Friday, November 8, 2013

November Photo Challenge : Applying Textures

I love special effects! It works so well on a photo that has ‘problems’. Do you ever take a photo and what you saw was not what you captured in your photo? That’s the best time to use textures.

I don’t have any special programs and I only use the free online services, most of the time I stick with Picmonkey and Ipiccy. They are both user friendly.

When we travel to the mountains of NC, our last few miles are on I 26 and this is our first view of the mountains that we love. I took the photo to Picmonkey and used Posterize to give it this neat effect.

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I meant to use it as a banner. (all you need to do is remember to resize it to the proper size)

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One afternoon at Fletcher park, the sun was making everything dull. (Below is the original and then 4 changes to the same photo.)

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So instead of trying to make it look ‘less dull’, I used Dusk to make it even duskier.

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Then I played a little more and made it night time! lol

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The Paint effect gave the sky more color.

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I also love using Pencil Sketch in Picassa.

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Do you like playing with photos on your computer, too? Join us for these challenges HERE. We have fun and always learn a lot, too.

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Thanks Donna!!!

51 comments:

Donna said...

I agree that it is great fun to transform your photos with the neat digital tools now available. Gosh, why would anybody want to go back to the days of film? I really like how you transformed the park scene with a handful of different textures. Wonderful!

Inger said...

I love these special effects and will try them more often myself. I particularly like that last picture and you have now inspired me to do something using that picasa feature.

TexWisGirl said...

the pencil sketch works really well on that scene! i will every once in a while play with something in picassa. :)

Mary said...

Diane, I love what you did with these shots - really livened them up and made them 'keepers'. I agree, often we take that first look at a photo and think it's yucky, however before hitting delete it's worth playing with it and often it looks so much better you just love it!!!

Great job dear - glad you are enjoying being back in our lovely mountains.

Hugs - Mary

Stam Family said...

Great job! I love the pencil effect but only the color can really show the beauty of the blue Ridge Mts! I hope you're here now because the color is in full swing finally!

cucki said...

Great Job dear..I love it so much
Hugs x

Elizabeth said...

I received a beautiful post card today from a thoughtful friend in N.C. thanks Diane!

acorn hollow said...

I love the paint effect it looks like an old post card.
I have never used anything like that I am going to see if I can do it. thanks for showing this.
Cathy

Vee said...

You did a super job of perking up the photos! I like the night time sky.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I only correct my photo's, you know, lighter darker, sharper..Etc. I have never completely altered a pic. I have used Picmonkey but never paid much attention to the altering options! Your photos are gorgeous!!! Thank you for the tips!

Carol

Lavender Cottage said...

You made some interesting changes of the photo of Fletcher park. It's been fun playing with the textures.
Judith

NanaDiana said...

Oh- SOOOO cool. I really need to learn how to play with my photos- xo Diana

Jeanne said...

Very Nice!!! I love the pencil sketch thingy.

Jill said...

I use PicMonkey too but just for basic things, I need to explore it more!

Nancy said...

Editing like this is a lot fun, isn't it? Have you tried Fotor editor? It's a free downloadable program. I've been using it for several weeks now, and I like it very much. I really like your edit #5 and the last photo in your collection. It would be neat to see the night time editing of #5 on a scene like that with snow. With that big star above the mountain I think it would look like a Christmas card. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such a nice comment. :)

Stephanie said...

I love each photo - each one is unique and creative :) Happy weekend, sweet lady!

Cranberry Morning said...

Oh, I love that night time effect!! Stunning. I've never used Ipiccy.

Brenda said...

Wonderful effects and textures. And what awesome views!!

Montanagirl said...

I like what you did with the photos, and I really like using the Poster Edges filter, and lots of others too. It's fun to play with photos.

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Wow, so many neat looks for the same picture. Such a pretty scene...
Blessings,
Cindy

Christine said...

You are so clever! I love how the effects work on each picture!

Terri Buster said...

Cool edits- and I love the fall foliage in your header.

Lori Lindsey said...

Great job! I like the 'duskier' one the best.

Pamela Gordon said...

Beautiful scenes and nice edits Diane. I like the paint effect on the field scene the best. It's fun to try these isn't it? Dave a great weekend.

