How To Add Textures to Photos with Photoshop

I get a lot of requests on my blog asking me to explain how to add texture to photos of flowers.  There are a few methods that can be used to add texture, and this method works for me, and is quite simple to follow.  Using this technique, you will easily be able to add textures to photos of anything using Photoshop. First, my original photo of an aloe flower taken one evening.  It was just after the sun set, so I used my flash to take the photo with my 50mm lens with f-stop at 1.8 and ISO 200. Using Lightroom to Adjust the Colours I could have kept the original colours and overlayed a texture, but I wanted something different (I was in an odd mood).  So I went hunting through my Lightroom presets (I use Lightroom 3 Beta 2) that I don't often use for portraits because they're too … [Read more...]

How To Make a Blog Header for Free

A Tutorial on how to make a blog banner using Picasa instead of something fancy and complicated like Photoshop Want a free and easy way to make your Blogger blog look more original and professional? I did. I was desperate and didn't want to pay for a blog designer, and didn't have time to learn Photoshop. I also LOVE the design process of changing things up once a month. So I came up with this very easy tutorial for you using a free program we can all use. Picasa. First you need to download Picasa. It’s free and relatively simple to get your pictures into Picasa. Picasa is 'made' by Google and it won't make your computer blow up, or slow down, or act really weird. I really love using it and I've tried almost everything. I think this is the best (and most self-explanatory) FREE … [Read more...]

More Free Actions for Photohop Elements

Not too long ago, Drea posted some great info here on Photo Bliss about using free actions to automate processes in Photoshop Elements.  She mentioned CoffeeShop, whose Creamy Toffee Latte action I used for this belly button shot. Here are some other places to find Photoshop Elements friendly freebies! One caveat before you start downloading - confirm that these actions are compatible with your version of Photoshop Elements and with your operating system (Mac, Vista, XP). Graficalicus - Not only does Graffi have a great free action sampler pack, he also has good tutorials in his blog, and he posts free stuff there from time to time.  The free sampler pack has these actions, among others:  Soft Black & White, Old Romance,  and Sketch. Grant's Tools - totally free set of … [Read more...]