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Friday
Aug272010

Photoshop ~ Extreme Grunge Texture Tutorial - the Prairie eDition

Hey there, my sweet friends.  Friday has arrived!!  And can I just say that this has been a pretty wonderful week?

How was your week?  I hope you found some simple blessings in each day. After all, I think it's the simple things that give us the greatest joy!

My week began with a Sunday evening drive around our beautiful prairies with my husband.
It was the first drive we have taken without Andy.  I just couldn't bring myself to go without my sweet navigator.... But I took a deep breath and off we went.
I have to say it was really hard.  It's honestly like a part of me was/is missing. 
Andy loved our photo excursions so much!  Because Andy insisted on being up close and personal I would give him the front seat.  John would drive, Andy was the navigator and I sat in the back with my camera gear.
I know it may sound crazy, but he was such a gift in my life.  The front seat made him happy.... so it made me happy to sit in the back and see 2 of my favorite fellas steering the ship.

Love to you Andy boy.... miss you so much.....


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Today I thought I would share a little textured eDition of our beautiful prairies.

And it's Friday!!  So list members, you know what that means...
a freebie texture is coming to your inbox in just a few.
If you aren't on my texture lovin' list, you can sign up here
Once you sign up, I will zap you today's texture right away.

It's also Day 5 of the Recipe Sharing week.
I thought I'd end our week with an extreme grunge textured eDition.

Before I share my recipe, check out today's texture.

I call it 'EXTREME GRUNGE'.... :)

Here's another little piece of the prairies.  An old grain elevator in a tiny town not too far from us.  If you look close you can see the town name, Bradwardine, on the elevator.
Now for the recipe.
I applied the same steps to both of these images. 
Oh and I must tell you, it was a little too bright at the time I took these pics...and I was having a heck of time reading my camera settings because of that...
So the results were some not soooo great images.
Thank goodness for the magic of photoshop!
Let's get started.
Day 5 Extreme Texture Tutorial
Layer 1
Duplicated the background layer and changed the blending mode to soft light 100% opacity.  This can be a wondrous first step in boosting your photos.  And it's super simple!!
Layer 2
To boost the fabulous red in the barn and the elevator I added a hue/saturation adjustment layer and bumped up the saturation to +14.  I didn't have to remove any of the adjustment.  It seem to give the images an all around boost.  Of course you can always utilitze the layer mask and remove it from areas of the photo that may be over saturated.
Layer 3
I wanted to warm up the grass and give it a slightly golden hue.  So I applied a color balance adjustment layer and adjusted settings to 0, -59 and 0.  I then used a black soft round brush set to 65% opacity and removed the adjustment from the barn.
Layers 4 & 5
Time for the texture I so lovingly call 'extreme'.  I set the blending mode to Multiply and adjusted the opacity to 72%.  I removed a bit of the texture from the barn using a layer mask.  In Elements you would use your eraser tool.
I then duplicated the texture layer and changed the blending mode to soft light at 50% opacity.
And that my friends is that! 
Be sure to mouse over to see the before image.  It's quite the transformation. 
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Thanks so much for all the sweet comments and recipe enthusiasm!
I have some fab news to share next week. I think the recipe lovers are going to be quite excited!

Oh, did you have a chance to comment on yesterday's posting
I'm giving away The inspiration Stay-cation eBook to 3 lucky commenters. 
Check it out.  The eBook is packed full of juicy creative inspiration!
Before I sign off, I have to tell you a fabulous tidbit from my week.
I'm a new contributor to the fantastic eZine, The Daily Brainstorm!! 
I fell in love with the site a few weeks ago!  In fact it's been my home page since the day I stumbled upon it.  They share the best of the best stuff online.  Anyhow, I'm humbled to have the café featured in this amazing publication.  And I'm over the moon excited to say my first two postings have been featured on the front page!  wooot, woooot!  :)  Thanks you Daily Brainstorm!! You are AWESOME.
If you have a minute, pop over and check it out.  It's full of GOOD stuff!
Talk soon my friends... xxo,


 
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Reader Comments (20)

happy friday kim and i love ezine too! ♥ love this new tutorial =)

August 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterblue elephant photography

Nice texture...love the grungy ones. ;-) Thanks for sharing your recipes this week. Have a great weekend.

August 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristine Edwards

How lovely! The texture is grand and I love what it did on the grain elevator photo. I'm working currently on a rural farm buildings series so I'll maybe try this texture out on one of those photos and then add it to your group.

August 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterangelandspot

love this grungey texture. happy weekend to you.

August 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBella

love
love
this one!
XO

August 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

ps: waving to andy~ toward the blue sky.
XO

August 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

Congratulations on the Daily Brainstorm! Richly deserved, my sweet friend.

That first photo trip out without Andy must have been so hard. You are a strong woman! xoxo Gigi

August 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGigi

Hi Kim, I love your blog and the inspiration studio too. Nice to *meet* you :)

I found a beagle once years back (he was running around in the street without a collar and ticks all over his body) and took him home and cleaned him up and he looked exactly like yours and I named him Andy.

August 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLori

And, sorry for your loss. I can relate to that too...

August 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLori

LOVE this texture! And LOVE these pics!! Thank you Kim!!!

August 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSue

I a really enjoying the tutorials, thank you. There is always something new to learn, and I love that about life. Today, over on my blog, I have a photo of mixed flowers that I processed using the technique you taught in the tutorial with the soft sweet dresses (love that picture by the way). Please come take a look.

August 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGilding Lilies

so great to share your textures, photoshop recipes, talent!

Fun stuff. Love it!
Beth

August 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbeth sparkman

A huge congrats on the ezine! How lucky they are to have you

August 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

We've had something in common missing our departed little pet friends this week. I have a fresh ache from missing my kitty.....and I don't know why it's so acute this week, that was April 20, but the fact remains, it is. I know how you feel. Lovely work, Kim. As always. Julie

August 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJulie A. Brown

i don't think your story about andy up front is strange at all...in fact, i call that love.

August 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbeth

((hugs)) for you. i know about the missing

more hugs to you too

August 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChar

Kim, I've enjoyed your generous gift of sharing and teaching us how to improve our photographs this week. I've got a barn photo that I'm excited to try out the extreme grunge on. Also, sorry for your loss. It sounds like Andy was a wonderful member of your family.

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

Andy really was so much a part of your everyday life, what a sweet friend to have had. I love that shot of him, so so sweet. *hugs*
I’m lovin this grunge texture, couldn’t wait to try it out, blogged it http://cottage960.blogspot.com/2010/08/grunge-barn-recipe.html" rel="nofollow">here
I totally love the recipes you share! Can’t wait for the surprise!
Yay for you & contributing to the Daily Brainstorm. I’m not surprised, really, whatever you put out there comes back to you. And you send so much goodness out there, it’s bound to return to you in so many ways.
♥ maureen

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen @ Cottage 960

I just found your blog from Urban Muser! What a delight! I love textures!!!!

August 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKristy Life-n-Reflection
Im holding my little dog as I read your post...I still miss my first love but it will get better, promise! Your recipes are wonderful and I can't wait to try. Your photos are awesome, thanks for sharing!
September 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSuz

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