Monday, January 25, 2010

Texture

I've been following a site called I Heart Faces for awhile now and today I decided to enter a contest. Let me start off by saying in no way do I expect to win, but I still wanted to enter a photo for the fun of it. Learning this stuff was my New Year's resolution and unless I practice I'm not going to learn it, right? The challenge for this week is "texture" and, being brand new to Photoshop Elements and my camera, this certainly was a challenge. Honestly, I have no idea what I'm doing. I was able to figure out how to get the texture over the photo but removing it from Maggie's face? No clue how to do that in Elements. I'm not going to complain though because working on my entry has been lots of fun and I feel like I've learned a thing or two about textures.

By the way, I found this free texture at Photos by Gina . To check out more textured photos or submit your own, go to:

14 Super Awesome Commenters Said:

Tezzie said...

Good job! I'm new to layers in elements, myself, just having figured it out over xmas.

While your layer is still 'open', you can take (some of...or all if you wish) the texture away from the face by using the eraser feature (on the left), set at a small opacity so you can make subtle corrections...you can also adjust the size of the eraser, and I have learned you get better results with various sizes and various opacities, so keep adjusting ;D

Hope that helps!!

Michelle said...

Beautiful pic! You are going to have to teach me what you're learning in photoshop. I have the program but have yet to dive in!

mom said...

Don't know what you're talking about, but LOVE the picture!

Lyndsay said...

Tezzie, I get what you're saying, I tried it, and it worked! Thanks so much for the tip. I would have spent hours trying to figure that out on my own.

Lyndsay said...

Michelle, let's make a plan to get together one of these days and we'll play around with it together.

Email Me said...

Wow, what a great effect. Maggie looks like she has a glow. Come to think of it, she does glow. She is such a cutie and so photogenic; good job with your camera and photo shop! Please keep the Maggie pictures coming.

Erica Kree said...

I love your image! I can't believe that this is your first time trying textures in photoshop!!!
Have you joined the I Heart Faces forum yet? I just joined a couple of weeks ago & it's fabulous! Lots of tips & super nice photographers at all skill levels!
Great job girl! Keep it up!

Mom2Isabel said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting. I love the picture of your daughter. Just beautiful!

Just this morning, I was looking into buying Photoshop Elements. Do you like it?

Lori said...

Thanks for leaving me a comment! That was very sweet of you. I heart faces is a great place to learn. I also like

www.coffeeteaphotography.blogspot.com.

She gives great tutorials. Here she teaches you to use clipping mask.

http://coffeeteaphotography.blogspot.com/2009/09/coffeeshop-editing-101-layer-masks.html

It is very similar to using the eraser but I find the eraser doesn't always work the way I want it to. Hope it helps.

Laura said...

Thanks for leaving me such a sweet comment. I had to pop over to see your entry. I love the wonder that you captured in this shot!

You can use layer masks to remove the texture from the face - I think you've received a couple of comments on that above.

Terry Ommen said...

Maggie is such a cutie; no photoshop necessary

Kelli Mc. said...

This is such a sweet photo and a great use of texture. Looks too good to be your first! By the way, my best friend's daughter is "Lindsey Loo!" Thanks for checking out my blog.

nicoleishida said...

Beautiful. I love the warm colour and how the texture adds so much interest to the image.

Emeric Photography said...

you did great! if you want, i can explain how to get the texture out of her face. I use Photoshop CS4, but I'm sure it's the same in Elements.
One of my new year's resolutions was to submit a photo ea. week for the I heart faces challenges. So far so good. I look forward to seeing more of your work as you progress! XOXO