard edged. My old British passports had their edges clipped and you can see it on the before image, so I did a quick clone job to repair the missing edge.

Firstly, I slightly tweaked the colours with this summers new Nik Fly Pastel presets collection, then opened the New Celestial Texture pack and loaded it into Russell Brown’s free Adobe paper Texture Panel and quickly started playing with the yummy Celestial textures!
I ended up using three Celestial textures before finally being happy with the finished top image.
I then emailed it to one of my book cover agents and thankfully they snapped it up, not a bad several month trip for a ‘problem image’!

Quasar – Overlay @ 53%
Cetus – Soft Light @ 18%
Polaris – Soft Light @ 61%

The Celestial Painterly Pack contains 50 rectangular shaped textures which have a minimum size of 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.

Flypaper Celestial Painterly

50 Painterly  Textures

 

$40

Please note, it’s a big file so why not grab a coffee while you’re waiting for the download 🙂

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 and Skylum software

Celestial Painterly Pack Launch

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Welcome to this years full pack launch into outer space! This time it’s another addition to our most popular Painterly series, its theme is ‘Celestial’ which includes the names of stars and noble gasses as we thought we could discern swirling nebula gases and the textural landscapes of distant planets, without actually moving to Canada and enjoying getting spaced out!;-)
We’ve created this pack to be as easy to use as possible and over the recent weeks whilst we’ve been trailing them we found them good at beefing up landscapes and still life’s a treat with their muted tones and misty depths.
Taking a bite of our space cakes you’ll travel from Andromeda to Zosma and onto Pollux and Castor, mixing the familiar with the strange like Grus, Izar, Ranginui and Tarf. We hope you’ll have as much fun using these celestial textures as we have had whilst creating and naming them! 🙂

The Celestial Painterly Pack contains 50 rectangular shaped textures which have a minimum size of 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.

Flypaper Celestial Painterly

50 Painterly  Textures

 

$40

Please note, it’s a big file so why not grab a coffee while you’re waiting for the download 🙂

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 and Skylum software

Table Brushes

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Back to work after a long hot, dry summer in France, where i’ve been busily turning our 300 year old barn into an artist’s studio come photo studio.
Along with concreting the earth floor I’m also fitting roof windows, the first is up and working and is partly lighting this simple still life along with the big open barn doors allowing the sunny gardens reflected light.
As i’ve also just purchased my very first 50mm prime lens and thought I’d very quickly try it out with this partly painted backdrop canvas and very old table.
The raw result was flat and boring, but I thought I could rescue and pull it all together with Flypapers help!
Firstly, I lightened it a little in Camera raw, whilst toning down the white highlights, then in photoshop I duplicated it and opened Nik colour pro and used ‘Super Cross Pop’ preset.
I then opened the image in Topaz Impression and used one of my painterly presets at the usual 50% strength just to give it a painterly feel without degrading its quality too much.
Finally I opened the Russell Brown paper texture panel, preloaded with our Vignette textures from earlier this year and dialed through a few until I came across the perfect texture, brushed off the texture from the table top
and viola! Finally, I merged and slightly lightened the flat image with levels.

Flypaper Vignette no.44 Texture in Soft Light @ 100%

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

Flypaper Vignettes

50 Vignette Textures

Add to Cart

$40

Please note, it’s a big file so why not grab a coffee while you’re waiting for the download 🙂

Please visit our Pack page or Combo Pack page to buy Flypaper Textures. Or our Preset Page to buy Nik Presets. Or our Brush Page to buy our Photoshop brushes.
We recommend : Topaz filters and Skylum software

Summer Sale and Pastel Preset Launch

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First the sale! Simply enter the code Summer18 when purchasing and you’ll receive a 20% discount off any products, including the new preset pack but hurry as this discount is only valid until August 5th !

Welcome to our latest pack of the ever popular presets for Nik Color Efex.
For this seasons launch we have a soft pastel themed preset pack to cool your hot summer photography! A whopping 50 cool new mostly pastel presets all for the usual price of a 40 preset pack, bringing you bang up to date with all our recent image processing. These presets can tone down those bright summer colours and soften them, pulling them together with a softer, more tonal artistic look. They also work well with winter shoots, warming up cold grey tones.
Our new pastels work well with landscapes, still lifes, flowers, portraits and all sunny events. Their titles give a hint as to what we originally used them for but don’t let that hold you back!  Simply run through them all until you reach your desired look and then save or tweak your results until happy and save for later use! A useful tip when using these presets on your bright sunny photographs is to tone down your highlights and whites first in the Adobe Raw opening page, this avoids blown out highlights in your final processed images.

