Sunday, June 7, 2015

CoffeeShop Tutorial: Using Textures in Photoshop/PSE and Review of Flypaper's Newest Texture Pack!

I absolutely love using textures on my images in Photoshop/PSE to add artistic effects. I have been using Flypaper Textures for years, and I am so fortunate to be able to review Jill and Paul's newest texture pack called "Distressed Painterly".

One way I get inspiration is to visit the Flypaper blog where Jill and Paul post "recipes" for their personal edits using their textures and presets.  Sometimes I will see a beautiful edited image on their blog and will use their recipe on one of my own images or an image I found on the internet.

Today I wanted to show you how I edited the image above using Flypaper Textures,  this texture "recipe",  and this lovely photo from Pixabay. I substituted the Azurite texture for the Cobalt Cloud texture.

Here is the original image.

I added the Azurite texture at Multiply, 40%.  I masked out some of the texture over the main flower.

I copied that layer and put it in Linear Light, 18%. I masked out some of the texture over the main flower.

Then I added the April Frost texture at Hard light, 80%.  I masked out some of the texture over the main flower. This is really pretty!

I wanted to add a hint of light coming from the top above the main flower. I made a new layer and selected a soft white brush at low opacity and clicked a few times on the area I wanted to add light. Then I adjusted the opacity of that layer.  This is a very easy way to add subtle light to an image.

Then I decided to make a second version with a favorite quote.  I ran my Aphrodite action on the image before adding the textures and threw away every layer except the Color Tint layer and set that layer at 80% opacity. Then I added all of the textures as seen above. Finally, I added the text in black and reduced the opacity so it would soften the effect.

I also reduced the "add light" layer slightly.

You can mouse over to see the before/after below if you are on a computer.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! If there is anything specific you would like to see me post on my blog please leave a comment below.

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  1. So, so pretty, Rita! These are so useful. Thank you!

  2. Thanks for this've given me some great ideas!