Sunday, October 18, 2009

Fun With Photoshop

I promised Sue that I would pass along any nifty Photoshop tips and techniques. I found one which seems to have limitless possibilities. Over at Ree’s Pioneer Woman blog, if you’re able to tear yourself away from the recipes and the love story, you’ll find her photography page. Recently she has been focusing on adding textures to photographs. The reader examples she has been posting have been fabulous and inspiring (start here). Happily, back in June, she offered a texture tutorial by Jodi Friedman of MCP Actions. It’s a very clear tutorial with lots of screen shots. The nice thing is you can keep the web page up in the background of your computer screen, while you try the techniques in Photoshop in the foreground.

Here’s the very first thing I tried using a photo from Washington state as posted last November:

And here it is “aged” and “textured” using Jodi’s downloadable “Rust” and “Brick” photos as texture overlays.

Have fun!


Lailaa said...

Thanks for the tips... A colleague at work suggested the following book to me and raves about it. I ordered a '2nd hand' copy from and awaiting its arrival... Hope it proves worth it! Hugs, xx

This is the link but just in case it does not work, the book is, "Photoshop Fine Art Cookbook for Digital Photographers: Techniques for Recreating the Classic Styles of Great Artists and Photographers (Ilex Digital Studio) by John Beardsworth (Paperback - 13 Mar 2006)"

Pink Granite said...

Hi Lailaa -
Thank you for the recommendation! The book sounds very cool and I will seek it out.
There's always something new to explore in Photoshop and/or Elements isn't there!
- Lee

Sue said...

WOW! Thank you! I'm so revolting, I didn't even know this post for me existed. I am heading off to check out the other 2 sights. I try check Ree's blog from time to time, but don't always get there... Thanks again for sharing some tricks with me xxx