You can use them with textures or without, the images pictured above are mostly without so you can get an idea of their effects.

A tutorial on installing the presets (including screenshots) can be found HERE Once imported into Nik Colour Efex, the presets will then be found in the custom recipe list. Each Preset begins with the handy preface: Fly Pastel, so you’ll always know this set from others.

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

Flypaper Nik Pastel Presets

50 Nik Color Efex Presets

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$8

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 and Skylum software

Bokeh Pack launch

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We’re bonkers for Bokeh!
Welcome to another long awaited catch-up set of glittering Bokeh!
We’ve been working on this set for months and whilst doing so also noticed Bokeh is this seasons cool new look!
As we’ve been trialling them we discovered that layering them over dark contre-jour images really wakes them up and brings them back to life!
They also help to fill negative space and rebalance adding a dreamy sun-dappled, up to date feel.
We’ll show several examples of before and after, with macro flowers, beach and riverbanks, all having a natural affinity to bokeh as well as sun, candle lights and mellow golden hour summer picnics.
They also work well with glamour and celebrations such as wedding shoots.

The science bit.
Bokeh comes from a Japanese word describing the feel or nature of the out of focus areas of an image. Our bokeh’s smooth circles and hexagonal shapes are due to the spherical aberration in our cameras lens apertures and range from crisp sharp circles to artistically blurry.
Finally, just to enliven we have included hearts and stars all with a rough hand cut analogue feel!

For the best results these refracted bokeh pattern textures work best on images where there is some burred negative space, either caught in camera or added in your photo editing apps. For the backgrounds, try the smaller bokeh, for the foregrounds the bigger, mix them up, play with them, fade them and soften them until your image looks as though the brilliant bokeh was a happy accident! 😉

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Liven your images with 64 jewel-like, brightly coloured and iridescent Bokeh plates to both enhance and brighten your images.

This pack includes 64 all new bokeh textures that can also be used as overlays and backgrounds for all your photo and graphic needs.
The set includes portrait and landscape formats for every possible situation, also included is a ready made mini thumb file to aid the seamless uploading onto Russell Brown’s Adobe Paper Panel app in Photoshop.
They are 6000 by 4000 px and of course they are at industry printing standard 300ppi.

All our textures can be used in any editing program 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.

Flypaper Bokeh

64 Bokeh Textures

Add to Cart

$40

Please note, it’s a big file so why not grab a coffee while you’re waiting for the download 🙂

Please visit our Pack page or Combo Pack page to buy Flypaper Textures. Or our Preset Page to buy Nik Presets. Or our Brush Page to buy our Photoshop brushes.
We recommend : Topaz filters and Macphun software

Summer in a jug

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It’s been a wonderful summer here in southern New Zealand, in fact a record breaking one temperature wise. My garden has certainly loved the extra warmth, I’ve had a bumper crop of tomatoes and more cucumbers than I know what to do with, and the pumpkin has gone berserk,  as a result my pantry shelves are laden with jars of pickles and preserves. I’m in the midst of bottling unsweetened apple puree at the moment, I use it though the year as a base for smoothies, the apples (and all the fruit) have been very early in ripening this year.
Now onto the photo, the cosmos flowers were beautiful this year too, these are self sown and come up though my veggie garden and I’m too kind hearted to pull them all out 🙂
Processing was simple.
Fly vignette 24 @Soft Light 74% (desaturated with a hue saturation adjustment) and masked to taste from the focus flowers.
Then Nik to tweak tone slightly.

The texture is from the Fly Vignettes pack

Please visit our Pack page or Combo Pack page to buy Flypaper Textures. Or our Preset Page to buy Nik Presets. Or our Brush Page to buy our Photoshop brushes.
We recommend : Topaz filters and Skylum software

River Saone part two in portrait format

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Shot towards the end of the the same Saone river shoot blog we posted the other day,
I thought I’d quickly follow it with this similar but also quite different image that was processed in a similar way.
I used a poloriser filter on the camera to bring out the blue sky colour.
For processing I used Nik color pro to lighten the bottom with the reflector filter, then saved and sent it through Topaz impressions to give it a slightly more painterly feel, this smoothed out the image a little, but I could easily have left that process out as its so subtle here.

My favorite part, as ever is opening Russell Brown’s free Texture pannel Pro in Photoshop CC 2017, still loaded with our new Flypaper Vignettes Textures.
I only chose the warmer toned textures as I wanted to bring out the sunset tones in the clouds and after just a couple of clicks the image was in the bag, it came together so easily that I didn’t try anything else, just tweaked the horizon straighter and saved, job done! ☺ You can see the final straightened version on my Flickr and facebook, I couldn’t show it here as the mouse-over would have been jarring.

