Sunday, April 13, 2008

Fun With Textures


Ever since reading a discussion on applying textures to photographs on one of the Digital Photography School forums about six months ago, I have been trying to figure out how to do it myself.


Initially the problem was finding textures to apply (ones that didn't create endless computer crises when I tried to download them). BeeBeeMod resolved that issue when she led me to NinianLif, whose free textures on Flickr offer innumerable possibilities. (All textures used here are hers.)


A few Google searches then turned up this tutorial, and I was on my way. And as I suspected, textures are extremely cool. And so easy to work with! I wonder if some of my favorite photographers and bloggers out there would be into this...



These are a few of my recent experiments.

Hopefully the next step will be creating some textures on my own.

27 comments:

cinnamon gurl said...

I'm addicted to textures. A couple of my absolute favourites are from Leschick on flickr. She only has a few textures and posts them fairly sporadically in her photostream, but I highly recommend them.

amy said...

how interesting!!! I am absolutely inspired and can't wait to try this out myself! i particularly love the one of the flowers in the window. thanks for sharing! this blogger/photographer is thrilled!

bee said...

this is so way cool. i am gonna try some textures. thank you for the interesting inks.

limonana said...

i really love it! it's my first time hearing about it, & it really adds such depth & beauty to the photos...can't wait to see what's next!

Marcie said...

I too have been struggling with how to apply textures to my photographs. Thanks so much for leading me to a tutorial.

Love how you've used them..and how your photos have turned out.

Thanks so much for sharing.

Anke said...

Hi! Thanks for stopping by at my blog! You have awesome shots here, defintely will be back once in a while checking out your inspiring fotos! And this texture fun, sounds so great, have to check out those links you posted, smiles, Anke ;)

Nicole said...

The donut shop one is my favorite, it looks so cool! Now I want to start experimenting with this stuff! I'm going to try to take a digital imaging class this summer so that I can become more comfortable playing around with my digital photos. Thanks for the inspiration!

niobe said...

Very cool. I've never heard of this and now I sooo want to try it.

kacey said...

aren't textures fun? Thanks for the link to some more textures on Flickr! You did a great job with these.

Chelly said...

Love your pics. You can find some stuff like this from the digital scrapbooking sites too. One of the places to look is digishoptalk.com under at the bottom under Tools both under Actions and Scripts and Misc. There's lots of really neat stuff available.

Christine said...

i love the effect of the textures on these! my favorite, i think, is the one with the window flower box.

Simply Stork said...

I can't seem to figure it out(textures) I think my system is too old :o(...your pictures are breath taking...I love the way you look at things through the lens...beautiful.

~simply~

Shelli said...

Thank you for visiting my photo page. After looking at your photos, I am very flattered by your compliment because your photos are gorgeous! And you have a beautiful blog! Did you take your banner photo at the Bellagio in LV? I used to live in Las Vegas! Beautiful banner!

Someday I'm going to try the texture thing. Gotta find the time.

ShellyW said...

What beautiful photos. I can't wait to check out the links! Thanks for visiting my site a few days ago. I love comments!

www.scenesfromeverydaylife.blogspot.com

Elizabeth said...

Cinnamon Gurl - Thanks for the rec of Leschick, she does have great stuff on flickr!

Amy - I know you'll love this technique, definitely check it out!

Bee - No problem, can't wait to see what you do with textures on your lovely photos.

Limonana - Thanks my dear, I'll keep you posted!

Marcie - I hope the tutorial is helpful. Some of the ones out there are so confusing!

Anke - Thanks for visiting!

Nicole - I'm hoping to take a class soon as well. I'd love to hear what yours is like when you begin.

Niobe - It really is fun--enjoy!

Kacey - Thanks! It's great to find something new to do with photos!

Chelly - Thanks for the reference!

Christine - Thanks! I love the window boxes too, on film and in real life.

Simply Stork - Oh no! I wonder what isn't working. Feel free to email me (link on main page) if I might be able to answer any questions.

Shelli - It IS the Bellagio! Good eye! :)

Shellyw - Welcome! Hope the links are helpful to you.

amelia said...

i guess it looks like i'm late commenting on this blog, but what the heck. thanks for the info on texturing photos. i try to learn more about photography when i have time and can get my hands on info.

i liked your feather photo, probably my favorite of those on the blog.

miss you guys in brooklyn.

Elizabeth said...

Amelia - Thanks for visiting! Brooklyn misses you too.

e-Mom @ Splash* said...

Very interesting experiments. Nice work so far! :~D

jessamyn said...

holy wow...these are amazing. i am totally and utterly inspired! can you teach me??? ;)hee hee!

Sabrina said...

Oh thanks for all the great links...I really want to improve my photos. A new camera wouldn't hurt either.

Elizabeth said...

e-mom - Thanks!

Jessamyn - It's really as easy as checking out the link I posted, I swear!

Sabrina - Your pictures are already awesome!

bleeding espresso said...

Oooh I would love to play with texture. I just may have to make some time for this--your photos are wonderful :)

Karin said...

I love playing around with textures! It has been a while, you have inspired me to get back to it. Your photos look great. Thanks for including the links.

Lu said...

oh,my! how lovely your textures are.

Chessa said...

I love these...textures are so fun but I've never actually tried any myself. Thanks for the inspiration!
:)

Chilli said...

The flower box photo is beautiful. The light and texture and feel is just perfect!!

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