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Tea-Stained Textured Tulips

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Hello my friends,

Happiest Sunday!  How was your weekend?  I hope lovely!

I'm truly missing the sunshine these days.  'sigh'....feeling a little uninspired. 

But I'm here now with your Friday texture....Hubby had some left over tea sitting on his bed table.... So, I let it 'age' then put it to work. :)

I also used the texture 'mona' from The Studio Collection. I really LOVE it.... and it worked fabulously with today's freebie... 'chamomile'.


I thought I would share the recipe for today's image. So here it goes.

Duplicated the background, and sharpened the image using the high pass filter method.

Added cooling filter 80 at soft light reduced the opacity to 42%

Added 2 layers of Mona texture from the studio collection. The first layer was soft light blend mode at 67% opacity and the second layer was multiply blend mode at 67%.  I added a layer mask and removed the texture from the tulips using a 50% opacity brush.

Added 2 layers of chamomile texture. The first layer was soft light at 100% opacity and the second layer was multiply at 20% opacity. Again I removed the texture from the tulips using a 50% opacity brush.

Added a hue/sat adjusment layer and reduced the overall saturation, as well as the yellows.  

And finally I added a gradient vignette at 50% soft light.

Texture lovin' listers, your link is on it's way.  If you are not on my list, feel free to sign up HERE and start receiving freebies, right away.

I'm over at the lovely site, Vision and Verb today. If you have a moment come say Hi. :) I'd love to see you there.  If you have yet to visit V&V... you must.  It's truly inspiring!

Just a few notes:



Thanks bunches.... here's to a fabulous week ahead....


p.s. I love seeing what you all create with my textures.  Please feel free to share your links in the comments. It's always a treat to see the textures at work. :)


Reader Comments (30)

Perfectly simple..exquisite beauty!
March 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarcie
gorgeous, Kim! as always... happy spring!
March 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkelly
thanks for the recipe sometimes people say I added texture but don't go into enough detail to fully understand it
March 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlaura
Beautifully done Kim. Thanks for the recipe. I will double the textures with the different blend modes more often.
Thank you! Another lovely texture!
March 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterroseb
LOVE *love this!
March 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLorraine Lewis

You are the best! Thanks so much for the pretty texture. I hope your days will soon be filled with sunshine and flowers!
March 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercharlotte wilson
I love this one!
March 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie Kiefer
Kim, such a lovely capture! I can't wait for tulips.
March 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteranna
Thanks...very nice effect. Love it!
March 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKathi
Gorgeous always. love it...xo
happy weekend. the before shot of the tulips are even so wonderful! i love too how the texture gave it a whole different look =)
Such a wonderful texture and your photo is beautiful.

I used it here along with your 'softly' texture from your amazing studio collection:

I reduced the opacity on both quite a bit; haven't quite figured out how to duplicate the background the way you do with your photos, but I do plan to take at least your skinny mini course and, likely, your essentials course when I feel like I have time to devote to it :)
March 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBonnie
Thank you Kim, love trying this.
March 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara
Gorgeous! I love the tones of this one! Thank you so very, very much!
March 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMari
Hi Kim, just a query ... as a relatively new subscriber to your emails, is it possible to access past freebie textures?
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAdrienne
I like the processed photo the best... more soft than with the plain background
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChantal
Thanks for another lovely texture - can't wait for tulip time to try it!
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterfotogran
Great edit! I will go on and use your texture. Will let you know how it turnes out. :)
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMira
I'm thinking you could photograph a door knob and make it turn out fabulous!
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGale Wall
A wonderful texture, Kim. Thank you so much for sharing. I used it in the image I just posted on flickr.
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne/SLEEC Photos
Thanks Kim. It's a beauty!
Do you plan to offer The Textures class again any time in the near future? I am using CS3 but I would love to take it next time around !
Thanks for your work and for sharing so much of your knowledge.
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarie Z. Johansen
Thank you Kim, another great texture and a beautiful photo.
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSue McB
Thank you AGAIN Kim for another fantastic texture - I LOVE this one!!! Already gave it a go:

Have a great week! :)
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjulie
very, very nice. I love it!
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRachael
So glad I found your site recently. Used 3 textures today.

Thank you!
March 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGale Wall
Kim ~
I am taking the skinny mini course and LOVE it so far ~ I am going to be signing up for more courses too ~
I wanted to blog today about you and wondered if there are a couple of before and after photos that I could put on my blog that you have done ~

Thank you so much !!
March 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLori
Thanks for another gorgeous texture, dear Kim! :)
We tried it on one of our Italian photos:
Have a lovely April ahead, hugs!
March 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKia & Zeno
I have used your texture '"Chamomile" and you can view the final image at

Thank you Kim - my first attempt at applying textures.
April 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBarb
Beautiful and I love the texture. Thanks for the recipe. I'm going to give it a try. xoxo
May 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl

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