Monday, September 30, 2013
2B D29 : My Very Own Textures
I feel like Kim gave me the keys to the Kingdom with this lesson! The whole world has opened wide with the knowledge of how to build textures. I've been a big texture lover for years ... I've got a hard drive full of wonderful texture pictures, but I never quite knew how to go from raw textures to the beautiful abstract textures that can effectively be layered into a photo ... until now!
Now I know the secrets! I'm so excited! Just when I find I'm running out of space on my hard drive. Doh! I'm also learning that these layered texture files can grow into whopping big files in a hurry.
I've decided to name the textures in this set after some of the beloved characters in ABC's Once Upon a Time. Mary Margaret, Charming, Henry and Emma.
The Bird Brush came from sd_stock here at Deviant Art.
Don't worry-- There are many more characters on the show who need textures. Including the Villains. More to come!
Here are some of the base textures I started with on my texture walk in downtown Oshkosh a few weeks ago :
A few more thoughts on this exercise : It seems I would get one of the textures "just right" and then by the time I exported it, and smallified it, something changed. It just didn't look quite like I had worked up. Sometimes it made the softer parts rougher, or the lighter parts darker. Finally, I just gave up. This is what I ended up with.
Of course the real test will be to actually layer these into some "real" photos. I'll leave that for a separate post.
Although I can't share Kim's basic recipes for creating great textures (Sign up for the class and you'll learn the secrets!), I will share Lost and Taken's Tutorial for How to Create Subtle Grunge Textures which shows a similar process.