Category: Digital Textures

Digital Gallery Headers

Digital Gallery Headers

A few years ago I started creating digital backgrounds and selling them via Etsy.

Last year I expanded on that and created some digital frame galleries. These are Website or Social Media Header images that look like picture galleries.

They are supplied as transparent pngs, so look walls with frames that have holes in them. In effect, they are!

This example shows a colour fabric style wall with wood frames.

Using a photo edit package, you can scale and position your photos under the frame layer. Then crop to the required size for your header.

To ultimately create a fully header image for use on your website, or social media platform.

You can then get creative. In this example I’ve extended the sides and added text in the brick areas.

I’ve used some on my website. Here is a banner used in my maternity section.

Here is one used on my blog

Because they are not supplied in a narrow ratio, but 6 x 4 and a big 6000 x 4000 pixels, they can also be used as a computer desktop wallpaper.

And I’ve even used one in the link below. Please visit that page to see all my textures and frame and access my Etsy shop LeoPhotography.

Digital Backgrounds

Digital Backgrounds

Last year I created a lot of digital backgrounds (which are available to buy) that can be used to add texture to a plain background in a portrait photo.

For example, the photo below shows the portrait, taken again against a plain white background and processed in Lightroom. I have then added a digital texture overlay in Photoshop and blended into the background area. Move the slider to see the result.

As you can see, it adds a little interest to the back and make it look as if it is taken against material and a texture.

I have also been creating some smoke overlays. These really add atmosphere to the photos and can give some dramatic results.


It can even be made to look like fire.


Digital backgrounds can even be used to make photos look old and as with the next photos, like a painting on textured paper.


You can see more examples of this in my Textures Gallery below or buy them from my Etsy shop, or use the links in the blogs sidebar.

Digital Textures

Digital Textures

Since moving house and living nearer the coast and moors, I have been inspired to start taking images for use as digital textures.

I have then also been using some of these images to add into my own portrait photos to give the background a bit of detail or even adding them to some of my landscape photos.

In this image I added a textured background (tm 1860) which was actually a photo of a piece of road.

When you start photographing textures and start looking at patterns it gets quite addictive and you end up finding textures in everything. I’ve photographed pavements, wood, sand and interesting granite rocks. These texture were taken on the beach.

One of them created a great background for this image.

I’ve found some great granite rocks too.

These have then enabled me to create these 2 images.

The first works really well as an old style image, using 2 textures and the second and just made the photo have an interesting feel to it.

Other texture packs are

Rough Granite v3

Sand

Beach Rocks v3

Render

Concrete v3

and more…

So if you are a portrait photographer, landscape photographer or even a crafts person, please take a look at my Etsy shop to view my range of textures, where you can them buy them if you like them.

Digital Textures Packs via Etsy

Free Texture No1

Free Texture No1

As I mentioned and promised recently I am giving away one of my new textures for free and all I ask in return, is for you to like my Facebook page.

Facebook.com/LeeOrchardPhotography

So, my first free texture is this one. It is of view old stonework. The file is a jpg image, 5000px across the long edge @ 300dpi and is profiled to AdobeRGB. Oh and it is a 10mb file.

It is free to download and use as you like for personal and commercial use. If you would like to link back to me via Twitter (@LeoPhotography) Instagram (@LeoPhotographyUK) or Facebook (@LeeOrchardPhotography), that is much appreciated, but not required.


Click the thumbnail to open the file.

Once the image has opened, you can save it to your computer using the save option on right mouse click menu.

Here is an image I have created using it.

I hope you like my first texture giveaway and I hope to see some of your creations using it.