Vignette no.17 in Overlay @ 23%
Vignette no.19 in Overlay @ 80%
Vignette no.15 in Overlay @ 29%

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

Flypaper Vignettes

50 Vignette Textures

Add to Cart

$40

Please note, it’s a big file so why not grab a coffee while you’re waiting for the download 🙂

Please visit our Pack page or Combo Pack page to buy Flypaper Textures. Or our Preset Page to buy Nik Presets. Or our Brush Page to buy our Photoshop brushes.
We recommend : Topaz filters and Skylum software

Flooded River Saone

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Firstly, a big Happy New year to all our readers!
Up here in eastern France we’ve had a very soggy winter, warmer than usual but also much wetter and because of all that rain we’ve not had much chance of getting fresh images, but on Sunday we had a rare golden hour when I captured some lovely floodscapes on a very flooded River Saone.
Shot from an ancient raised Roman road above the flooded farmfields, these trees are normally overgrown hedgerow tops and not the banks of a huge lake!

For processing I just used our new Flypaper Vignettes textures after first upping the tonal contrast in Nik color Pro.
The lovely sunset mauve tones were natural but enhanced the colours with the textures.
When texturing very subtle images like this, its always a good idea to duplicate your base image and layer it on top of your textures if you feel youre losing too much fine detail as I have in this recipe.

Vignette no.48 in Overlay @ 48%
Vignette no.5 in Overlay @ 100%
Duplicated base image in Softlight @ 75%
Duplicated base image in Softlight @ 75%
Vignette no.20 in Overlay @ 22%

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

Flypaper Vignettes

50 Vignette Textures

Add to Cart

$40

Please note, it’s a big file so why not grab a coffee while you’re waiting for the download 🙂

Please visit our Pack page or Combo Pack page to buy Flypaper Textures. Or our Preset Page to buy Nik Presets. Or our Brush Page to buy our Photoshop brushes.
We recommend : Topaz filters and Skylum software

Flypaper Vignettes launch

Welcome to our brand new Flypaper Textures ‘Vignettes’ pack!
Who would have thought that we had not already launched such a strong concept pack?
This pack is a great all rounder, from heavy to light and ethereal and all shades in between perfect for adding extra drama to your photos.

Once again we’ve managed to cram 50 pro sized textures of various formats including portrait, landscape and square to cover all bases.
Whilst trialling them over several weeks we have found them easy to use when adding atmosphere and helping pull pictures together whilst bringing more attention to wherever you need it.
We also include 50 generated thumbnails so that this pack will open up in Russell Brown’s Adobe paper texture panel straight away without any problems or glitches certain Mac based artists have noticed over the recent Mac system upgrades.

Don’t forget our Black Friday 25% off all products sale including the new Vignettes! This is your chance to catch up with all the missing texture packs from your collection at rock bottom prices
But hurry, the sale will finish on the 30th November! Simply enter the code Whitefly on purchase to receive the discount.


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The Flypaper Vignettes Pack contains 50 textures; 48 rectangles and two squares, their sizes vary with most being 4000-5000 px on their shortest side and of course they 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.

Flypaper Vignettes

50 Vignette Textures

Add to Cart

$40

Please note, it’s a big file so why not grab a coffee while you’re waiting for the download 🙂

Please visit our Pack page or Combo Pack page to buy Flypaper Textures. Or our Preset Page to buy Nik Presets. Or our Brush Page to buy our Photoshop brushes.
We recommend : Topaz filters and Skylum software

 

Bluebells

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It’s been far too long since our last before/after photo and texture recipe blog post! Time has been short of late as we’ve been busy with many other projects. Hopefully we’ll be blogging a bit more frequently in the future though.
It’s late spring here in southern New Zealand and the bluebells are flowering, these ones were picked at our country hut where they grow wild under the trees…my very own English bluebell wood.

It was processed using  the wonderful new Waxworks textures,  we hope you’re all enjoying using them as much as we are!

Anyway, the processing.
First of all I opened the photo in Nik Color efex and used the “neutralise whites”filter, this helped tone down the slightly warmish tone you may notice on the original image. From memory I just used Nik’s default settings for that filter.
Linden @ Multiply 64%
Gaia @ Overlay 54%
Curves layer to tweak tone
Both textures are from the Waxworks pack.

Please visit our Pack page or Combo Pack page to buy Flypaper Textures. Or our Preset Page to buy Nik Presets. Or our Brush Page to buy our Photoshop brushes.
We recommend : Topaz filters and Macphun software

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