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Taming Wild Textures

I like to give you a lot of options with textures, so I usually provide them with lots of detail and color. Remember though that they don’t have to be used that way.

Here’s a quick example of using the texture, Dawning from the Solstice collection that is pretty exuberant! Now, this may work perfectly for your project, then again, you might think, Ack!

Solstice fine art texture

This texture placed as is is rather intense!

 

You can gentle textures for your use. Here, the same texture is enlarged to eliminate the rough borders, the opacity is lowered and it’s combined with a white painterly texture from the Tableaux collection.

Image using a fine art texture

The same texture cropped, and combined with another texture.

 

You can go even more subtle by masking out more of the “wild” texture to reveal the more neutral texture.

taming wild textures

Here, the wilder texture is masked more to reveal the more neutral 2nd texture.

 

Remember, those “wild” textures present opportunities to add lovely, custom, visual interest to your image.

Resources

Solstice Texture collection

Tableaux texture collection

2 Responses to Taming Wild Textures

  1. Viktoria June 21, 2014 at 3:57 pm #

    thank you for the great tutorial. I have both Tableaux and Solstice collections. I bought them recently because I admire the highly artistic and sophisticated look of their. I haven’t try using them yet, so this tutorial is a great idea for me to use with the rough borders, or to eliminate them; and also combining them together, and “those “wild” textures present opportunities to add lovely, custom, visual interest to your image.”
    However, I couldn’t find a white painterly texture from the Tableaux collection. Which one of the Tableaux light tones was used for this project?

    • Leslie Nicole July 10, 2014 at 11:58 am #

      Hi Viktoria, I used the texture, Crème Fraîche from the Tableaux collection, which is mostly white.

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