Tuesday, December 4

CoffeeShop Fruit Still Life Texture Tutorial: Part 2

Today I am posting Part 2 of the CoffeeShop Fruit Still Life Texture Tutorial.  You can read how I set up this shoot in Part 1. I am editing this image using the texture recipe from the Still Life Photography Pears post at Flypaper  Textures, and I also edit it with my own textures (see below).

I am finally ready to add the Flypaper Textures.  I followed their recipe almost exactly.  I added the Catacomb Frieze texture in Overlay Blending mode, 100%.

I duplicated that layer and put it in Overlay, 46%.

I added the Ambergris texture in Overlay, 60%.  I didn't need to remove any texture from the image in this case.  My image was finished!

Mouse over to see the before:

This was my first crop and I really wasn't happy with it.  I prefer the extra space on top, but both images are nice.  I also think the second version was a bit too reddish.

Here is a version of the edit using textures I have available for free on this blog.  I used Painting Texture 2 at overlay 100%, Foamy Chocolate Milk at multiply 50%, and Foamy Chocolate  Milk at overlay 50% (masked out the fruit some to keep them from blowing out).  I love this edit too.

After this photo shoot I decided I wanted to create something more meaningful to our family.  I have a few old metal cars my husband played with when he was a little boy, so I decided to shoot a series I titled "Fruit Truck".  You can see the set-up in Part 1 of this tutorial with the truck and banana.  Here are the final prints (I will print them separately, not in one storyboard as seen below). I am going to have them printed on 12x12 metal prints at Color Inc. and hang them in my kitchen.

I set the photo shoot up the same way, with manual settings of ISO 800, 37 mm, f/3.5, 1/25 seconds.  I didn't move my camera or the car and simply switched out the fruit.

I opened the banana picture in Photoshop and cropped it to 12 x 12.  Then I dragged the other three images on top, lining up the car (lower the opacity of the top photo so you can move it to its proper place).  I grouped a levels adjustment layer to the pear truck photo because the pear's shadow darkened the car too much and I needed to bump midtones and highlights a bit.

I then added a levels adjustment layer to do a quick contrast adjustment for all of the images.  Then I added the same textures I used in the pear edit above, adjusting the opacities of each layer to taste.  The Ambergris layer made the car too red, so I added a layer mask and painted the car out.  Because all of my photos were lined up, I only had to do this once.

Now I can turn on each layer, save as a jpgs and send them off for print.  I can also easily edit them later if I want since it is only one file.

I hope you had fun with this tutorial!  You can use any textures to  follow along with this tutorial.  If you want free ones please go visit Shadowhouse Creations or download the ones here on CoffeeShop.

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  1. Beautifully done! Love the painterly effect Flypaper Textures give images.

  2. finally a still life I 'get' - thank you for yoru set of fruit trucks - they have opened my eyes to a form of still life that I would enjoy - and they are fabulous art

  3. OK I saved both part 1 and 2 of this great tutorial and am going to try to find some fruit and an tabletop or something that I can use for this :)

  4. Thank you so much Kim and Helena! And Tora, I hope you have as much fun as I did making these arty prints. So fun!!!

  5. Those little fruit trucks are just adorable. The tutorial is great, but the trucks really caught my attention. Thank you for the charming idea.


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