Flypaper Textures


retro red boat

Back down from the mountains, on our local French Mediterranean beach the other day.
I spied this washed up boat with sea foam in one of our local salt water lakes or ‘etangs’ in French, which are just behind our sand dunes.
To achieve this easy retro look I first used the old Painterly effect..

And applied these flypapers.
A final slight tweak with image – adjustments – auto tone, contrast and color to finish.

Chlorophyll – Opacity @ 62%
(Green texture removed from boat)
Caramel Soft (blurred)- Soft Light @ 70%
Colosseum Sienna – Soft Light @ 56%
Colosseum Sienna – Soft Light @ 23%
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Barely There (desaturating a texture)

I took this one at my parents house last weekend, the wall in their conservatory is a lovely blue colour and makes a great backdrop.
As well as a recipe today, I’m going to try and explain how I change the colour of textures or de-saturate them in photoshop by using a Clipping Mask, the big advantage of doing it this way as you can easily go back later and change things.

I started off by duplicating the background.
Hue Saturation layer to de-saturate the image slightly
Dark blue colour layer @ exclusion 29% with some of the colour removed from the focus flower
yellow/green colour layer @ screen 22%
Cholorophyl Texture @ Overlay 100%
and the photo looked like this:

Which was too green for my tastes so I decided to de-saturate the texture.
Press the alt key and at the same time click on the adjustment layers button at the bottom of your layers palette and select a hue/saturation adjustment layer. Release the alt key.
A box will open

Check the “use Previous layer as a clipping mask” box and press okay.
Your layers palette will now look like this with the  hue saturation layer attached to the texture layer.
And by adjusting the sliders in the hue/saturation adjustment box you can tweak the colour to taste. In my case the settings were Hue -16, saturation -100 and lightness -16. As I said before, the advantage of this method is you can go back and tweak things very easily and turn off the adjustment layer too if so desired.
Next I added:
Apple Blush (pack 1) @ soft light 100% this was desaturated a little using the above method, I also removed some of the texture from the focus flower.
Grosgrain (Pack 1) @ Screen 27 % with some of the texture removed as above.
I finished with a  curves layer to give the colour a final tweak.
Of course you can use any of the adjustment layers as a clipping mask, it’s a great tool!
Hope you’ve followed all that, feel free to ask questions and I’ll do my best to answer.


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snow hedge

Another grungy snow scene from the plateau at the top of our local southern French mountains.
Shot towards the sun in raw mode with the polarizer lens.

Lost Void – Opacity – Overlay @ 100%
Lost Void (flipped vertically) – Opacity – Overlay@ 100%
Colosseum Sienna – Opacity – Soft Light @ 100%
Lime plaster – Opacity – Multiply @ 17%
Muscatel – Opacity – Soft Light @ 91%
Base image (copy) – Opacity – Multiply @ 14%

Finally, I flattened and tweaked with the color sliders to bring out the cool tones.
To do this I make a copy of the finished image and change the copy like this:
Go to the top header in Photoshop – Image – Adjustments – Hue/Saturation,
3 sliders will show.
Move the top slider until you like the colours. Press OK.
I then merge the two copies with as much or as little change as I feel is right.
Merge or Flatten and save.
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It’s been another warm day here so after dinner we went for a quick walk along a road (now closed to traffic) above St Kilda Beach, the light was dramatic with dark skies and occasional sunbeams breaking through the cloud layers . At the end of the road, is wonderful lookout with views right down the south coast, I’ve not been there for several years as the area has been completely closed to everyone for construction work. Thankfully the threatening rain held off or we would have got soaked, not my camera though as I’d gone prepared with a plastic bag for it…..just in case!

Processing this time was fairly quick and easy.
After straightening my horizon…it’s always crooked no matter how much effort I make to keep things straight
I added
Muscatel @ overlay 58% (this is such a versatile texture!)
Lavender Skies @ Overlay 100% this texture brightened the lower portion of the photo a bit like using a graduated filter. I removed some of the texture from the top portion of the sky by using a graduated layer mask.

And it was done!
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Valras from the sea

This is a view of my local resort of Valras. I don’t go too often as its normally crowded with vacationers from up north, but winter offers off-season opportunities of sleepy dereliction!
This image is taken from above the sea, on a rock Jetty. Its a kind of view you’d get normally only get from a passing boat.
Those real Jet trails are headed towards Barcelona,
just three hours away via car.

Taken with a polarized lens in portrait format.
Firstly, I enhanced and softened with a Painterly effect..

