Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Coffee With Colleen: Using Textures Tutorial and Amazing HUGE Texture Giveaway! - CLOSED!

The giveaway is closed to new entries and I will be posting the winner's name and email tomorrow!!!  And until the end of the month all of my readers get 15% off each textures pack if they use the coupon code coffee!!!



I meet Colleen of Chasing Dreams Photography when she asked me to design her blog.  I checked out her website and noticed she was selling gorgeous textures and she told me that not only would she would love to offer all four sets as a giveaway to one of my readers, but she would be interested in writing a tutorial on using textures for my blog. Anyone that will send me a great tutorial AND giant amazing giveaway and let me have the evening off is going to be my friend.  I heart Colleen!  The giveaway information is at the bottom of this post.  :-)

I also wanted to mention Colleen sent me her textures and they are gorgeous and worth every penny.  If you don't win the giveaway please go visit her site and check them out.  Support small businesses!

My Name is Colleen.
 I am a wife and mother to six children. Four boys born to me and two little girls born in my heart. I was lucky enough to have very creative role models in my life. My grandfather had a small photography business as his side job and my grandmother was a music teacher and artist. I grew up being encouraged to get my hands dirty with paint, create my own recipes with Grandma's help, learning to play the piano by ear and embracing my creativity that Grandma reminded me often was unique because it belonged to me. Back in 2005 my youngest son and I traveled to China to bring our youngest daughter home. My husband bought me my first DSLR to bring with me on our magnificent journey. I was instantly hooked on digital photography and wanted to learn more and more. Once home with our daughter I was so disappointed in the quality of photography I was paying for that I started taking photography workshops both in class and online. My goal was to photography only my family. My business has grown from family to a few neighbors. I started developing my own line of textures and overlays in late 2009. My goal was to create a set of textures that were both beautiful and affordable. My first set sold so well that I started creating a second set...and so on. I recently started teaching private online photo shop classes and working on a new line of templates. I consider myself to be a natural light photographer but the title I am most proud of is "Mom".  Website  Blog


This is a tutorial on the use of texture. Textures can be so much fun and can be applied in many different ways. I'm going to show you two ways to use texture in this tutorial.

Start out by bringing a photograph in to Photo Shop. In the upper left hand corner of the menu bar click on file tab and scroll down to place. Once you click on place you will then need to find where you have saved your textures. Pick a texture, click OK and it will place the texture on top of your picture.



Once the texture is placed on top of the photograph you will then need to stretch it to fit over top of the photograph and click on the check mark to lock the texture in place (please see diagram below).


I'm going to use the same texture twice but in two different ways. Once the texture is locked in to place duplicate the texture layer (ctrl-J). Turn off the duplicate layer while we work on the first texture layer. With the first texture layer highlighted change the blend mode (I used overlay but it's fun to play around with different blend modes) and lower the opacity until you are happy with the amount of texture. You will want to create a mask by clicking on the mask tab at the bottom of the layer panel (see diagram below, if you have PSE download Rita's free layer mask action). Grab a medium/big soft black brush (I usually use a brush size between 100-500 depending on the area that I am removing texture from and  lower the opacity of the brush some where around 30%) wipe the texture off of the skin and any other area that you don't want to have texture. I usually lower the opacity of the brush to around 15% when I wipe around the edges. The subject will blend better with a little texture left on around the edges.



Now we are going to work on our second texture layer (duplicate layer). With this layer we are going to remove the texture from the subject without removing the color of the texture. This will make the the picture blend nicely. Highlight the duplicate layer. I changed the blend mode to Soft Light and lowered the opacity to 9%. Right click on the layer. Look for the "Rasterize" and click on it. (See diagram below)



Click back on the background layer. Grab the lasso tool from tool menu. Outline the area that you want to remove the texture from. I outline the entire body. I did not want texture on her clothing. (see diagram below)


Click back on the duplicate texture layer. Go to the filter tab at the top of the menu bar. Scroll down to blur and click on "average" (See Diagram below). This will automatically remove the texture from the area but leave the color. Click on ctrl-d to get rid of the dancing ants. You can play with the opacity and blend modes until you are happy with what you see.



To flatten the image go to "Layer" on the menu bar and click on Flatten (see diagram below).


Here is the finished picture (see diagram below). I often will add a vignette or do a little dodge and burn before closing the picture.




