What next? Oh, yeah! I found a website, Photoshop Tutorials, that is so awesome, I consider it a cut above the rest. Maybe, their topics are just more my style, I dunno, but, there is a lot of good things here and I found all of it to my liking. Don’t let the title, ‘Tutorials’ mislead. They do have those. Theirs are for images/techniques I would actually want to do. LOL Some of the manipulations on this site are nice. I would sit down and follow them and maybe even use the techniques again on some of my own stuff. I liked this one:
(Click on image to go to this tutorial)
Photoshop tutorials, in general, are great for learning the program. If you have never done one, by all means, find one you like and go to it. I’ve had plenty of “a-ha!” moments while doing a tutorial and learning something new. Some are easy to understand, ‘holding your hand’ all the way through, while others may leave you scratching your head. It helps, too, if there is still someone around to answer any questions. I’ve met some darned nice people by asking questions or commenting on posts or articles I come across.
Getting back to this website, though, there is not a whole lot of content, but, all that is there is usable stuff. There are some textures, but, not one-of-every-color-under-the-sun, so much. There are several packs and assorted others. The brush list is only three pages, but, I can use 99% of them and they are good quality. There is just a lot more at this site that I, personally, can use and like. For that reason, I like it a lot. Give PhotoshopTutorials.ws a visit. You’ll enjoy it.
Next, I want to tell you about Creativity103 website. This one is definitely worth signing up to get. If I recall, it took about a day to get the link to activate, but, it was worth the wait. There are the best collections of images I’ve seen in one place. They present some very nice collections as a ‘pack’ which can be downloaded as a zip. Or, you can download just the images you like from their gallery. There’s more in the gallery than in the packs, so, there are quite a few images. The layout of the site makes it easy to navigate around. The quality of the images is just great! Here is an example of one of the ‘packs’ they offer:
I’m going to wrap it all up with this Flick’r group, “Textures 4 Layers”. I wouldn’t normally share a group with you all. They require a membership that involves contributing and participation. I try to stick with the sites that you can stop in, bookmark, if desired, and peruse, hopefully, coming away with some awesome goodies that are free and legal to use with little or no attribution. LOL Those are my guidelines for staying on with a website. But, this group does do some really nice textures. I joined the group to enjoy the challenges. There are some really good artists there! The collection of textures, though, is extremely nice and can be used commercially or personally, with varying terms of attribution, depending on the artist. Most just want you to credit their name. Rather than try to show you a sampling of their textures, I want to share with you the image I did for one of the recent challenges there.
The clock image was the ‘starting’ image, then, we were to add any of the textures from the group pool to come up with our interpretation of the clocks. There is a format to use to give credit to the artist(s) whose textures you’ve used, but, I found that part good. It helped show me an easy way to keep up with the images I use. I actually learned quite a bit on copyright and attribution from this group. You really ought to go check out what they offer. They have some really good textures for you.
Whew! LOL That’s going to be it for a little while. I have more and I am always on the lookout for more and interesting links to share. I want to remind everyone that the ‘second part’ of my collaborative kit with Miss Edna, “Miss Edie”, was posted Monday. That leaves one part left to go, next Monday. When you are done, you’ll have a beautiful kit. The inspiration for the kit was Miss Edna’s friend and SIL, Edie. Such an sweet thing to celebrate a friendship with a kit! So, it was made with friendship in mind. There is all kinds of pretty things in it. Here are our previews. (Images are linked to the posts that have the downloads):
Miss Edna’s Place
The link for this second part is at the very end of Edna’s post. She has just recently lost her brother. In fact, today is his funeral. She just wasn’t with it that day. Excuse her if you will, but, she got the link posted. Bless her heart.
I’m leaving you with a little set of textures that I did for the Flickr group. I added an overlay of grungey edges, too. You get them first here! LOL
(Click on the image to go to MediaFire for download)
Well, are you still with me? LOL That was rather lengthy, but, I’ve been wanting to get to this list for a long time. Things don’t always go as planned, though, do they? I’m going to close with a couple of photos of the contributing “plan-breakers”, the g-kids. LOL
Always up-side down!
Notice nothing else is blurry except Kaleb. LOL He is a perpetual motion machine these days!
Kaleb was cuddling with the big stuffed doggy.
I will see you next time – Monday, for sure. Edna and I have already completed another present for you all. You’ll know about it soon. I almost forgot, too, on November 1, the new Gothic Inspirations Blog Train leaves the station. November’s theme is “Horror Whorez”. LOL I have a contribution for it. Actually, so does Edna! So, be sure to come by to collect my part and then, go visit all the other designers, too.
I want to share a couple of things with you all. The first is the most recent challenge entry for Digital Whisper that I did. A dear lady, and an incredible artist, herself, by the name of Barbara Moustafa, hosted this one and she asked that we have a look at the art of Maggie Taylor. Wow! If you haven’t seen or heard of Maggie’s art, go see her website. You’ll be hooked, like I was. It turns out, too, that Maggie lives here in my home town! Small world, eh? LOL
There is also a really interesting .PDF article on Maggie, here:
Here is my piece that I did for the challenge:
(Click on the image to enlarge for a closer view.)
Then, there is this one, from another challenge at DW, the ‘Digital Challenge’. The image of the stairs was our starting image. All credits are below post.
(Click on image to enlarge for closer view)
See what I mean about the ghost? LOL
A few weeks back, I said I was going to post a pic of my grandson, Kaleb. He’s almost walking! Any minute now! LOL He’s that close! Here he is at Jaela-Boo’s(granddaughter) birthday party: Can you tell he was having a moment? LOL
This image is deceiving; he usually has a great big smile on his face! LOL
I’m going to stop here so I can get this posted, but, I will finish with some links and add them in another post. Check back tomorrow if you want to read about some of the great spots on the web that I have found.
Until then, do have a nice afternoon, everyone.
As usual, keep on
Art Pieces Resources:
Maggie Taylor piece –
Background – anaRasha
Figures – Far Far Hill
Staircase piece –
Staircase – Jascha Hoste of Netherlands.
Roses – Bloodware by Jaguarwoman
Blood Drips – Glossy Blood Splatter by D. Tang
Spirit Image – “Ghastly Ghost” by Creative Intentionz
Handgun – hobbytron.com