Flypaper Textures


View from St Nazaire

This is a favorite view of mine, taken from St Nazaire cathedral
in Beziers, looking N/West.  The water mill is best seen in winter because the trees obscure its view.

In this image I wanted to be rid of the pesky houses at the bottom,
so I simply cloned them out!  It took over one and a half hours, but I think it was worth it..

I’m showing a screen shot of my layers, (Click for a bigger view)
You’ll see I’ve used Liaisons and Necropolis
Liaisons is – Multiply – Opacity @ 100% – Blending @ 84%
Necropolis is – Color Burn Opacity @ 51% – Blending @ 31%

To achieve the painterly effect, I simply use the ‘Colour Noise filter’ at a very low setting, I then sharpen this with ‘Poster Edges’ Filter at around 10%.  This pulls it together again, the other layers are those with various light levels at differing depths.

Fly (with texture recipe)

I took this beach scene on a wintry beach walk a couple of months ago and rediscovered it earlier when I was hunting for a landscape to process.
I like my skies big, so I did a little cloning in of new sky at the top….thankfully my rough cloning has been covered with texture:-)
Umm…and the bird wasn’t in the original either:-)
The textures I used here were Apple Blush (blurred slightly) at Soft Light 73% and because the texture made the sea go a strange colour, I applied a layer mask and removed some of the texture from just the sea. I’ll do a mini tutorial on layer masks some time soon.
Then I added a layer of Grosgrain texture at Hard Light 48%, this didn’t add much texture but it did add some of the green tone you see here, showing that textures can be used to add colour as well as “texture” 🙂
Then after tweaking the red and green colour curves via a curves adjustment, I called it done.

Dragonfly on the sand dunes

To enliven this dragonfly in front of an ‘out of focus’ sand dune,
I simply added several layers of flypaper’s ‘Nora batty’
At various mixes.

Golden Daisies (with texture recipe)

I “played” with this photo for hours before coming up with this and thought you might like to know my “recipe”. Though of course you’ll have to treat the instructions as a guide as no two photos react in the same way when treated with texture.

First I duplicated my background and did a little tidy up with the clone tool.
Then I added a black and white adjustment layer and reduced its opacity to 30%, this desaturated the image slightly.
I then started trying out different textures and finally settled on a layer of Flypaper Bruised Saffron at Color 22%
Then another layer of Bruised saffron this time at Multiply 11 %
Next was a layer of Apple Blush at Overlay 40 % followed by two layers of Pompeill Stucco, the first at Soft Light 72% and the second at Hard Light 40%
If any of the textures are dominating too much, you can blur them slightly by using a Gaussian blur of around 2-4 which is what I did
Enjoy 🙂

Circles of your mind

Here I used five of our ‘flypaper 1’ textures.
I find that using several textures at a gentle opacity,
really helps build up interesting depth and atmosphere!
Pomeii Stucco
Bruised Saffron
Raw Linen
White Shagreen

Softly softly….

I took this yesterday when we visited our hut in the country to the south of Dunedin, everything was wonderfully spring-like with the soft greens of the willows, daffodils amongst the grass, little lambs over the fence and the flowering cherry in full glorious bloom.
To show that our textures can be used subtly to brighten and soften, I processed this relatively lightly using our Uranium Paper and a touch of Pompeii Stucco.

See it on Flickr

The Letter

Here I used our ‘Necropolis’ texture very lightly.
By simply running your mouse over the image you’ll see before and after the textures were applied!

Golden Gingko

Gingko leaves in an old bottle with an added touch of our wonderful “Tarte Tatin” texture to give depth and a painterly look.


Nora Batty (inspired by the BBC’s ‘Last of the summers wine’) was used here to illustrate Logistics or Summers End, when our local beach shack cafe was removed 🙁


This photo was taken on the way to Central Otago here in NZ on a freezing winters day. As you can see from the original (mouseover to see) it was an almost monochrome landscape. I used our Tarte Tatin and Antique Liaisons textures to add depth and then toned blue to reflect the cold feel.