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Stunning Textures

posted by ugaldew, May 24, 2006 5:47 AM — 70 comments

HI SXCers and guests , In this visual- tutorial we will learn the easy technique of getting stunning textures in your images , the process is a variation of my previous Professional Retouching tutorial and even when the process is very very easy ( 4 minute edition) the results can turn an ordinary pic into a forget me not scene , for this tutorial you will need Photoshop and do not worry if you are a PS newbie it is quite easy .. so lets get started !


This is the effect we want to get in this practice





Original







Download this practice's PSD file (0.7MB)








I will use Fall2 by Gorkola at SXC

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>> Step 1
Open and Duplicate Layer

Open Fall 2 image and duplicate the background layer ( layer/duplicate layer ) or left click in background layer and duplicate






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>> Step 2
Apply Gaussian Blur

Select the duplicated layer (background copy ) and add “Gaussian Blur” (filter / blur / Gaussian blur )






It hast to look rather blurry similar to the example , but don’t worry too much about this step you can add more blur at any moment of the process








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>> Step 3
Reduce Layer's Opacity

Set the layer’s opacity value to 50%. (layers / layer style / blending options ) slide to 50% the opacity slider in the top of the layer palette.

The opacity can go from 30% to 60% it will determine how soft the pic will be








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>> Step 4
Add Mask sharpen items

So far we have achieved to get the softness and most part of the process is done , but there may be some items that look rather blurry and a bit of sharpening will make it look more real . For this (fall 2) image I will mask some branches and the bench

Add a mask in the layer we have been working into (Background Copy)






Set the soft brush tool with at least 50 % of opacity and black color and then brush the details you want to sharpen (bench , leaves, branches etc)








And we are done !!! So far the picture has to look like this




In contrast with the original




Original






So that was all !!!




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>> EXTRA Step
Add a hue/saturation adjustment layer


I want to add some funky tones to the scene , so I’m going to add a hue/saturation adjustment layer. So lets go to the layers palette and click the (adjustment layer button) the black and white circle at the bottom and then click hue/saturation in the pop up menu






Then play a bit with the hue and we are done !!





This is are the tones I liked









I hope you have found this tutorial useful , and that you have enjoyed as much as I did writing it , please feel free to ask anything or write an email to ugaldew@yahoo.com if you have more doubts or comments about this tutorial


Miguel Ugalde Ugaldew





Here are some examples








For this example I added some more adjustments layers

You can download this example's PSD file


Example 2













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1. posted by deepcat, May 24, 2006 3:06 PM

very well done and useful ! thx


2. posted by rrss, May 24, 2006 11:22 PM

Stunning examples. I'm of to try. Spot on. :)


3. posted by slonecker, May 25, 2006 12:21 AM

Excellent explanation...


4. posted by christgr, May 25, 2006 11:45 AM

thanks!


5. posted by hilaryaq, May 28, 2006 6:05 PM

Very nice, thanks!


6. posted by mmilojko, May 29, 2006 12:11 AM

Great! I Like It.


7. posted by Jeanicious, May 31, 2006 2:30 PM

Nice and simple way to upgrade photos. I tried it on some, and they turned out quite nice.


8. posted by -virginia-, Jun 1, 2006 12:56 PM

Simple way to make great photos even more stunning. Thank you for the post. :)


9. posted by abeall, Jun 8, 2006 3:00 AM

The "bloom" effect. I love it. Easy to overdue, though, IMO.

:-)


10. posted by prezesss, Jul 14, 2006 6:10 PM

JEEE:) NICE


11. posted by designby7, Jul 15, 2006 12:23 PM

This makes me want to go back and try it on some of my older photos


12. posted by anjusnav, Jul 15, 2006 2:55 PM

This is very useful to us

tks


13. posted by vjtom, Aug 9, 2006 4:15 AM

thanyks this pictures beautifull..... Color, and blur...cool :D


14. posted by cro_digi, Aug 9, 2006 8:01 PM

great! tnx ;)


15. posted by photos71, Aug 12, 2006 2:48 AM

Wow! I will practice this technique... thanks!!!


16. posted by kalimero77, Aug 29, 2006 1:33 PM

thats what i alwys was looking for! thanks


17. posted by maraba, Sep 3, 2006 8:38 AM

Thank you ungaldew.


18. posted by nimbuz, Sep 5, 2006 5:55 PM

Awesome! Great great tutorial!


19. posted by dtlstudio, Sep 14, 2006 1:28 PM

Its really great to see and work on the pictures. These tutorials are very helpful.

Thanks a lot .


20. posted by silent_2_h, Sep 17, 2006 10:59 AM

it's very useful effect! thank you very much!!!....


21. posted by majkell, Sep 20, 2006 2:44 PM

super ! Dzi?ki wielkie !
-----------------------
Superb ! Big THX !


22. posted by ccminter, Sep 20, 2006 4:47 PM

GREAT! I've been looking for a way to do this!


23. posted by chlcl, Sep 25, 2006 8:12 AM

Great Help tx


24. posted by Kurapica, Sep 28, 2006 5:11 PM

very wonderful!


25. posted by -Axel-, Sep 30, 2006 7:45 AM

Muy bueno ^^


26. posted by suhail7, Oct 2, 2006 3:05 AM

booming! my best salam to you! ^_^


27. posted by cr55, Oct 19, 2006 12:02 AM

Excellent results and easy to follow, thanks.


