Texture Tuesday – Simplicity

The rules stated this week that at least Simplicity had to be used in the image.  The pale textures are not easy to work with unless your starting image is simple, slightly over exposed etc.  With this image of a banksia from my garden I ran it through ARVIS sketch and Topaz lab Adjust 5, the texture was used at Blending Mode of Darker Colour 100% opacity.

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Photo Art Friday – Abstract

I had fun creating this abstract art-the challenge was to take three pieces from photographs, collage them and use one of Pixel Dust’s textures. Below is the position of the original elements used in the composition.


Pomegranate, glass paper weights, wood




According to the layers in my PSD file, the elements remained at 100 opacity and Normal Blending Mode until I merged the images and ran the image through Topaz Lab Ajust 5 filter (HDR and applied posterizing). The background to the image is a close-up of the pomegranate sliced in half.  I think I have also applied the texture, but I moved it so I am not sure of the blending and opacity settings.

I went back to the original layer with a copy of the glass paper weight in the LHS and distorted it  with a little twirl, duplicated it and placed it in the opposite corner.  This glass weight was also placed below the distorted image.  I applied the texture using blending mode of Saturation and 100% opacity as the final layer.

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Tutorial Tuesdays – Building a Lightbox

Not having to rely on expensive equipment to obtain results is always something that us amateur photographers appreciate.  This week the Lightbox was featured and instructions given on how to construct and edit the resulting photographs.  I use a Nikon Coolpix L120, when I photographed my bowl I used the macro setting, the light was from above.

I opened the photograph in Raw (PSE10) and slightly altered the white light.  After opening in PSE10 I added an adjustment level layer and corrected the white light with the eye-dropper.

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Kauri Bowl


Traeger’s Farm

Using the theme “Story” and one of Kim Klassen’s textures for Tuesday Texture I have chosen Traeger’s Farm at Hamilton, South Australia as the basis of my story.  My husband worked here as a young teenager 50 years ago.  Three years ago we took a drive through the area and were able to drive onto the property.  These are the ruins of the milking sheds. The construction of the sheds is typical rural Australia, were local stones from the paddocks were used for the walls, the beams and struts are from local trees and the roof was thatched.



L1 Texture “Light Paper” at 100% opacity and Normal Blending

L2 Photogrpah at 100% and Overlay Blending

L 3 Selected all layers applied the Copy Merge and Paste under Edit, applied BuzSim in Topaz Lab Simplify 3 filter

L4 “Light Paper” over L3 at 100% opacity and Soft Light Blending.

Windmills at Wellington Ferry, South Australia

While waiting for the ferry at Wellington I took a photo or two of the windmills.  I have applied Kim Klassesn’s texture “Awaken” to the photograph and played around with ARKVIS Sketch and blending modes. The sky was cloudy, I think there would be more definition if I had pasted in a different sky. Also the windmill on the right makes an excellent subject on its own.


Windmills at Wellington Ferry

Photo Art Friday – Three

Bonnie’s challenge was around the number three/s or to use one of her new textures.  I have combined both and used pdpa Off Kilter.




Layer 1. Texture at Hard Light-100% opacity

Layer2. Fish Blending Mode Overlay- 100% opacity

Layer 3 cut out of fish  repositioned and smaller Blending mode – Normal-100% opacity

Layer 4 cut out of fish converted to a shadow

Credit: Balistapus-undulatus from Wikipedia Commons http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orange-lined_triggerfish

Background pdpa Off Kilter by Pixel Dust http://www.pixeldustphotoart.com/


The theme for Tuesday Texture with Kim Klassen is to use one of her textures with the theme of “Open”, the texture I have used is “Wonderful Magic”, the images are from my personal collection of an old shearing shed and the silhouette is from photographs of friends.



The recipe:

L1. Wonderful Magic

L2. Clipping mask to alter the Hue and Saturation

L3. Shearing Shed at Pin Light Blending Mode – 100% opacity

L4. Silhouette Normal Blending Mode – 86 % opacity

L5. Wonderful Magic with clipping mask – gradient fill and use of brush (black)

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Photo Art Friday – Old Lawn Shirt

This weeks challenge was to use one of the freebies at Pixel Dust.  I decided to make a collage from photographs from the garden, a vase and the had wheel from a photograph I took of an old steam engine.


Layer 1 Old Lawn Shirt 100% opacity Normal Blending

Layer 2-6 Wheel  100% opacity Hard Light Blending (different placements)

Layer 7 Clipping Mask using Posterize

Layer 8 Right Hand Side Leaf 100% opacity Overlay Blending

Layer 9 Left Hand Side Leaf 100% opacity Lighten Blending

Layer 10 Vase 100% opacity Hard light Blending

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