Now, for my giveaway!  One lucky CoffeeShop reader will win all four of my texture sets as seen below just by commenting on this post.  Please only comment once and leave your email address so I can email the winner.  :-)  The contest will be closed on Thursday, Sept. 16th, at 10 PM central time zone.

339 comments:

  1. Gorgeous Textures and a fabulous story she has! I would love to play with those textures and overlays~

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  2. thanks! textures are something I've been wanting to do more with

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  3. Oh, what fun and beautiful textures, I would love to win! eckert7904 at gmail dot com.

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  4. Great technique - clean and simple. Thanks for the giveaway - the textures look great!

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  5. I love your blog! You have such good advice.

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  6. oh..i love all the textures.. count me in please naimsofea@yahoo.com

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  7. These textures are wonderful - thank you for the chance to win them. A really helpful, interesting post, thanks!

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  8. Thanks so much for sharing! I was playing with textures today and just wasn't getting it quite right - this will help a lot!
    knepp@live.com

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  9. Holy Smokes! Thanks for the tut! I have been playing w/ textures a bit, but didn't like how the pic looked when I erased the texture and color off the face. Now I know! Thanks again!
    mikenlisa2005 at gmail dot com

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  10. This is an awesome giveaway! One set of textures would be great, but to giveaway four sets of textures is just beyond generous. Thank you so much. And of course I would be so excited if I won.
    My email is vanessa_salatino@hotmail.com.

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  11. thank you for the tutorial! and for the chance to win a fabulous giveaway!!!

    Megan (my email is linked to my blogger account)

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  12. love me some textures! These are so pretty.

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  13. Love the tutorial, thanks!

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  14. Great tutorial, I didn't know how to leave the color, thanks for the info!

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  15. Thank you Colleen for the explanation! I so appreciate the lesson. I have been wanting to learn textures for a while now! Looking forward to playing with it!

    Hugs
    Kerry

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  16. I would love to play with these textures! How fun :)

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  17. Oh,your textures are gorgeous! I don't have many, and I always forget to use them. I'm now following your blog and a fan of yours on Facebook. I LOVE your work!!

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  18. Those textures look beautiful, great post!

    firstloveimages@gmail.com

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  19. These textures are gorgeous!!!
    Thanks so much for the opportunity!

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  20. These textures look great!
    I would love to play with them!!

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  21. great tutorial, and beautiful textures!!

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  22. I want to win!! Specifically the vintage texture! :) appendages at hotmail dot com

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  23. Great tutorial and beautiful textures! I would love to win those! My e-mail: allie.reid96@gmail.com

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  24. Rita.....I love all of your photographic material. It is extremely wonderful.

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  25. oh my gosh these textures look amazing! I would love to play with them.

    terilhack@()yahoo.com

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  26. I have not tried textures before- thank you for the tutorial and the giveaway!

    samantha@midmountainphotography.com

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  27. Um, so this is totally awesome! I need to have these textures! The ones I have are getting old...

    cheneycheneycheney at gmail dot com

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  28. Awesome textures...great tutorial!
    lcp673@gmail.com

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  29. I've never used textures, this would be great!

    happy_puddles(at)hotmail

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  30. They're GREAT...and how you got interested in photography is such an inspiring story...Thanks

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  31. forgot my email address: tikiDOTtseATgmailDOTcom

    thanks :)

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  32. Gorgeous!
    freakaflutter at msn dot com

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  33. I want to win!!!! I LOVE these textures!!!!

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  34. This is really cool. Tahnsk for sharing how to do this!
    Nikki
    multibeavo at hotmail dot com

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  35. Thank you for the textures tutorial and great giveaway.
    bsfitz@supernerd.com.au

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  36. Thanks for the tutorial and the giveaway!! kat[at]kateyeview[dot]com

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  37. Ooooh, great tutorial and a fabulous giveaway!! I would love to win, thanks for the chance.

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  38. Beautiful! I'm going to go check out her website now. I love the vintage ones. -Katherine email: KBeckL@aol dot com

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  39. Thak you for your tutorial - your technique is great and your textures are fantastic.

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  40. Wow, gorgeous textures! I really enjoyed the tutorial too, it was very clear and easy to follow.

    I've been using gaussian blur to remove texture while preserving color. Do you find that rasterizing (is that a word?) is more successful or is it just a matter of personal preference?

