Art Beyond the Lens. Working with Digital Textures by Sarah Gardner

By Sarah Gardner

Vintage-looking, dream-like textures can open up an entire new international on your images. even though, there's a lot, even more to operating with textures than just merging them with a picture through Photoshop. during this beautiful new consultant from texture guru Sarah Gardner, youll study every thing there's to understand approximately tips to maximize the possibility of those fascinating instruments. as well as 1000s of lovely instance photos, this booklet is additionally jam-packed with functional suggestion on what makes an outstanding texture, and the way and whilst to take advantage of them. How a picture is at the beginning captured and processed has an important effect at the impact a texture can have, so youll additionally examine what to contemplate while composing and capturing (rather than just hoping on post-processing) and the way to take advantage of lighting fixtures and history issues successfully for later paintings with textures. Workshop notes and a supplemental web site may help you place Sarahs recommendations into perform instantly. appealing adequate to sit down in your espresso desk but functional adequate to shop close to your desktop, this booklet will convey you every little thing you want to understand to get that coveted vintage-feel on your photographs, even if youre an off-the-cuff relations snapper or a pro expert.

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What is a digital texture? A digital texture is quite simply a photographic image of an abstract surface within its own right. Although this photographic image may have undergone a few wonderful transformations of its own; in essence, it’s just another JPEG image file. Frustrated with not being able to find digital textures that produced the results I was after, it made sense to create my own. This way I could be sure to use and incorporate the textural elements that I wanted to see translate across into my photographic compositions.

35 36 Art Beyond the Lens Backgrounds How light and dark ­backgrounds work differently You have now seen just how effective the use of negative space can be for providing a clear destination for textured layers. Extending on this, let’s take a closer look at backgrounds. Whether I’m ­photographing still life or taking portraits in the park, my background will play a vital role in the effectiveness of my selected textures when I begin processing. The reason my background is important is that different textures work ­differently once layered over a light or dark background.

55 Making textures from the right source material I have seen textures made out of all sorts of things; I think the most bizarre was a dog’s fur coat! Personally, I believe the initial source of a texture is quite ­important. I use textures within the processing of my digital photography for a handful of reasons: from heightening the emotional connection to suggesting old charm or whimsical sophistication. It’s therefore required that the textures I use support this ­application. As I mentioned previously, different textures are suited to different jobs because different textures behave differently depending on the way they are blended.

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