Donna said...

Oh Wow! The night time texture is wonderful! Look at that star!
Great job on the all!
hughugs

Denise said...

I've never tried any of those. I really would love to.Thank You Donna for the info. I'm jumping on over to figure it all out now-Hugs to You Denise

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Diane, I love what you have altered in your pics. Yes, I love to edit my pics in many ways as well. I use PicMonkey and have a yearly business version and I also use PhotoScape and learning Adobe Illustrator for fabric designs. That one is a real challenge.
I know you are having fun. Love the day to nighttime pics.
Thank you for stopping by and your kind comment.
Have a restful weekend.
Hugs!

Musings from Kim K. said...

I'm addicted to photo editing programs. They are so much fun. Enjoy your weekend adventures!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

I know exactly what you're saying!! You see something that is breathe taking and when you shoot it, then look at it - the shot just doesn't give you that wahhh laaaa that you saw!! Like your idea of photo enhancing!!

Cheryl said...

Diane, you have inspired me to try different textures to "save" a yucky picture! I'm afraid I have many of those. I always say that my main photography tip is to take SCADS of pictures and maybe something will turn out as I have envisioned it. ;)

Great job on the challenge!

Catherine Holman said...

I do love playing around with my photos on photoshop and pic monkey!

LindyLou Mac said...

In theory yes but I never seem to get the time, love the pencil sketch one!

mypoeticpath said...

you did a great job Diane, these are works of art. I'm going to have to check out some of these photo programs when time permits. I really like what you did here.

Falling Star IS free today, I just checked. Hope you get a chance to take advantage of this freebie. Hope you like the story too.

Hugs, G

Peggy Jones said...

This was a fun challenge. The mountains always look good in altering. I love to paint mountains I usually make them purple.

Grandma Kc said...

Beautiful images! I am addicted to Photoshop - such fun!

Linda H said...

Wow- you really had fun, and got lots of great effects on your photos. I think my favorite is the night time sky effect. Isn't this Challenge fun?

Ruthi said...

Oh wow you did a great job in this challenge. all your photo treatment is amazing.

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

These are all amazing Diane - I really love what you've done especially the 'dusk' and 'nightime'.

Those mountains are beautiful - a great subject for editing!

hugs
Shane

Linda R said...

Looks like you have been having some fun with your photos. They look great. I do love playing with my photos as well...

I do hope you are having a happy weekend.

Hugs~

Ricki Treleaven said...

Your special effects are really cool! I miss some of the neat effects they had on Photobucket and took away....

I probably need to do the photo challenges for practice. I'm a carptastic photographer!

Art and Sand said...

I don't usually play with the texture of photos, but you make each photo looks so interesting. I must try a few of the technique.

Art and Sand said...

I don't usually play with the texture of photos, but you make each photo looks so interesting. I must try a few of the technique.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

This is a great series of edited photos! I love that nighttime sky one, I'm gonna go right now and look that one up and play!

Dawna Motz said...

Stopping by from the photo challenge,,,you did a great job of your editing. I use Picmonkey and find it alot of fun to see what I end up with. good Job!

Dawna Motz said...

Stopping by from the photo challenge,,,you did a great job of your editing. I use Picmonkey and find it alot of fun to see what I end up with. good Job!

Incipient Wings said...

these look great!!!

Crafy Lady said...

Morning from chilly Florida. I sure enjoy seeing all your adventures, some I haven't seen in awhile. Say, do you know how to make a button for my blog? I am not a puter gal much so was wondering.
Have a wonderful sunday.
Barbara
onecraftylady08

Lorrie said...

I can tell that you had a wonderful time playing with your photos. They turned out beautifully. I really like the nighttime effect. This was a very fun challenge, wasn't it?

Lorrie said...

I can tell that you had a wonderful time playing with your photos. They turned out beautifully. I really like the nighttime effect. This was a very fun challenge, wasn't it?

ClickNCamera said...

Love the night time shot and the pencil sketch! Great applications...enjoy your day!

Patty Antle said...

I love playing with photos too and use the same programs as you. I haven't used the pencil sketch though and will have to try it! Pretty landscapes you have there!