Flypaper Textures


Prickly Pears


It’s a little known fact, but whilst at school I was a nerdy member of the South Yorkshire Cactus and Succulent Society, and wore a cute little prickly pear opuntia sticking out of a house of York white rose enamel badge, unkindly abbreviated to… well, we wont go there!
Didn’t do much at the monthly meets, just had a slideshow and lecture by Cactus nuts, normally after their having visited the Arizona or Mexican desert. Also, members sold their plants cheaply to each other at the end of the evening, otherwise they cost a fortune back then..

So, many years later it came a nice surprise to discover after moving to the south of France that even here on the northern most edge of the Mediterranean, we get loads of these prickly pears growing like weeds in stony hedgerows!

The fruits innards are like a red-fleshed pulpy watermelons, and barely worth the trouble of picking as the spots are made of tiny fibres which irritate the skin, that’s if you get past their mothers giant spines!

The idea came to me to use these varied coloured pears for a collection type poster. I had it all worked out in my head, shot it in the roof with 2 velux windows above  and a couple of fill-in lights to take away the darker shadows. I shot them on cream card, it needed a warming background as the light was very blue and white can be a nightmare to texture as a background.

I made a Flypaper Prickly Pear preset in Nik color pro efex  and you can freely download  it  HERE – which really brought the fruits to life!  I textured in the normal way. I always load my full size fly sets into the Adobe paper Panel from our friend, Dr Russell Brown, btw, you lucky guys with CC cloud, there is a new texture panel upgrade just out!

I also tried uploading our French Receipts PNG overlays set into the panel, but even though it uploads fine, the PNG’s wont show up, so I hit ‘Random’ and got 3 overlays show up, click off the ones you don’t like, keep trying till you get the one you finally like and there you go, better than nothing! I finally removed the bottom half of the overlay, and I also cloned and moved – Fruits Sec. – header at the top right to line up with the first pear and finally adjusted the brightness to taste!

Sonnet – Soft Light @ 100%
Mystic Hues – Soft Light @ 20%
Muscatel – Soft Light @ 100%
Dangerous Liaisons – Overlay @ 26% Texture removed from fruits
Dried Fruits – Fruits Secs. PNG – Multiply @ 37% all text removed from fruit
Dried Fruits – Fruits Secs. PNG – Multiply @ 34% all text removed from fruit and a slight blurring with Gaussian Blur filter to soften.

Sonnet and Mystic Hues are from the Spring Painterly, Muscatel is from Tex Box 2 and Dangerous Liaisons is from Tex Box 1.. The dried fruits png is from the French Receipt PNG pack

How to import presets and/or recipes in Color Efex 4
Open Color Efex Pro 4 from the host application that you use (Photoshop, Lightroom or Aperture).
Click “Recipes” in the left panel.
At the bottom of the Recipes menu, click “Import.”
Select the “.np” preset files you have saved and import them.
These presets will then be located in the “Imported” section.

Please visit our Pack page or Combo Pack page to buy Flypaper Textures.

Pear tintype


Another addition to my collection of pear photos.  They’re such photogenic fruit and especially this variety with its elongated shape, a Beurre Bosc in fact. The photo was taken with the lensbaby edge 80, a wonderful lens I must add! Perfect for still-lifes like this one and lensbaby shots have a natural affinity to textures.
Anyway the processing…no Nik presets this time sorry, I didn’t even use Nik on this photo.
Electra @ Overlay 100%
Etched Copper @ Soft Light 100%
Scuffed Rust @ Soft light 100%
Tintype 15 @ Normal 100% masked from everything except the edge.
Tintype 15 @ Hard Light 100%
Curves and Hue Saturation layers to slightly tweak the tone and colour.

Electra, Etched Copper And Scuffed Rust are from the Flypaper Metallic Pack, Tintype 15 is from the Tintype Edge Pack

Please visit our Pack page or Combo Pack page to buy Flypaper Textures.



Another image from the grounds of Leeds Castle in Kent, I came across this interesting themed hillside camp-site situated beyond their large vineyard which can be glimpsed in the background, and found they’re now running a new Glamping site!
All these lovely fresh new tents with their different primary colours were glowing in the morning sun, however, some were occupied so I didn’t like to get too close!

