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New Release: Textures for Digital Artists

Create unique textured images with the Authentic Paint Abstract Painterly Pack

I’m pleased to announce the immediate release of a set of 25 hand-painted textures for photographers and digital artists. The Authentic Paint™ Abstract Painterly pack was created for individuals who want to create unique composite artwork from their digital photographs. The texture images are from a set of commissioned abstract mixed media/acrylic on canvas paintings by California artist, “Authentic Paint.”

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Window to Your Soul

Historical building in Colonial Williamsburg, VA. Nikon D800e; monochrome conversion with Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.
Historical building in Colonial Williamsburg, VA. Nikon D800e; monochrome conversion with Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.

Here’s another image from my recent trip to Colonial Williamsburg. On our first morning at the historical area, this house immediately caught the attention of our group. We probably spent 15-20 minutes photographing it. Because there were 12 of us there, wide shots weren’t feasible. Instead, I switched to my 70-200mm AFS G VRII Nikkor and went looking for tighter compositions.

I really loved the textures and shadows in this image, and while the color photo was nice, I really wanted the shadows and textures to be the dominant elements. I therefore chose to convert the image to monochrome. To do this, I used Silver Efex Pro 2, part of the Nik Collection (now part of Google).

Why Silver Efex Pro 2 is My Choice for Monochrome

There are lots of options for converting your images to monochrome, including on-board conversion in your RAW converter. While you can get reasonable results using those tools, a dedicated monochrome tool like Silver Efex Pro 2 offers some seriously better control options. Continue reading Window to Your Soul

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New August Painterly Pack from Flypaper Textures

Head Frame, Western Museum of Mining and Industry, Colorado. I used a Flypaper Texture from the new August Painterly pack to create this image.

I love adding textures to my photos when I want a little creative spark. Textures can be really helpful on shots taken in overcast or mid-day conditions. The fine folks at Flypaper Textures have just released a new texture pack, “August Painterly,” which has 40 new high-resolution texture files.

The August Painterly pack includes 40 high-resolution texture files

To learn how you can apply textures to your images, check out my video tutorial, Layers of Creativity. I’ll walk you through all the steps needed to blend textures into your images.

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