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    My photography is available for purchase - visit Around the Island Photography and bring home something beautiful today!

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  41. Thanks for the post. I will have to try the remove texture but not the color technique. I would love to win the beautiful texture set.

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  42. thank you! those textures are great!

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  43. Love the textures and cheer for anyone who can make a living off of their passion!

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  44. I love them! I like the different technique also!

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  45. Oooh, these textures are awesome. Hopefully it's my lucky day today :)

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  46. Great post as always ! Love the texture tut too. I've always wondered about the subtleties of using texture - and this gave me a lot to think about, and experiment with. Thanks!

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  47. Colleen is a sweetheart, and I've been a fan of hers for a while. I'll always be a fan of yours though!
    Great tutorial!

    Have a great day Rita!

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  48. Thank you for the interesting post, and for the chance to win your wonderful textures! giny at index dot hu

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  49. wow Thanks for sharing.. I want to win.... Thanks again
    beeb411@live(dot)com

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  50. Thanks for the chance and great tutorial! I only have set no. 1 and would love to play with the others.
    roos4040@gmail.com

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  51. Awesome giveaway!
    victoriapeachdesigns@gmail.com

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  52. What fantastic textures!

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  53. Thank you for the tut. I play and play with adding textures/overlays but just can't seem to get it right.

    Love the variety of your texture collections!

    jillconyers@gmail.com

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  54. Thanks for the tut on using textures - it's well written (simple) and the screenshots help out.

    I'd love to win the textures - they look gorgeous!

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  55. Your textures are beautiful! Thanks for sharing your tutorial and story. jlamanna@alum.rpi.edu

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  56. The textures are beautiful, but I'm totally texture dumb. There's so much to learn!!!

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  57. Oh wow great textures & tutorial. Thanks skyhunteress AT gmail DOT com

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  58. I love these textures! BEAUTIFUL.
    brew6482@yahoo.com

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  59. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL textures!!!

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  60. This is exactly the tutorial I needed, thank you Colleen! Fingers crossed I win... marylin@softthistle.net

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  61. Colleen is fabulous! She has an amazing gift with her photography and textures.
    Your blog is fabulous, I love coffee :)

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  62. Love love love love love love them!!! Been lookig for textures like this for a long time. Thanks so much for the tutorial!!

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  63. Me me me! :D

    alex at thedownsclan dot com

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  64. I SO am begging PICK ME PICK ME. I only JUST got addicted to textures after years of digital photography fixation and addiction. I have been trowling the net for textures for a week solid, every free chance. I love the texture sets you're giving away. Please!

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  65. I LOVE playing with textures, and yours are gorgeous! I hope to win. Off to look at your website :)

    Tracy
    heidiutter@ellipse.net

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  66. WOW! I've been searching for a great tutorial on textures. Great textures! Crossing my fingers!
    (larissa(at)paveiphotos(dot)com)

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  67. These are stunning! Fingers crossed...I'd love to win!

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  68. Oh, this is sooo cool! I adore your textures! thank you for the chance!!!

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  69. I love what you do with these textures. Thanks for the tutorial and the chance to win. Love your blog!

    Kim
    clearlyinspired@gmail.com

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  70. Great tutorial and giveaway!! Love your textures! Mapkmp17@msn.com

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  71. Please pick me, these textures are amazing

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  72. I've just started playing with textures in PSE. Your sets are GORGEOUS!

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  73. Lovely textures...many thanks for the tutorial. :)

    magikalfolk@whispersfromthewoods.com

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  74. Wow, fantastic giveaway! Thank you so much for the tutorial, I will definitely be bookmarking this one. I've been trying to figure out textures with very limited success for a while.

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  75. I love textures!!! and these are beautiful. hope i win! p.s. your daughter is a doll baby!


    kah12905@ymail.com

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  76. Beautiful textures! Thanks so much for the tutorial. natandjosh@hotmail.com

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  77. I love using textures and would love to win this set!

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  78. Thanks for the tutorial.
    The textures look fabulous.

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  79. Beautiful textures and great tute!!

    kari @ karismithphoto dot com

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  80. Thank you for the tutorial. Your textures are lovely.
    bonnie.zieman@gmail.com

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  81. That's a really awesome technique for having the color match your texture without texturizing the skin.

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  82. Beautiful textures! I would love to win!