Using the Polarizer filter caused those dark top corners as I also had a stacked UV filter.

The ornamental axed spear or joust gave me the idea of doing a kind of medieval set-up. I find in illustration, one object is just an object, but add another relevant object and you begin to get a kind of narrative, a third addition being the textures and processing, this finishes the narrative by adding depth and atmosphere, yes, book covers can be as simple at this!

From the before and after you’ll see I tidied away a pole and removed some distracting light patches from the vineyard. Processing took quite a few steps so I’ve simplified it for this recipe and as the last giveaway with so popular, thanks for the positive feedback guys!

We also include the 2nd free Nik Preset;
Flypaper Medieval as promised! ☺

Flypaper Medieval Nik Preset Multiply @ 44%
Flypaper Medieval Nik Preset Multiply @ 21%
Flypaper Metallic Bauxite TextureSoft Light @ 100%
Flypaper Metallic Mars Texture Soft Light @ 100%
Tintype metal Edges no:2 Screen @ 87%
Flypaper Tex Box 1 Necropolis Soft Light @ 22%

Finishing with final colour tweaking and brightening.

How to import presets and/or recipes in Nik Color Efex 4

Open Color Efex Pro 4 from the host application that you use (Photoshop, Lightroom or Aperture).
Click “Recipes” in the left panel.
At the bottom of the Recipes menu, click “Import.”
Select the “.np” preset files you have saved and import them.
These presets will then be located in the “Imported” section.

Tintype no: 2 is from the Tintype Edges Pack, Mars and Bauxite are from the Metallic Pack, and Necropolis is from Tex Box 1.

Please visit our Pack page or Combo Pack page to buy Flypaper Textures.

The Lake House


If like us, you’re just back from holidaying  you’ll also have reams of new images to process. So with this in mind we’ve come up with a new idea, to help you on your way we’ll give you a head start with our Nik Color Pro free Fly Preset download, just hit this LINK and you’ll have the preset I created yesterday when I processed this English holiday picture, it’s a good all-round preset, and it compliments our Flypaper Tin edges beautifully. If you guys approve and we get some nice feedback, we’ll then be encouraged to share more of our Nik Presets!

The images location was from the grounds of Leeds Castle in Kent, where I spent a luxurious night after driving from France, taken quite late, well after the park had closed to outside visitors and thus had lovely clear views, stunning golden hour sunlight and plenty of tame peacocks to capture!

Processing was simple, you’ll see I cloned out some clutter from what I assumed was the Pump House, ran it through the Nik color efex pro preset I’ve given you and then applied the Tintype 18 texture  @ Screen 44%

How to import presets and/or recipes in Color Efex 4
Open Color Efex Pro 4 from the host application that you use (Photoshop, Lightroom or Aperture).
Click “Recipes” in the left panel.
At the bottom of the Recipes menu, click “Import.”
Select the “.np” preset files you have saved and import them.
These presets will then be located in the “Imported” section.

Tintype 18 is from the Tintype Edges Pack
Please visit our Pack page or Combo Pack page to buy Flypaper Textures.



This was a quick shot I took yesterday on a shelf in our glasshouse, I put an old tray behind the shelf as a backdrop, gathered some vine prunings and then picked a twig of japonica from the shrub growing nearby and voila!  Japonica or Chaenomeles japonica has spiky branches, brilliant coloured flowers which appear before the leaves in spring, and in autumn there are japonica fruit. I’ve never used the fruit but apparently you can. Japonica Jelly anyone?

Anyway, the processing.
I started by processing the image in Nik colour efex, unfortunately I don’t remember the exact settings I used, I sometimes save my recipes but didn’t in the case. I “think” it could have been one of the vintage film presets, tweaked to give the colour you see here.
Then it was time for textures
Smoky Dusk @ Overlay 65% masked from the focus flower
Smoky Dusk @ multiply 39% masked from the lower portion of the image using a graduated fill mask.
Masque @ Overlay 61% masked from the flowers
Tintype 30 @ Multiply 75% it was partially removed from the central portion of the image leaving the edges untouched.

