{158/365} – My First Texture (and boy is it UGLY)

I don’t know if I really have any interest in making my own textures, but when Kim throws a party, ya gotta go, right?  So, I’m taking her Art of Texture class, and learning her secrets, and there are plenty, let me tell you. 

Anyway, first I attempted making my own Photoshop brush set.  I gathered some leaves from my doorstep, and scanned them into Photoshop.  Then, I made brushes –


Yep, here they are – and I’d share them with you, but I don’t know how to make a zip file, and I don’t know where to store them – and I really don’t think anyone would want them, they’re not so good.  So, maybe as I get better, I’ll figure out the technical aspect of sharing, and when I move to the new blog, I’ll have a sharing area.  But for now, it’s all just practice.

And it’s a good thing it’s practice, because again, it’s not so good.

As in down right, bad, as in ugly.

Here’s my first texture (and, part of the reason why it is so terrible is because I waited too long to start this project, and there is no light in my house.  So, I photographed (see I got my photo of the day in!) my brick wall, and it was all fugged up with camera shake):


See my leaf brush – at least I go that right.

And here’s the texture on a butterfly – because nothing looks horrendous on a butterfly:

Here’s the before:


I actually like what it did to the color, but you can’t really see any texture.  But, because the texture itself is out of focus, I didn’t get to involved with it, or invest too much time finding an image that would be perfect for it – I just tried it out. 

It’s all a process, like anything else, and I’ll probably get better.

Or I won’t.


  • MarieElizabeth

    December 3, 2010 at 3:18 am

    I love these attempts – so creative and willing to go out on a limb. I’m still trying to use textures, I haven’t even tried making one. 🙂 Good job keep it up!

  • Flickr: newsgirl23

    December 3, 2010 at 3:22 am

    Beautiful! Amazing detail..

  • Flickr: Kim Klassen

    December 3, 2010 at 4:23 am

    well done Wendy!!

  • Flickr: Kim Klassen

    December 3, 2010 at 4:24 am

    you are too funny….and it’s not gosh darn ugly….. i’m thinking the rusty tones could add a cool effect to a landscape…making the trees etc pop?

  • Flickr: BeverlyAshGilbert

    December 3, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    Love these! Did you take photos, or scan the leaves?

  • Flickr: Wendy Ramos

    December 3, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    Thanks! I scanned the leaves, and then I turned them black and white.

  • Karli

    December 3, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    Oh, you’re right! What is did to the color is fantastic. I can see the texture over on the right in the bokeh-y area. It’s wonderful! I think making textures is right up your alley. Can’t wait to see more! 🙂

  • Jo Nelson

    December 3, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    Wendy – I didn’t take the class – I hope Kim offeres it next summer when I have more time. As for your attempt, I have no idea if it’s good or bad, but just like with anything else, you can’t start out perfect. Part of the fun and the challenge is to not be perfect but strive to be. By the time you are done with the class, let’s see what you can do. I have faith in you.

  • Monica

    December 4, 2010 at 12:53 am

    I think it looks great! I love what it does to the colour too. A nice richness to an already lovely photo.
    Wow! Thanks for posting this – now I have to try playing more with textures

  • Flickr: Debbie Prediger Photog

    December 4, 2010 at 2:02 am

    great job. opens up many possibilities.

  • Flickr: Debbie Prediger Photog

    December 4, 2010 at 2:02 am


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