Odd Ball

Odd Ball

Have you ever felt like a fifth wheel?  … or odd man out?  … or the last one picked when sides are chosen on the playground?   … or you were swimming upstream?   … or you were the only kid not sitting at the lunchroom “cool table”?   … or you were sittting in the back seat and the driver and front seat passenger carry on a conversation like you’re not there?  … or you were driving the wrong way on a one-way street?  … or blah, blah, blah.   You get the point.   I guess that happens in nature too.

This photo was taken at the zoo, a very large planting of Black-Eyed Susans and one lone Daisy growing in the middle.  If you look closely at the photo, you will notice some texture in it, my first attempt of using blending modes to combine two photos.  I’m attempting to give this image the appearance of being printed on something other than photographic paper.  In this particular case, I used a background of cracked plaster.

Thought for the dayAlthough the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it.    Helen Keller

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  1. Larry … that’s not a bad first try at textures. I will suggest this website to help you with textures. There is so much you can do with them but it is nice to see before/after when someone that is really good with them does them. The website is Flypaper Textures … http://flypapertextures.blogspot.com/
    They sell textures but there are places to get free textures. There is an advantage with theirs in they are 300 dpi. If you get free textures … http://shadowhousecreations.blogspot.com/ … this guy is really good and he shows you how to use them as well. There are tricks of the trade that they discuss and various ways to work on the item. I would suggest you change the original you will apply the texture to a Smart Object. That will give you the ability to make changes if you don’t like what you have. That said I use some software from TotallyRad called Dirty Pictures. That is pricey (I bought it when I had more money) and I love it. I also put textures on more and more photos and it does save me a lot of time. Kind of like the Smart Object.
    You will also find that certain photos are better to add textures than others.
    Good luck, the texture journey is just beginning.


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