Smoky Dusk is from the Metallic Pack, Masque is from the August Painterly and the Tintype 30 is from the Tintype pack.

Please visit our Pack page or Combo Pack page to buy Flypaper Textures.

Owl Service


Its like Christmas even in high summer when you come across an old image that’s worth processing!
Happened to me here whilst going through old external hard drives. I shot this back in the winter of 2008/9, whilst exploring our local ancient graveyard in Beziers City center after first moving here from a nearby village. The moment I opened this old file I instantly saw this flat, boring snap crying out to become a gothic book cover image, just patiently waiting to be processed.
It’s serendipitous now because we’d just released Tintype Edges and Metallic Textures, both of which were heaven sent for this kind of gothic subject!

Processed just using our Flypaper Textures, I tried many combinations but the two latest Fly releases won out in the end.
I gently brushed away the Metallic textures from the bronze verdigris Owl to help it ‘pop out’ slightly.
The final Tintype edges primarily worked by adding a soft grungy vignette and beefing up the marble background, pulling it all together and producing a heavy gothic atmosphere.

Pewter Metallic – Soft Light @ 100%
Silver Nitrate Metallic – Overlay @ 33%
Tintype Edge2 – Soft Light @ 26%
Tintype Edge14 – Soft Light @ 100%
Tintype Edge 16 – Soft Light @ 42%

Pewter  and Silver Nitrate are from the Flypaper Metallic Pack, Tintype 2, 14 and 16 are from the Tintype pack.
Please visit our Pack page or Combo Pack page to buy Flypaper Textures.

Vintage Hydrangea


I am enjoying the versatility of our new Flypaper metallics, I love the light metallic sheen that some of them give to photos depending on the blending mode and opacity of the texture layer, this adds a whole new dimension. In this shot of a single hydrangea floret on an old mirror, I combined the metallics with one of our tintype edges, they work so well together!
Now onto the processing, and unlike Paul who usually adjusts his photo before adding textures, I mostly texture then adjust the resulting image.
Verdigris Scratch @ Overlay 100% masked from the focus areas
Metallic Sky @ Overlay 100% masked as above
Tintype 30@ Multiply 100% masked gently from the flower

Then I merged visible and applied a selective hue saturation layer to tone down the red blob in the background
Then it was onto Nik where I selectively used the detail extractor to bring out the details of the flower.

Verdigris Scratch and Metallic Sky are from the Flypaper Metallic Pack, Tintype 30 is from the Tintype pack.
Please visit our Pack page or Combo Pack page to buy Flypaper Textures.

Indenture for a house by the sea


Welcome to the first recipe for the new Metallic set of textures!

Here, as we’ve had lots of emails asking for support with setting up automated texturing from members of the Adobe Cloud, we’d just like to let you lucky guys know that Russell Brown’s Flypaper Texture Panel does indeed work with the new CC photoshop etc, but you’ll first need to remove your old panel versions and update to the Pro-Panel which you can access through the top line of photoshop and simply hit: – Window – Extensions – Adobe Exchange.

For other related and often asked questions, we’re currently putting an extensive faq sheet together and will publish this week!

For this simple still life, lit from a side window with a piece of ugly cardboard behind, I needed some drastic life injecting into it to rescue it from the trash basket! Thus Nik Effex Pro was used to lighten the centre and slightly vignette the edges.The Crossprocessing turquoise tone is also from Nik color pro, and although the set-up was shot with my lensbaby optic 80, I still added a little more Vignette Blur with Nik, to add to the overall slightly dreamy atmosphere which with the addition of four new Metallic Textures, I quickly pulled together by easily accessing my full size texture pack
(as I have a new Imac with lots of processing power) in Russell Brown’s new Pro-Panel.

Summing up, as I said in the last blog post, I personally find its better to roughly sort out your image before texturing, then the additional finishing textures can only enhance further!

