9.11.2010

an experiment with textures

Lately I have been inspired by Wendy (at Lemontines) and her use of textures. She is the master, and I mean the MASTER of textures. I ordered a texture set from Florabella about month ago, and so far it has just been hanging out in my download folder.

I "get" how to use textures. I get how to use the various blending modes, adjust opacities...it all makes sense. But for some reason I can't put it into practice. I want my textured shots to look more like art, not just a photograph with a big mess of texture on top of it.

So I figured the best way would be just to jump in there and give it a shot.

You won't laugh at my first attempt, will you?

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I'm totally going to re-do this with steam coming out. Don't you think that would be cool?

Maybe one day (soon??) I'll look back and shake my head at this first feeble attempt - LOL! :-) But this isn't something I've experimented with much before, so there will be a bit of a learning curve.

Stay tuned for improvement, 'k?

13 comments:

Aleasing said...

I loved it from the first moment I saw it!!!

Brooke G. said...

Okay, seriously... that is awesome! I love it. I have tried textures... and I really DON'T get it! I don't think my photoshop skills are there yet or something... because mine end up looking like the whole mess of texture on top version.

Mom of M&Ms said...

I can not do textures...I need to go back to school or something. I will be filling your in box with all sort of "art" for you to apply texture to...got it!

Adeena said...

That looks cool! :D You totally could have steam coming out.

I don't really know much about texture, either. Someday, when I actually have PhotoShop, I might give it a try. ;)

Angela said...

This is beautiful!! Would be adorable framed in a kitchen or starbucks (or other coffee/tea shop). I love it!

I seriously think you can make anything look beautiful!! I should hire you to do my portrait :-)

"Twingle Gal" Stephanie said...

I love that picture! I can totally see it framed in my kitchen.

I think you are incredibly talented and I've left you a little something over at http://www.lifeofatwinglegal.com/2010/09/life-is-good.html

Jodi said...

That can't possibly be your first attempt! It's fabulous!!! And yes, I think it would be awesome with the steam!

Jess said...

I think this looks great. I'm like you. I have the florabella textures and "get" how to do it... but it just doesn't seem to be my cup of tea. I certainly like them better on still life than portraits, and certainly at a low opacity as you've done here.

Ashley Sisk said...

I think you've done an incredible job. Everything you touch turns to gold. Seriously...this is great. YOu make m want to get back into textures.

Mama Hen said...

Great picture my friend! Steam would be very cool! I gave you an award! Come and get it! Have a great night!

Mama Hen

Hannah said...

This is an awesome picture! I wish I new how to apply textures like this to a picture! I unfortunately don't "get" how to do it at all LOL. I need to get brave and start playing with my photoshop program!

Wendy said...

I'll definitely stay tuned, but I think this looks great. And, I'm not a master - just a bit of a mad scientist, or something like that. So much of my stuff really looks like doo doo - I just throw it out. And every once in awhile, you get a hit, yeah! To me, this is a hit! Nice work!

apictureintime said...

LOL. I'm NOT laughing at your 1st attempt. I'm laughing at the fact that I also tried this technique yesterday (after being inspired by Ashley Sisk's post). Yours is miles better than mine. And yes! Steam coming out of the spout would be cool.