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The use of textures in digital photography can enhance an image, add a new mood and even turn a rather mundane photo into a piece of art!

Here is one simple way of using layers in Photoshop, with some examples of how I have transformed a few of my images.

Step 1) Open up the canvas with the texture on it. Select the entire picture by right clicking on the picture with the lasso tool or the rectangular marquee tool (both located on the main vertical menu). The “moving ants” all the way around the picture indicate the picture is selected.

Step 2) On the top horizontal menu, click Edit and then Copy on the drop-down menu.

Step 3) Now open up the canvas with the photo you’re going to applying the texture to. Again, go to Edit on the top menu select Paste. This should put the texture on top of the photo you’re applying the texture to. At this time you should not be able to see the photo, only the texture on top. You may have to resize your texture image, as it must cover the whole of your photograph.

Step 4) Open up the layers menu on the right side.

In the layers box you need to right click on the layer with the texture. (There should be only 2 or 3 layers here). Next, select Blending Options.

Step 5) You will now be at a large menu. Highlighted in blue on the left side should be Blending Options: Default. We are going to use both the Opacity and Blend Mode under General Blending at the top. Click the drop-down menu under Blend Mode and select Overlay (towards the middle of the menu). This will now make the texture over the photo more transparent. The default Opacity should be 100%.

Have a play around with the Opacity to get the effect you want, and remember you need to flatten your work and save!

You can obtain ‘textures’ from various sites – for example, or you can go out and take photographs to make your own..a fun job in itself!

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I’ve decided I want to blog more…in fact, as I am fairly new to blogging, i though this would be great motivation for me!

While my ‘main’ reason to blog is about photography – I also want to do some writing and sharing – so this is perfect.

Rather than just thinking about doing it, I’m starting right now.  I will be posting on this blog once a week for all of 2011.

I know it won’t be easy, but it might be fun, inspiring, awesome and wonderful. Therefore I’m promising to make use of The DailyPost, and the community of other bloggers with similiar goals, to help me along the way, including asking for help when I need it and encouraging others when I can.

If you already read my blog, I hope you’ll encourage me with comments and likes, and good will along the way.

Signed,

Caroline

 

 

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I’m a nurse and also a photographer.

This blog is mainly about sharing the places I visit as a photographer through words and photographs – with some input about how I view the world in general thrown in.

 

I have a number of photos which are my personal favourites which I would like to share …the rest of my writings are a work in progress….a journal of my excursions.

Here are just a few photos to start off with – hope you will continue to drop in and take a look in the near future:

Private Jetty:

Sorrento, Victoria where there is a little beach, with lots of piers and small boathouses.

Green Folds:

Taken in Gippsland, a beautiful region of old volcanic hills which produce these dramatic folds.

 

Strength:

This wonderful tree was taken in Wallan, country Victoria. An extremely foggy day, which is rare for this part of the world, I only found it after getting completely lost !

 

Reflective times:

The end of the day in Lakes Entrance, Victoria

 

Let It Wash Over You:

Melbourne singer Jess McAvoy – worth listening to !

 

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