Saturday, April 17, 2010

Working With Textures

Yesterday, Gary and I took a ride all the way to the end of Nanticoke Road .... to the place where dry ground turns into the Nanticoke River.   Along the way, I captured this farm scene ... loved the windmill.   I haven't done much work with textures but decided to give it a try on this edit.   

First of all, here is the original photo, badly overexposed ...
(click on photos to enlarge)

and here is the photo, edited in Topaz Adjust 4 and Nik Color Efex 3

then I added this texture ....

blended it once in "screen" mode at about 30% and then a second time in "hard light" mode at about 30% and then softly erased the texture from the buildings, with the eraser set at 5% opacity ... and this is the final edit with texture

My daughter-in-law, Cole, does the most outstanding work with textures ... her photos are always so stunning ... here are two of her more recent edits ...

To see more of her beautiful work, visit her at

There are many, many wonderful FREE textures available on Flickr ... just do a search under "free textures".  You'll be amazed.  


Pauline April 17, 2010 at 10:21 PM  

These are stunning, Frances! I love working with textures also... I love this post! Thank you for sharing this... Hugs!

Bren April 18, 2010 at 6:25 AM  

I so appreciate your sharing how you get the stunning results that you do. I love the textured effects, takes it to a whole new level. And Cole pic of the woman and children is wonderful, very talented.

Natyi April 19, 2010 at 8:49 AM  

Wonderful editing photo,with texture has a completely different dimension!!!Thank you for instructions how to work with it!Have a wonderful days Frances!:-)

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