Colosseum Sienna (desaturated to B/W) Opacity – Overlay @ 43%
Lime Plaster – Opacity – Color Burn @ 24 %

Auto tone to finish to brighten the blue sky.
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smooth skater

In the north of France, Martine and I visited an ice-skating rink.
As there were some kind of championships taking place we took our camera’s and spent a very cold hour or two, shooting hundreds of ambient lit photographs.

I’d never been to such a show before and was thus amazed to see these kids getting teddies and dolls thrown onto the ice afterwords instead of the flowers adults get! We both had surreal visions of these kids houses filled to bursting point with all these soft toys!

Processing was easy, firstly I used the ‘reduce noise’ filter a few times, as there was quite a bit of color noise. I also cloned away some blurring around the boy. As he was traveling at great speed I was following him with the lens. This is the cause of the background blur, which I liked.

The textures I used brightened the image, playing with the color sliders I came up with this recipe by trail and error, mostly to counter-act the dull pink lighting.
Our square format textures pull easily into the landscape format as above.

Colosseum Sienna ~
(desaturated to pale blue) ~ Opacity ~ Soft Light @ 81%
Muscatel (desaturated to a dark green) ~ Opacity ~ Soft Light @ 59%

To finish, the dark Green Muscatel was brushed from the boys shirt, head and hands to bring out the pink/mauve tones.
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the green one!

Fennel is considered a weed in many places but I don’t mind it in my garden. I love it for it’s wonderful towering flower stalks and seedheads, it’s lovely soft ferny foliage, it’s aniseed fragrance and flavour.
At one time I’d have avoided the power-pole or cloned it out, but I like the juxtaposition of shapes and forms here.

Processing was fairly simple
Algae @ multiply 100% I used the patch tool to get rid of some of the grunge spots from the texture that I felt were distracting. This texture layer provided most of the green colour and some of the vignetting.
Tarte Tatin@ Soft Light 54%
Selective colour adjustment layer where I tweaked the neutrals a bit.

The photo at this stage looked okay but I wanted to add some drama so I merged visible Ctrl-Alt-Shift-E and added a render lighting effects filter layer, and tried several different “lights” before I settled on what you see here.
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I never know what to write about my flower photos here, landscapes are much easier to write about 🙂
So today you’ll just get the processing recipe.
I decided on the soft treatment on these roses, I did have more textures to start with, archival canvas and apple blush etc but I decided I liked it better soft and pastel.

I started with a levels adjustment to brighten the image a little.
Then I added
Peach Blush @ Overlay 25%
Rainbow trout @ Soft Light 59 %
0c0237 colour layer @ Exclusion 100%
fcf8dd colour layer @ Overlay 40%
f8daa6 colour layer @ overlay 37 %
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edge of the pines

After waiting for snow for much of the winter, I finally gave in and drove up into our local mountains in search of the precious white powder!
After a great day and many worth while captures, this was the final shot, with a polarizer filter in raw mode. Taken during the last half hour of sunlight. This final edit is just 50% of the full frame landscape.
Only very light processing was needed to enrich and warm.

Muscatel ~ Opacity ~ Vivid light @ 9%
Final curves were used to enhance.
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I’ve been offline for the last few days while my computer was upgraded. The upgrade (basically a new computer) was done by my son and it didn’t go as smoothly as expected -the two hours he quoted me turned into almost two days. The house has never looked tidier!!
Now that I’m up and running again I’ve been spending a lot of time reloading my programmes and discovering that some things don’t work any more, the main one being Outlook Express which I’ve used as my email programme forever. It’s great having a much faster computer though, processing Raw files which used to take what seemed like forever to save in Camera Raw are now done in moments and now I can open photoshop and Bridge at the same time without the whole system coming to a standstill.
Anyway I processed this quickly last evening when I was looking for something relatively easy to work on. Forget-me-nots from this past spring. It started off as a fairly subtle treatment but then I decided to pile on the grunge 🙂

Backdrop @ Soft Light 100%
Peach Blush @ Overlay 62 %
Archival canvas @ multiply 100%
Grosgrain @ Normal 22%
Archival canvas @ hard light 24 % with a little of the texture removed from the focus flowers.
Copy of background @ Soft light 74%
Pompeii Stucco @ Hard light 100% with it’s colour cooled a little with a hue saturation layer.
Pompeii Stucco @ multiply 47%
Holmes @ Overlay 81 % with its colour desaturated slightly
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