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Japonica

 

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.

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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.
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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.
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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

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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

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$40

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.

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One

 

As we’ve often said, its the softer images that are the easiest to texture, that’s not to say that bright ones don’t work with textures, but overcast days with soft light are so much easier to work with. This photo was taken on the very last day of 2012, midsummer here in New Zealand but it certainly doesn’t look it with that stormy sky.

Anyway moving quickly along to the processing…
Catacomb Frieze @ Overlay 100% masked softly from the sky and desaturated a little
Buccolico @ Overlay 75% once again masked softly from the sky and desaturated a little.
Versailles @ Soft Light 100% mostly masked from the sea/sand
Graduated fill to taste to darken the sky a little
Nik Efex 4 Ink filter (just the first one on the list at a very low opacity) This brightened the image a little and gave a slight warmish tone.

Catacomb Frieze is from the Spring Painterly Pack, Buccolico is from the August Painterly pack and Versailles is from the Autumn Pack.

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Diary

 

I’ve always written a diary, I started when I was about 10, probably imitating my father initially as he is a diary writer too. My diaries are on the whole pretty factual and boring, except during my teenage years when with the usual teen angst, I poured out my thoughts on life, boys, so called friends and suchlike, those ones certainly make embarrassing reading now, but I’m glad I still have them. Just browsing them now, even the ones with just the bare facts is enough to trigger a memories -the family holiday in a hired caravan (which we named Vanessa) when I was about 10, the visits to my grandparents, boarding school dinners (always a highlight of the day!), the first job, boyfriends….

Anyway the processing…
Ducale @ Soft Light 100% masked gently from the diary
Tiepolo @ overlay 50% masked as above.
I then merged visible Ctrl-shift-alt-E
And applied a Nik colour efex vintage film filter at a low opacity, this just desaturated slightly and brightened the tone. If you don’t have Nik, a curves adjustment would probably do the same thing.

Ducale and Tiepolo are both from the August Painterly pack

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Afternoon Shade

 

For my final blog post before my trip to England, I found an image from my last trip to Rye in East Sussex, a lovely medieval silted up port. I spent an afternoon walking up and down the narrow cobbled lanes and even bought small antique china and enamel retro kitchen ware from twee antique shops and charity stores with an eye to using them in future still life set-ups back in France.

This couple of old dears were slowly ambling along, and I managed to steal a cheeky shot, whist they dithered in a pub doorway. Strangely the word ‘mint’ poped up behind them whilst texturing, which I quickly cloned out, and I now see its a famous pub, I swear I don’t hang around pubs with trip-wires for models!
For the annoying crease across the gents shirt, which Martine advised me to iron out, I sometimes show work in progress to Martine or Jill and vice-versa, as its always handy to have the input from a fresh pair of eyes!

His shirt patten annoyed me, as I thought it made the pair look slightly too modern, so I blurred the shirt area only with Gaussian blur and it worked a treat, I also blurred the whole image to soften and enhance the feel of afternoon heat.
The recipe was fairly straight forward after a colour tweak in Nik Color Pro, using these settings:

Nik:
Cross Processing B02 53%
Classical Soft Focus 1- Defused detail 18%, Strength 43%, Brightness 6%

Flypaper Textures:

Sariel Leather @ Soft Light  73%
Muscatel @Soft light  39% (blurred)
Pantheon Stone @Soft Light  100%
Swanns Way @Soft Light  17%

Sariel Leather is from the Summer Painterly Pack. Muscatel is from Tex Box 2, Pantheon Stone  and Swanns way are from the Spring Painterly pack

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White rose

 

Winter is starting to show itself here in southern New Zealand so to get my flower fix I had a trawl of my archives and found this rose which cried out for the additon of some texture. It’s a lovely easy recipe today utilising just two textures.

Aqua Vita @ hard light 91% masked softly from the flower. this provided much of the background texture.
Copy of background @ soft light 25%
And then to add some softness and a tiny bit of warm tone
Bellini @ Soft light 34%
Bellini @ Soft Light 34%
Bellini @ screen 17%
And yes you read that correctly, I have duplicated the Bellini layer 3 times, I like to do this to add depth. There was no Nik, no curves, no other adjustments….just the way I like it, nice and simple 🙂
Bellini and Aqua Vita are from the August Painterly Pack
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