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  83. omgosh....gorgeous...so glad to meet you and your work...I checked both your blog and site out...thanks so much for sharing your work, talent and tips with us. would love to win...but I also have a question with your TUT. I have pse.. and I get to "Right click on the layer. Look for the "Rasterize" and click on it." I was so close to finishing the tut until I got to that part... I don't see :Rasterize: please help.
    thanks so much and again, thanks for the chance to win.
    amy!
    mya38d@charter.net

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  84. Such a great tutorial. I love your textures as well..especially the vintage ones =)

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  85. Thanks for the tutorial. Beautiful textures.

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  86. I love the textures!!! I haven't played w/any yet. I'm hooked on actions, but would love to try textures out!!! dawnblomquist@hotmail.com

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  87. Beautiful!
    thepunkymonkey [at] gmail [dot] com

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  88. beautiful textures! than you for the giveaway!
    sarahtcardenas at gmail dot come

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  89. Oooh! I'd love me some textures! I'm just getting into textures, and the would look awesome on some fall senior pics I shot this weekend!!

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  90. I only have Photoshop Elements, but I am getting to the point that these textures would really add to my "arsenal". Thanks for your consideration!!

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  91. These are screaming "me"! They are all so perfect and I would love the chance to use them. msjirvin@hotmail.com

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  92. Beautiful!
    bacaple at bellsouth dot net

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  93. Beautiful way to add more character to an image!

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  94. Thank you!

    The tutorial alone was priceless, the bonus of winning the textures would be amazing!

    la_red77 at hotmail dot com

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  95. Thank you! Your textures each look like little jewels!

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  96. Love these textures! Thank you for the opportunity to win them. :o)

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  97. Can't WAIT to play with these great textures....I wasn't exactly a pro at using these beautiful textures but now I will be able to play to my hearts content!

    Thank you, Colleen (and Rita, of course) for this awesome tutorial!!

    Dita

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  98. Oh! I am loving the vintage collection!
    littlepeekaboo@gmail.com

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  99. Your textures are beautiful!!!!! I love your work. Just starting out and excited to learn and grow. Will have to look for classess. Love how easy your tutorial makes things. Easy to follow. thenanny7@hotmail.com
    Natalie

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  100. Wonderful generous giveaway, and thank you for the tutorial, I love, love, love textures and have learned so much by experimenting with them in the past week. I also love following Rita's tutorials yet there are so many more to view yet, thanks all so much :)
    Lynn
    lynnatkoupie.com

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  101. I never thought of applying textures to selective parts of a photo. Thanks for this tut!

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  102. i've been a cyber friend of Colleen's for years now and she has helped me get started with photoshop...i would love to win these textures..

    chinabound05@comcast.net

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  103. Thanks for the tutorial....textures confused me, but I'm excited about playing around with them now...thanks so much!

    sbhenderson_31@hotmail.com

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  104. I would love to win your texture sets and give textures a real go.

    ann.aranda@internode.on.net

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  105. "learn how to do textures" has been on my to do list for too long already. :) thanks for the tutorial and lovely giveaway.

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  106. I've only recently begun using textures in PS and am still learning. Thanks for the great tutorial! ginrose@dtcweb.net

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  107. Thanks for the tutorial ... I think I'll be able to successfully use textures now :)

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  108. What a great giveaway! Love the textures - they're beautiful. Love the tutorials - thanks for sharing :)

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  109. I've only recently begun using textures in PS. Thanks for posting the wonderful tutorial! gngrssnap@gmail.com

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  110. okay, not kidding, really want to win this one ;)
    cosibellaphoto@hotmail.com

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  111. That is so unbelievably generous of Colleen, to offer this great giveaway! Those sheer overlays are just gorgeous, and I would love to play around with them.

    Thanks to both you and Colleen for offering!

    yma367@hotmail.com

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  112. OOOOOHHHHH!!! They are awesome and I sooo need some practice using textures!!

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  113. I am new to Photoshop and all its actions! Textures look FANTASTIC. It's a new world that will open up to me and I would love to experience it!

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  114. These are awesome and your tutorial is fantastic! For those who may be unlucky enough not to win, is it possible to purchase them?

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  115. Thanks so much for the tutorial! Your textures are incredibly beautiful!

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  116. Love textures. I should really use them more often.
    Thanks for the wonderful tutorial and the chance to win.

