Thursday, March 5, 2009

Texture on Photographs

Thank you everyone for your emails about my photographs. Many of you have wanted to know how I made Claire's pictures have that "texture" look on them. Since the technique is very similar to my previous post, I will do a quick tutorial about it; sorry that I am not returning each of your emails, this will just be faster for me. And a quick note, I think this tutorial works best if there is a big background and a small subject. For instance, you see Claire, and then there's a big wall.

Okay, so this tutorial is to teach how to get your pictures to make this transformation:

1. Start by opening your picture in Photoshop.
2. I always like to play with the levels of the photo to bring out the colors more vividly. To do this, make sure your picture is highlighted in the layers section. Then click "Image", "Adjustments", and finally "Levels." (Steps 2 & 3 you do not have to do; I just like to.)
3. Move the little buttons around like I've shown in the diagram. No one has ever taught me the correct way to do this, but I always start at the right with the white tab and I move it slightly to the left. Then I go all the way over to where the black tab is on the left, and I move it slightly to the right. And finally I play around with the middle gray tab. When you are done, if you want to you can "uncheck" the box next to the word "preview" and that will show you what your picture originally looked like. It amazes me how much gray my pictures always start out with.
4. The next part I am not going to type in detail because I already did it in my previous post, starting with step number 4. For this tutorial I am using an image that I found here: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/972210

Follow steps 4 through 9 from my previous post. I will post pictures here but will not go into detail:



5. We're almost finished. I personally don't like to texture on my baby's face and skin, so I want to erase that part of the texture.
6. I like to zoom in closely when I fine tune these details, so I will use my "Navigator" tool and slide the button to the right to zoom in to Claire's face. If your Navigator tool is not showing, then on your menu options click on "Window" and then "Navigator."
7. Erase the texture on her face and skin. On the smaller areas (like her legs) I changed my brush size from the "100" down to about "50." When you're done, slide the "Navigator" button (from step 6) back to the left so you can see your whole picture again.
8. The last step is to darken the edges. I do this by using the "burn tool" which is one of my all-time favorite tools in Photoshop. I use it when I create so many of my papers and I just love the look that it does. If you can envision taking a paper, lighting a match to it and watching the edges burn, that is exactly what this tool does. For this tutorial I will once again use that same soft round brush that we used for the "eraser" tool. But you can get creative with this and use other brush shapes as well. For instance, on this image I had done with her, I used a scroll brush at the bottom of the picture using the burn tool: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_rujJJ-dR2BI/SZuPlrfSO_I/AAAAAAAAAPg/JaWY_REEhfE/s1600-h/Claire_PinkDress_Stairs.jpg

9. And now, just go around the edges of your picture. Hint: if you want to keep it going in a straigt line, then hold down the shift key at the same time.

I hope you have fun with this. Get creative. Try all sorts of different textures. Good luck!

32 comments:

Brittany said...

Yay! I have always wondered how you do your textures! I will be playing with this one this weekend.

Thank you for sharing a bit of your creative brain! :)

Lisa E said...

Thanks for the fun tutorials! Can you do one about making a "paper" look like it has a torn edge? That would be awesome! Thanks again!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for posting this! I have wanted to know how to do that for a while now! You're awesome! I can't wait for more of your kits!

Allison said...

Ohh thanks for posting! I love learning new photoshop stuff!!

Krystyn said...

Thanks for the great tutorial!

Penny B. said...

Fantastic technique...thank you!!

Martha said...

Thanks, Summer! I tried your last tutorial, and I'll be trying this one, too. (Now you've got me looking for textures around me to photograph!)
Keep more tutorials coming. I love them!

Laura said...

Thanks so much for the tutorials! I am learning... yeah!

Ness said...

Not sure what I am doing wrong, but I signed up for that website where you get your textured photos and it won't let me use them without paying a fee...is there anyway around that?

Anonymous said...

Summer-
This is exactly what I wanted to learn! Thanks for sharing once again! I look forward to your future posts. You're great!

Summer said...

Ness, www.sxc.hu does something very confusing, and that is that when you search for something, the very top row of images is actually from a website called "Stock Exchange" where you DO have to pay a fee. Make sure you ignore that top row, and look at the pictures BENEATH the "Stock Exchange" pictures.

Betsey said...

Your work is beautiful Summer!! So is your daughter!! Thank you for sharing your talent with all of us. :)

Ness said...

Thanks summer, I have it figured out! You are a lifesaver!

Ben & Heather said...

thanks for sharing your secrets you are awesome!

Christina said...

Thanks! I'm addicted to photoshop, but have so much to learn. You can also use a layer mask instead of "erasing" and it's not permanent & can be adjusted easily. I think that's only in regular photoshop though, not elements.

Kindra said...

You are amazing to share your talent with us. I am excited to give this a try!!

Randi said...

LOVE your stuff and this tutorial is awesome!! Thanks so much for sharing!! I left an award for you on my blog! :)

Julie H. said...

Can't thank you enough for these tutorials. Things are going to get alot cuter around here!! :)

Jamie said...

I tried it, it's easy, I LOVE it!
Thank you so much for your easy step-by-step instructions!
I posted the picture on my blog check it out!

Leah said...

Thank you for the great tutorial! I appreciate how giving you are with information and kits on your site.
Happy Spring! :o)

*Monica* said...

Love, Love, Love, the tutorials. A friend was telling me about the burn tool, but I didn't know how to use it. Thanks

The Whitakers said...

What photoshop is this??

Melissa said...

This is so helpful! This is exactly the kind of help I need. You are so awesome to share your expertise!

Miranda said...

bless you for posting this tutorial

Darla said...

What a great tutorial and a great idea! Thank you for sharing your creativity!

Lesleigh Kelly said...

I can't thank you enough! I found your blog somehow and just love your photos and what you do with them. I found an old brick wall on mother's day and took a photo of each of my mom's 9 grandchildren in front of it. . . just so I can try this technique. It worked perfectly. Thank you!!!!

erin said...

Thanks for your great directions! I wanted to let you know that I recreated your tutorial in Photoshop Elements on my blog: http://scrapsandpaps.blogspot.com/2009/05/texture-on-photographs_24.html

The Smith Family said...

Thanks for this! I finally did it and here is what I came up with. I put it as the main picture on my blog....

www.acoupleofnuts.blogspot.com

Sarah-Olivia said...

simply amazing! Thanks so much! I only wish I knew how to do that earlier. I love looking at your blog and reading it! Feel free to look at my pages at either sarah-olivia.blogspot.com or scrapbook4heidi.blogspot.com (This is a scrapbook I am currently making for my mom). Also, if you see something screaming out that needs to be changed on any page, I do not mind the feedback!

Anonymous said...

You inspire me !! Thank you for so much for the easy to understand tutorials !!

Erin said...

Thank you so much! I posted a link to your site, hope you don't mind.

Ashley Welling said...

I finally got photoshop on my computer. I am so excited to do your tutorials now!