Tuesday, December 8, 2009


Cecille Brunner is such a pretty little rose, I have the bush variety and it's lovely at this time of the year. My mother used to have the climbing version in her old garden, it was a huge bush which scrambled up an old plum tree and was smothered in blossom and seemed to grow new branches overnight, we had roses in the spring and plums in the summer!

Anyway back to the texturing, as Paul says we've been asked how we go about deciding which textures to use, and for me at least it's all a matter of trial and error especially at the moment when I'm still learning how our textures in the new Tex Box 2 behave with photos. I don't usually have a look in mind when I start processing, but just open some likely looking textures and "play", and if I'm lucky, something works :-)

In this one after the initial square crop (I'm a square addict) I went to our new texture pack and decided on:
Archival Canvas @ Soft Light 100% this added a nice subtle texture and I could've left it like that, but I thought I'd see what some other textures looked like.
Backdrop@ Multiply 100% (which added some depth)
Holmes @ SoftLight 100% for some grunge and to add interest with the banding of this texture at top and bottom.
Copy of original image @ SoftLight 63% this added a little more definition
And it was done!


Sandy said...

Thanks for more of the detail of you working process.

I love the idea that you're still learning how to use this new pack.

I adore both yours and Paul's work. I find the images breathtaking.

paulgrand said...

Very nice tutorial and image! :-)

RRF said...

Lovely work, thanks for the tutorial.

Colleen Farrell said...

Stunning work! Love the story of the roses and how you used the textures. I came to your blog today hoping to find more textures, and I was rewarded with a new set! :)

ana_jo said...

oh Jill, I love that story, I have the same roses in my garden and call them Michalinki [michaela in english], from my grandmum's name, because she gave seedlings my mum and my mum gave me, they smell beautiful:) and remind me of my gradmum, she was wonderful and strong woman.

beautiful work!
thanks for a tips, I think I could add an intuition too :) sometimes you know it's the right choice.

Borealnz (Jill) said...

Thanks everyone :-)
Ana-jo, that's such a lovely story -thanks for sharing it.

Anonymous said...

what a wonderful collection of images and blog you've got here Jill. The textures are so lovely! You never cease to amaze me and inspired me! Congratulations to you and paul!

Borealnz (Jill) said...

Thanks for your kind words Sam.

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