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  117. What a great giveaway! Count me in:)

    awaldo10@yahoo.com

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  118. I am in love with this blog. I just discovered it and have spent hours going through it....I have been a self taught photoshoper and now know I still have alot to learn :D....I would love to be in the running for the BEAUTIFUL textures. Thanks for all you do.
    goofy_monica@hotmail.com

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  119. Your textures are fantastic! I will definately be checking out your website!



    njhartwig@quadro.net

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  120. Beautiful textures and SIX children, wow, talented woman! Thank you for the chance to have some fun with these!

    jmscustomdesignz@gmail.com

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  121. Wow, the textures are just amazing... and I love the photos on her website, they're stunning! Thanks for the tutorial and the giveaway!!
    littlepoppich@yahoo.com

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  122. Great tutorial! I have always wanted to try textures and love the effect. Your texture sets look awesome...totally hope I win!

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  123. fingers crossed!
    kimberlyrfitch {at} gmail

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  124. The texture tutorial is great. I am starting to play around with textures and found the tutorial extremely helpful. Thanks for posting!! andrea_03570@yahoo.com

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  125. Thanks for the tutorial! Great textures!!

    paulakay9480@gmail.com

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  126. Gorgeous textures...I'd love to have them! Thanks for the tutorial and sharing your textures with some lucky person!

    hootnanny99@yahoo.com

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  127. I learn SO much from your website. I love it. Thanks. I would love to win those textures!
    gjborup@gmail.com

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  128. I am so excited to learn how to use the textures. Thanks for sharing!
    emily@imagesbyemily.net

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  129. What beautiful textures!

    sereinalovesvintage{at}gmail{dot}com

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  130. I LOVE textures and use them all the time. I would love to win these beautiful sets! Thank you! stitcherylove[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  131. Thanks for your tutorial. just starting playing with textures. Yours are beautiful.

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  132. I am honored to be able to say that I know Colleen personally....she is a beautiful, creative, artistic women that is sharing her wonderful talent with all of us.

    Thank you so much sweet friend....
    Hugs,
    Steffie

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  133. These are amazing and would be so much fun to utilize!

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  134. Oh my goodness...great tutorial! I love using a duplicate layer of the texture! You might have changed my world! :) Beautiful textures would love to win and play!

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  135. I would love to win this - thank you for the chance!

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  136. What an awesome blog! The textures are absolutely fabulous! I'm in love with all of them!

    neaton@kanokla.net

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  137. Thanks for all the info and inspiration...Love your pictures of the kids.

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  138. These textures are great! Would love to win them!

    kellytesar@gmail.com

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  139. I really haven't gotten into using textures much but this would definitely be an incentive to give 'em a whirl! Thanks for the giveaway! ;) victoria {at} vlvphotography {dot} com

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  140. Thanks so much for the tutorial, and I would so love to win those textures!

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  141. Thank you so much for the tutorial. I've been looking for tips to remove texture without removing the color tone and this is perfect! I have been eyeing Chasing Dream's textures for sometimes, so I hope I got picked. :)

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  142. Great textures!!! I absolutely love them all! Great work!

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  143. awesomeness! now i want to start using textures :) love! thanks!

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  144. I love that your use of textures is so understated. Textures can add so much to a photo in a subtle way; I've grown tire of some of the heavy-handed textures I've seen. Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial!

    elcompass at ottersan dot net

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  145. Awesome Giveaway! I would love to win!

    daddyslilgirl415@yahoo.com

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  146. Wow-great tutorial & inspiration to use textures.I would love to win any of the sets-good way to start getting used to using textures!

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  147. Colleen, these are beautiful. I am thrilled to find out about you and your website. We adopted a daughter from Korea, so your photos remind me so much of her.

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  148. These are beyond fabulous! I sooo want to be able to use these with pictures of my granddaughters.

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  149. Love it!! Just what I needed today!! Cream with my coffee... I would LOVE LOVE to try your textures!!

    pfct10nailzz@aol.com

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  150. very cool textures!
    jessduray@yahoo.com

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  151. Beautiful textures! Thanks for the giveaway!
    emmahero@yahoo.com

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  152. What beautiful Textures! Thanks for introducing yourself over here!
    kareycrain @ gmail.com

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  153. These textures are AMAZING. What a talented lady!! LOOOOOVE these!

    wjdpowell@hargray.com

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  154. Thank you for the tutorial and the giveaway.

