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Weekly Photo and Travel Theme Challenges: Textured And Endearing

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Weekly Photo and Travel Theme Challenges: Textured And Endearing

I’m actually a bit late with my post this week! It’s been a busy one. I very nearly used this image for last week’s Travel Theme: Simplify, as the photo was taken in a busy park with numerous distractions in the background that I’d needed to eliminate. I decided to do this using several textured masking layers in Photoshop, to draw the viewers focus back to the endearing portrait of the girl with her young puppy.

You can create your own textures to use in this way simply by photographing interesting textured scenes or objects. Rocks, fabrics, bricks and handmade paper are all great for this! There are a number of websites offering free texture downloads for personal and commercial use and right here on WordPress you can visit Public Domain Textures for a wide selection to choose from. Thank you to Leanne Cole for introducing me to the blog, for which she is a regular contributor!

14 comments on “Weekly Photo and Travel Theme Challenges: Textured And Endearing

  1. Textures used as a background can be very cleverly applied, but sometimes I find they are overdone so the actual subject of the photo is lost. This isn’t the case here as you have used it to draw attention to the subject. Nothing more endearing than a child and a puppy (unless a child and a kitten πŸ˜‰ ) – this little girl has gorgeous red hair and what a smile!

    • Thank you πŸ™‚ I like using them with masking but I’ve seen it done a lot where effects are applied to the whole image and it actually seems to flatten them! I love experimenting to see what does and doesn’t work. Best way to learn I think!

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