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Saturday, January 29, 2011

muse university: everyday textures

creating your own textures
a repost by
tammy lee bradley of bliss and folly

textured with burlap

In our last muse university post, Ashley discussed how to apply textures to your photographs using Photoshop Elements.  This week, I am creating textures from everyday objects and a scanner.  

To start this project, I wandered around the house and garage looking for items that would create interesting textures.  With a stack of diverse items at my disposal, I scanned each one.  Using Photoshop Elements 8, I made minor adjustments to color, sharpness, and brightness. The completed scans were used to texturized the photos shown below. I used Photoshop Elements 8 with a blending mode of Soft Light and minor adjustments to the Opacity. 

my husband's denim jeans

a sheet of my harp music - I erased the portion over the fiddle.

piece of burlap fabric - I erased some of the texture on the cup

marble slab

a generic paper towel

crumpled tissue paper

leather pillow

velour pillow

a few tips:

1. Be careful with coarse objects so you do not scratch your scanning surface. 
2. Cover your scanner with a dark sheet if you are scanning big items to avoid light leaks.
3. Keep it subtle.  I tried using crumpled tinfoil and brushed stainless but the final results were overworked.

I have provided more examples and a linky tool at bliss and folly.  Share with me your photos with homemade textures.  Get creative. Think outside the box and make sure to tell me what you used for your texture...  that's the fun part.
♥  tammy lee

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  1. Delightful fun. I will have to try this.

  2. you did a beautiful job with these! i shared a tutorial last night on how to truly understand DOF and getting clear shots!


  3. ALright - so this is much easier than I initially thought. I need to ask my husband how to use our scanner at home. Right now, I only know how to use my scanner at work. Very cool though - I'm excited to try.

  4. This is great....so much fun to create our own textures. Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. Love how your final images turned out. I took a picture of an embroidered skirt I was wearing. With a little tweaking, I used it as a texture on this picture: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jrmaddy/5237070558/

    I love how it turned out!

  6. I enjoyed seeing the process and results! Intriguing. Thanks.

  7. These are really nice and effective textures - must have a look round and see what I can find!

  8. I love these suggestions for home-made textures! I'll have to try a few!

    I have a lot of fun with texture (my set at flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/onlindenway/sets/72157623038180176/)

    And there are so many resources (free and paid) that the looks you want to achieve is endless!