Happy Sunday! This week’s Sunday Sampler consists of textures from two botanical gardens we visited in NY during Thanksgiving week. The “cracked paint” texture was on a birdhouse inside Lamberton Conservatory at Highland Park in Rochester, and the “Cracked Circle” of wood and “Rippled Design” – which is a plant – are from the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens in Buffalo.
You may already know that we have a Facebook group called “Textures: Turn Ho-Hum into a Work of Art”. We are inviting members to digitally share their holidays cards (you do not need to have used textures on these). If you would like to share your card, feel free to join the group and share! It is also an inspiring group for beautiful texture work.
My next Topaz Webinar will be Tuesday, January 8th at 5:00 Eastern time! It’s always fun working with Topaz products and sharing techniques. If there is something you’d like to see me do in the webinar, feel free to email me at Hazel@MeredithImages.com. I will see what I can do to include suggestions in my projects.
The questions that get sent in during the webinars are always good ones! Due to time constraints, we could never get them all answered in one webinar session, so here are a few more from my last webinar with my replies:
Q: How did she unlock the ratio?
(In my last webinar I overlaid a second image and did not want to keep the same proportions as the original file.)
A: In Studio, you can add an image as a separate “layer”. In the right panel, click on “Image” – that will open the Image Layer dialogue box shown below. If you do not want to keep the original proportion of the layer, click on “No” next to Lock Aspect Ratio. This will let you stretch or shrink the image as needed. This comes in handy if you are doing compositing as I was in the last webinar.
Q: A question that is asked pretty much every webinar – “How do I import textures into Studio/Texture Effects?”
A: You can add your own textures (ones that you’ve created or ones that you purchase or download) into the Textures panel of Studio (which also adds them to Texture Effects if you have that plug-in).
You need to have an image open in Studio, then choose “Texture” under Adjustments (this is one of the Pro Adjustments). Once the Texture layer is open, click on the icon next to “Category” (see below).
That will take you to the Texture Manager (below) where you can 1) name a folder for your new textures, then 2) import them.
Q: Do you ever get confused about when to stop?
A: Great question! It’s truly a matter of personal preference and if you like the image at a particular stage, then you’re done! I like to start playing with effects – sometimes I have a pre-conceived idea in my head and sometimes not – and start playing with Adjustments and presets. I very often apply more than one preset — I’ll be showing you some of that in the next webinar!
Some finds from this week!
PhotographyPla.net – If you do not already get their newsletters, sign up and get a Free Photography Bundle that includes PS actions, LR presets, photo overlays and print templates. They also have a set of Winter actions available.
From ProBlogDesign, find 40 Extraordinary Photoshop Text Effects.