Metallic Textures used
Smoky Dusk – Soft Light @ 100%
Opal Silver  – Soft Light @ 100%
Tarnished  – Soft Light @ 100%
Mars  –  Soft Light @ 100%

Nik color pro recipe
Cross Processing no.2 @ 34%
Darken / Lighten Centre  No.1  Centre Luminosity 2% -50% 50%
Vignette Blur No.2 Type 3 75% 23% 43%
Reflector Efex  Gold  40% 40% 39% 45% 7*
Ink  No.5 @ 12%

All textures are from the new Metallic Pack

Please visit our Pack page or Combo Pack page to buy Flypaper Textures.

New Metallic Pack

mosiac metallic

Following on from our popular tintype textures we now proudly launch a brand new metallic set which perfectly complements our popular tintype edges. This set can be used to create modern, up to date and retro imagery or mixed with any of our eight previous texture packs for endless effects! As ever, the textures names loosely describe the textures, in this case mostly metals, from Anodised Steel to Pewter, others describe atmospheric scenes such as the handsome Smoky Dusk to a Silver Glade which we feel describe their looks perfectly!

So take a stroll through these cool new metallic shades, see how the metallic tones have a natural affinity with the photographic medium? With the darker textures notice how they add depth and beef up the shadows, then perhaps apply some lighter toned textures to add an ethereal soft mistiness and bring out the highlights? Don’t be afraid to try layering several textures together as we believe this set can easily take it! We found they work wonderfully on still life’s, adding a soft rich atmosphere, which we’ll be showing in brand new recipes over the coming weeks!

This pack contains 40 rectangle shaped, landscape orientated textures, all are professionally sized 4000 x 5000 pixels and @ industry printing standard 300dpi.
For downloads please click on the Add to Cart icon. A download link will be sent to you after you’ve made your payment.

Flypaper Metallic

40 Metallic Based Textures

Add to Cart


to the sea


Firstly we’d like to say a big thank you to Ben Willmore for helping publicise our Flypaper textures on his very informative live podcast last Monday and Tuesday! I’ve managed to watch around half of the many hours so far, and I have to say after downloading the HD copy and watching it when I choose rather than see the realtime transmitted version, its much clearer and easier to see his Photoshop tutorials and well worth the 75 USD download price for the full two days crash creative course, so that you can stop it and replay as much as you like, I also understand a full PDF script will be available soon, so you can then crib from the notes.

I’ve so far particularly enjoyed his stylizing/painterly tutorials and Ive picked up a great new way of finessing the painterly effect without getting those nasty affects when you use the normal Photoshop paint filters. The above image was made with the CS paint filter and has some ugly pixelated effects under her arms and around the dress pattern, so I re-watched his tutorial just now and reprocessed using his very own ‘Defused Glow’ technique and I have to say it worked a treat!

Other tutorials include getting to grips with smart filters and masking, showing the pro way to mask textures and our Flypaper Textures with and without the Adobe Paper Panel Flypaper Textures. He also shows how to use the new CS oil paint filters with masking and I’m delighted to say its the clearest way Ive ever seen them demonstrated. The full 2 day course will be repeated on the 1st August or just buy it now!

My featured photograph was taken this week, the lady just caught my eye, I liked her pose as she stood at the sea’s edge and I whipped out my camera which just happened to have a Lensbaby Optic 80 attached and was lucky enough to have her mostly in focus. I think she was looking down at her cute little dachshund/sausage dog that came and sat right in the middle of my beach towel, much to her embarrassment and my delight! The Lensbaby was angled down, you can tell this by the dark top edge of the before mouse-over image, this I quickly cloned out, its easy when you intend to texture as you don’t need to be perfect, though mine was good this time. I easily cloned out the bathers and sea bobbers and boats as they added nothing.

The green/yellow glowing colour was achieved in Nik color efex pro, and I saved the recipe to share.
I finally finished with 2 flypaper textures, which helped add interest and a painterly quality to the negative space.

Nik Color Processing
Cross processing filter 4 @ 47%
Graduated filter 3 opacity @ 26% top only
Reflector Efex Gold @ 27% light intensity

Flypaper Textures Used
Moleskin @Soft Light 100%
Brushed Rose @ Soft Light 100%

Moleskin and Brushed Rose are from the Summer Painterly Pack.

Please visit our Pack page or Combo Pack page to buy Flypaper Textures.