Flypaper Textures



I put my wonderful but neglected macro lens on this morning and went for a quick expedition round my garden. This Clematis montana is in full bloom, and the flowers were sparkling with droplets after overnight rain.

I processed this one by duplicating the background layer and then blurring it using the lens blur filter, then I added a layer mask and removed some of the blur from the central portion of the flower.
The textures I used were
Caramel soft, blurred slightly at Overlay 59%
Caramel soft again, blurred at Soft light 59%
Apple Blush, which had had it’s colour tweaked with a hue saturation adjustment so it was warmer and darker @Soft Light 80%

Barge through the mist

Another from my misty day shoot!
This time along our famous Beziers ‘Canal du Midi’, built by Paul Riquet
The most famous son of our city of Beziers.

It connects the French Atlantic West-coast with the French Mediterranean, a huge feat of civil engineering for its time.

This barge appeared out of the dark mist, looming and silent, the light was all I could see for several moments,
then the boats prow and the guy steering.

For this image, I didn’t do much at all, I just used our Apple Blush texture twice, first the normal way in Overlay @ 43%
then I flipped it, to get some of the warm tones on the other sides trees, but needed to brush out a little from the middle.
This texture was also in Overlay mode but at 47%
A final tweak was necessarily with curves to bring out the tones.

Pines in the mist

A rare misty day in our part of the world.
These mists are so far and few I have to dash out with my camera!
This picture was taken on a strange atmospheric hill that sticks out of the old sea marshes, or ‘Etang’ in French.
It now rises out of a sea of golden vineyards.

On top was a Roman settlement, guarding the road to Narbonne,  called Oppidum in those days an important sea port, now silted up and landlocked for over a thousand years.
On top of the hill, there have been archeological digs for more than one hundred years.
It’s ‘Necropolis’ was a veritable treasure trove, its bounty being so rich that a Roman Museum was built on top of the hill to house the finds.
The Romans were finally forced to abandon this strategic hill after the area became Malaria infested.

The order of Textures can be important,
so I’m showing a screen shot of my layers, I list them from bottom up.

Raw Linen – Multiply opacity @ 39%
Apple Blush – Overlay opacity @ 73%
Apple Blush – Soft Light opacity @ 68%
Bruised Saffron – Soft light opacity @ 23%
Raw Linen – Linear Burn opacity @ %19
(both Raw linen textures were blurred)
The top layer is a copy of the trees placed on top of the textures to bring them out of the textural mist!
Top image copy – Soft Light opacity @ %100

To see the brightend version – with curves, please go to my Paul Grand flickr site

Family Walk

Another day another beach! I took this last weekend when we went for a quick walk at Doctors Point near Dunedin. Since my family isn’t cooperative when it comes to photos I have to make the most of any opportunities when it comes to getting some human interest in my photos, taking photos of distant strangers for example 🙂

I processed this using Shagreen Bone at Overlay 63%
Followed by Caramel Soft at Overlay 100%
As well as adding texture the Caramel Soft layer also gave the photo most of the warm colour you see, in fact it added a bit much warmth to the sky so I added a layer mask to that layer and using a large soft brush set at about 32% opacity and removed a bit of the texture from the sky.
After the additon of a curves layer to tweak the tone and contrast, I called it done!

the sea bobber!

As requested, we now start to tackle live subjects!
This image is from a shoot with a charming Danish Family.
Its hard to believe that just a month ago we were still sea bathing!

I don’t recommend standing in the sea with an expensive camera, but if that’s what it takes to get a natural shot, who am I to argue?

Okay, to bring your ‘family photos’ up a level,
try this blend of Flypaper textures.
Just three were used with these levels;

Apple Blush with Soft light @ 100%
Orient express with Soft light @ 39%
Pompeii Stucco With Overlay @ 39%

To keep the skin nice and smooth (flattering) I simply painted over each texture covering just the boy with the blur tool.
This keeps the same rich colour values as the surround but stops the skin from looking ‘dirty’.
I’m sure his mom will approve of that! 🙂

La tour romane

This 10th century Franco Roman tower is just outside the medieval village of Puissalicon.
Its just a short 10 min drive north from my coastally situated Beziers.
known as a veritable masterpiece of Romanesque art in Languedoc.
Its 4.3m wide and stands at 26m.
It was built as a bell tower for the church of Saint Etienne de Peazan priory.
These buildings are now lost in the mists of time, probably during the wars of religion. All that remains is a fragment of an arch top, left on display at the base of the tower. This tour is one of the most precious monuments of the region of Beziers.

I was very lucky to find this tour bathed in a biblical light, seeing this site much as the original 10th century Gallo-Romano people saw it.

Shot with a polarizor, using just 3 simple flypaper textures.
For the PP I upped the colour/brightness values and then used these textures:

Apple Blush with Soft light opacity @ 100%
Caramel Soft with Soft light opacity @ 100%
Orient Express with Overlay opacity @ 43%, Fill @ 72%

When I don’t add the‘Fill level’, Its left at 100%.
If you have no Fill, you can just ignore this slider setting.

To see the full landscape version, please go to my Paul Grand flickr site!

Flying Lessons (or Gull ballet)

Another from a visit to the beach the other day!
Quite a bit of work went into this one to get the “look” I wanted.
First I duplicated the background and blurred it using a lens blur, and using a layer mask removed some of the blur from the central portion of the photo.
The textures I used were Grande Tour Soft light 33%
Nora Batty Soft light 44%
Shagreen Bone..Screen 19% with a mask added to remove some of the texture effect from the gulls.
Apple Blush Soft light 50%
and finally Grosgrain Overlay 55%
A curves layer was added to tweak the colours.

Remember that these recipes are just a guide, you’d get a totally different result with a different photo so “play”, it’s what I do 🙂


This is in the south of France in my local languedoc area.
There were many old windmills, but these are fast disappearing.
This one overlooks my old village as seen from a farmers side road.
I’d never seen it before the other evening!

For this bucolic sunset scene I used three flypaper textures,
two of them doubled.
Bruised Saffron Soft light Opacity @ 71% Fill 62%
Bruised Saffron Soft light Opacity @ 23% Fill 45%
Necropolis Soft light Opacity @100% Fill 79%
Apple Blush Overlay @ 71%
Apple Blush Soft light Opacity @ 100% Fill 83%
To finish I adjusted the Hue/Saturation colour,
which can be found at the top.
I didn’t do much, I just helped the sky colour become slightly greener.

Once again you’ll see I cloned out an object in the bottom left-hand corner!:-)
And if you’d like to see the full size landscape image,
please look at my ‘Paul Grand’ on flickr!

The castle…

This was taken after a lovely walk on my favourite beach. These two little girls were busily building a sandcastle when a wave came and washed away most of their hard work as often happens. Although this looks warm it was quite chilly but being kids they were obviously too caught up in what they were doing to notice. Their father was just a little further up the beach, well wrapped in a jacket!

I processed this using a layer of Grande Tour at Overlay 71%
Followed by a layer of Dangerous Liaisons at Colour burn 26%, this gave the photo the turquoise colour and as the crease in the texture didn’t add anything to the photo I used the patch tool to remove it.

over a hill

During the golden hour, I came across a vineyard bordering a pine woods, and had to stop for a quick shoot.
Its a simple two texture combo, Caramel Soft (full blur) with the soft light setting @ opacity 92%.
Necropolis again with soft light @ 100% opacity and fill @ 79%.
A slight vignette was also used to give more depth to the edges.