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  155. THANKS! Those textures are great...can we purchase???

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  156. Awesome tutorial and textures!
    Thank you!
    lindsmoore55 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  157. My dream has been to adopt from China for years now! How blessed you are that you not only get to be a mommy to them, but that you also get to photograph such a beautiful child! I have tried messing with textures before but just "didn't get it!" Your advice is great!
    orf_becky@yahoo.com

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  158. Thank you for the textures tutorial! And I am loving your textures! I hope I win =)

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  159. Love your story...and your textures! I have just started playing with my own textures and an very excited! Reading this blog today and the tutorial makes me feel like I am moving in the right direction!
    Andrea
    mindseyeimages23@aol.com

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  160. Thanks for the tutorial and the giveaway - these are beautiful~

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  161. Beautiful textures. What a great giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win them.

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  162. I've always been slightly scared of using textures, therefor shying away but this makes it look so gorgeous and easy! Would love to use these!

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  163. Wow those are awesome textures! And a great tutorial. I need to be braver trying textures. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  164. I'm just learning how to use textures and would LOVE to win your awesome set.

    marykayegoodman@yahoo.com

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  165. Thank you sooo much for this post and lovely give away! I've wanted to learn how to use textures for quite a while and your tutorial is wonderful. Can't wait to try it out! jmac_56@hotmail.com

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  166. I love textures! -and yours look simply amazing!! I'd love to win them!! cherisegraham at gmail dot com

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  167. Bless your heart Colleen - this is fabulous. What a great collaberation. I miss your blog so it's great to catch up a bit here.

    I will finally set up the textures I got from you the first time with this tutorial. Thank you. And then I'll just have to buy more, right? lol Can't wait!

    Take care, busy girl!
    xoxo

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  168. I'd love to win! I have a few random free textures in my folders, but have been dying for a "real" set!!
    christina.klahn at gmail dot com

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  169. Thank you so much for the tutorial! I've been blindly playing with textures. It's always nice to have a little guidance. =)

    bubbiebear21@yahoo.com

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  170. AMAZING!! i would love to use these textures for the images that i put on etsy.com I hand make baby shoes, clothing and accessories!

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/littleposhbebe

    littleposhbebe@hotmail.com

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  171. thanks for a great tutorial! and love the textures!

    weeone0506 at yahoo dot com

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  172. Would love to try out those textures.

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  173. Thank you so much for the tutorial. I've never used average before. I am anxious to try that out. Your textures are beautiful. Thank you for the great chance to win them.

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  174. So glad you provided all that great information. I was trying to figure out how to use textures!!
    jackiebanks5@gmail.com

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  175. I'd love to use your textures to learn how to texturize my photos. Thanks.

    sciondriver at gmail dot com

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  176. Great tutorial and absolutely beautiful textures!

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  177. I hope I am the lucky winner! cathyjo777@gmail.com

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  178. I would love to win! Thanks for the tutorial! jana-garrett@hotmail.com

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  179. Wow Rita awesome tutorial as usual.
    Just ♥ the Textures and her Website.
    Mary
    moorz84@yahoo.com

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  180. Beautiful textures & great tut, thank you!

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  181. thanks for the tutorial on textures! i'm excited to try them out!
    vanna31 at hotmail dot com

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  182. these are amazing textures, I would love to own them!!

    cheryleblen@gmail.com

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  183. I love your textures!! I have the first two sets but really would love to get the 3rd set along with the overlays!! nsmorinville@gvtel.com

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  184. So impressed with Colleen's adoption stories! I love how the textures are so subtle yet make such a great impact!

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  185. Hi Colleen,
    thanks for the texture tutorial my brain is in the process of eating as much photo retouching information as it can. Im an Australian Girl hoping to work as a Child Photographer in Germany Bavaria my husbands home land.....so people like you make my day....thanks for the great tutorial it's so cool that I can learn every thing I need online. Danke!
    emmacad@hotmail.com

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  186. LOve your textures they are georgeous, thanks for the tutorial & the give away....you rock!!!!
    shellcryns at clear dot net dot nz

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  187. Absolutely gorgeous textures and wonderful tutorial. Thank you for a chance to win. My e-mail is linked to my blogger account.

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