28. posted by beetlewing, Oct 22, 2006 4:21 AM

good stuff =)

..i do something similar to this, but i use:

1. duplicate layer
2. screen top layer
3. gaussin blur top layer to desired effect (i think i usually use a setting of 2-4... can't remember right now)

note: this way tends to add an exposure change to the picture


29. posted by beetlewing, Oct 22, 2006 4:23 AM

forgot to mention in my comment that you can also control the effect by adjusting the transparency of the screened layer (top)

=)


30. posted by eyespywith, Oct 27, 2006 3:09 PM

awesome loving your work


31. posted by mongogoran, Nov 2, 2006 4:53 PM

Very nice! thank you!


32. posted by ctrigger, Nov 10, 2006 2:11 PM

Awesome! Clear, concise, simple, and really quite stunning.


33. posted by glenfin, Dec 1, 2006 5:05 PM

Wonderful effects to the scene.
Easy to follow tutorial. Thanks,
Glenda


34. posted by xoxo007, Dec 1, 2006 11:20 PM

OMG.. i´ve been waiting for a tuto like this one.. Great job!!!


35. posted by bkk9qkc, Dec 3, 2006 3:40 PM

It s very easy and very good job!Thanks your teaching


36. posted by lingyew, Dec 13, 2006 7:48 PM

Love this tutorial. Very easy to follow. Thanks heaps.


37. posted by namone_, Dec 16, 2006 4:31 PM

Thank you so much, very useful!


38. posted by prone, Jan 2, 2007 12:06 PM

a great tutorial!
easy to follow and very useful!

thanx :-)


39. posted by bykaty, Jan 27, 2007 2:40 AM

Love this tutorial.

Thank you so much!!!


40. posted by visay, Feb 6, 2007 12:00 PM

keep going on!!! i really love all your tutorial, ugaldew.


41. posted by visay, Feb 6, 2007 12:00 PM

keep going on!!! i really love all your tutorial, ugaldew.


42. posted by neonissima, Feb 9, 2007 1:27 PM

nice! Maybe I'll try it.


43. posted by neonissima, Feb 9, 2007 1:31 PM

That was a bit understated. I love it!


44. posted by anum, Mar 1, 2007 9:51 PM

thank you, I learned A LOT!


45. posted by pikolo1983, Mar 3, 2007 11:05 AM

thats awesome


46. posted by gokercy61, Mar 9, 2007 10:12 PM

That's really awesome, I loved to use it! I have already been using Gaussian Blur with Soft Light Layer but this is much better than it! Thanks.


47. posted by nadoiz, Mar 16, 2007 1:41 AM

I was looking for this long time, nice work thx!


48. posted by Jsticker, Apr 10, 2007 1:24 AM

Great, thanks!


49. posted by mafdet, May 27, 2007 6:27 PM

Great tutorial, many thanks.


50. posted by valwiens, Jun 7, 2007 11:29 PM

Wow, so easy! Thanks.


51. posted by pinaffo, Jul 20, 2007 1:48 AM

wow!!!
wow
wow!!!!


52. posted by don2007, Aug 30, 2007 9:57 AM

excellent because its easy and effective!

in other word its

GHAKKAS!


53. posted by Essiexxx, Sep 13, 2007 11:37 AM

Cool!


54. posted by sxchuman, Sep 20, 2007 2:08 PM

Thank you so much, very useful!


55. posted by eggcustard, Oct 12, 2007 12:23 PM

Nice Images and technique... simple but very affective!
Like the colours too.


56. posted by AjjiBan, Dec 11, 2007 9:46 PM

Gorgeous~ @ o@
I really love this tutorial~ lovely!


57. posted by massimo22, Dec 15, 2007 3:07 AM

I think I found my favorite tutorial !! Makes the pictures stand out. Great instructions too. Thanks


58. posted by recabron, Dec 15, 2007 7:39 PM

Thanx for this lesson, aprecciate your work.


59. posted by 3dsmaxguru, Dec 31, 2007 10:03 PM

Simple AND effective! Nice!
thank you!


60. posted by rmcaq82, Feb 28, 2008 6:06 PM

Great work!
Tanks for the lesson!
Real fun!


61. posted by dinobe, Mar 10, 2008 3:08 AM

stunning effect! thank you!


62. posted by Junior7, Mar 10, 2008 5:01 AM

Great Job ^^


63. posted by fehimeren, Apr 5, 2008 12:47 PM

good
i can do for film editing
or
people tewaeker effect


64. posted by surfchik, Jun 13, 2008 7:11 PM

NICE! and quite simple! Thanks.


65. posted by anna_gaby, Dec 17, 2008 8:19 PM

Facil y bonito.
Muy Bien!


66. posted by rrskiran, Mar 25, 2009 11:54 AM

good tutorial


67. posted by frndd, Aug 27, 2009 9:48 AM

nice..good tutorial..


68. posted by boymc, Oct 17, 2009 10:36 AM

nice screen
good tutorial..


69. posted by escan, Aug 20, 2010 3:00 PM

Thanks much for tut:)


70. posted by trainer2, May 31, 2013 9:13 AM

It helped me!!! thanks!

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