24 October 2009

Bokeh and other textures

Over the last few weeks I've discovered bokeh. I'm trying to create bokeh effects with my point and shoot camera.  I'll let you know how it goes, according to the experts, it's a near impossibility.

In the meantime, I've had to 'pretend' and have been hunting down bokeh textures from all over the net.  I've been using those textures with my regular textures on my photos and here's one of the results (one of many, they are so much fun to make).   My daughter somewhere in Marrakesh.  We had been to the market the day before and she had wanted an outfit like the local kids.  Of course, she had to make it her own; so she added the sunhat (which was from our Italian leg of the same trip). 

9 October 2009

Audrey Dreamer - an Experiment in Texture

I like experimenting with textures and techniques and I do it all the time.  I'm also really getting into starting something in Photoshop, tweaking it in Illustrator and then returning it to Photoshop to add more details.

When I was still running challenges, I had one for photo makeovers, but not in the traditional sense (if there is a traditional sense for photo makeovers).  I wanted participants to change the clothes of the people/models in their photos, and preferably use vintage photos.

I created two images, today I'm sharing Audrey Hepburn (I'm such a fan of hers, she had such style, grace and poise; a true lady).  I didn't want to change Audrey too much, so I merely 'painted' her and gave her some new snazzy material and sparkles (she deserves sparkles!).

8 October 2009

Free ATC backgrounds

On one of the digital scrapbooking forums that I visit, I noticed a discussion on ATCs (Artist Trading Cards). One thing led to another, and now I'm offering some ATC backgrounds I made as samples for some 12 x 12 backgrounds I was selling; when I was designing.

Here's a preview (I know it's an awful preview) and here's the link for download.  Enjoy!  Let me know of you create anything with them by linking me up in the comments.  I would love to see what you have made.

The blog background, yet again

Okay, I think this is it. No more changes for a while. I'm quite pleased with this background and I hope it doesn't take too long too load.

Let me know if it causes any problems.