Organic Vignette : Artistic Texture Set

Organic Vignette Artistic Textrure Set – buy now…click here

Organic Vignette Texture Set by Make Light Real

Organic Vignette Texture Set by Make Light Real

Organic Vignette Texture Set by Make Light Real

Organic Vignette Texture Set by Make Light Real

Organic Vignette Texture Set by Make Light Real

Organic Vignette Texture Set by Make Light Real

Organic Vignette Texture Set by Make Light Real

Organic Vignette Texture Set by Make Light Real

Organic Vignette Texture Set by Make Light Real

Organic Vignette Texture Set by Make Light Real

Vintage Pinup and Boudoir Retouching tutorial

Vintage Pinup and Boudoir Retouching

tutorial is sponsored by the generously donated pinup images of Kelly @ Bay Area Pinups

This is some of the fun vintage effects achieved with the Vintage packages, video guide after the jump:

Vintage Pinup and Boudoir Retouching tutorial


What does a texture do for an image?

Let’s talk about texture

In response to my release of the Light Touch beginner’s textures, we’re about wisdom here


Can you see what’s happening when I added the texture in the first image?

Can you quantify it in your mind?

If not I recommend taking a read of the classic text “Perception and Imaging” to give yourself a strong backbone in realizing the subtitles and abstractions of what you see.

But let’s try and put our finger on it for a moment with the end in mind – what does a texture do for an image?

In the first image I composed the shot with a piece of the ceremony decor in focus with the bride’s head in the background but out of focus.  The sharp objects are perceived by our eyes as the subject – the blurry or soft things are the ground – upon which the subject ‘rests’ or ‘resides’.  Without separation there is nothing.

So what happens when a texture file with small sharp details is introduced?

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In the texture file that I used from the Lighting Overlays Disk 1 set, a focal plane runs through the image with the texture of paper in sharp focus.  In this image where only one small object is in the focal plane the texture adds to the perceived depth of the image by adding more ‘figure’ to the figure/ground relationship.  It appears as though the crystalline beads rest on something as they sway in the breeze.

The second image of the diptych shows the opposite point of focus, but has the same exact texture applied to the image.  Even with my best blue sky photo processing tricks, I couldn’t help the bride’s face rise in perceptual value without some additional lightening or darkening of the sky.  I chose the blue texture file and applied it in overlay blend mode which darkened the sky while increasing saturation.  Here’s the image as it looks straight out of camera raw.

Interesting perspective, but not the same dramatic picture energy as the finished version.  The lighting overlay helps channel the image’s tones into a dramatic and emotionally engaging corner burn (compare the top and bottom right.  The cooling blue effect helps the skin-tones rise in prominence and the overlay blend mode deepens the shadows and brightens the highlights for a stronger dimensional feel to the hazy sunlight.

I hope this discussion brings you deeper understanding on your path to visual wisdom!

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Photoshop Basics: Layer Styles Blending with John Reuter


John Reuter shows us a basic screen-cast exploring Photoshop documents layer blending options.  As you’re learning to apply textures, or vignettes to an image for artistic or tonal effects – you should understand these options intuitively.  The best way to learn after watching this image would be to work over a couple images and utilize these different techniques to modify different portions of the tonal range.  Work on targeting the highlights, mid-tones and shadows independently as you build up your awareness and control in photoshop.

If you don’t have any files to use to mix together download one from our Free Stuff Category, or try this one.

YouTube – Layer Styles Blending with John Reuter

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