Welcome! I'm Melissa Gross, a dynamic and interactive teacher and speaker called to lead and encourage Christian women in their walk with the Lord through classes, workshops and retreats incorporating Bible study, devotionals, illustrated Bible journaling, paper crafting and mixed media projects that merge faith and art bringing God’s Word to life so you can find renewed excitement to dive into the Word, use your creative gifts, and apply the Truth as you draw closer to the Lord and serve Him in your everyday life. This site is where I share my everyday adventures, Bible Journaling pages, scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and other crafty projects, as well as information on my upcoming workshops and events. I also post photos, ramble about books I'm reading, stuff I'm organizing, and other FUN bits & pieces of my wonderful life.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Textures!

Have you discovered the use of textues in Photoshop Elements? I've seen photos on other blogs where textures have been used to change/improve the look of a photo, but I really haven't played around with them until this past week. Kim Klassen provided several free textures and tutorials in her free Photoshop Skinny Mini eCourse, and I have had a blast trying them out with different blending modes and adjustment layers.

These before and after photos show the effects of my efforts. I actually tried several different textures  on this photo of my swing and settled on one from Jessica Sprague (the only one in my digital supply "stash" before the Skinny Mini e-course).


I had a blast cropping and changing the look of these roses. I used the greyday vintage and the februarymagic textures from the eCourse. I think it makes the photo look like a painting.



And lastly, my favorite - I took this photo back in March. This is the first church I remember attending as a toddler and pre-schooler. I took this photo thinking I might use it on a scrapbook page about the beginning of my faith. I absolutely love the way the Paper Stained Light texture makes this photo look! Now, if I can find time, maybe I can at least write the journaling about it for Sian's upcoming Storytelling Sunday.

I am definitely going to be using textures more on my photos. Kim Klassen offers free textures when you sign up for her Texture Lovin' List, which I promptly did and have already added several more textures to my "stash."

8 comments:

Trish said...

Lovely examples of using textures, especially the one of the church.

Cheri said...

Really love the last one Melissa - actually makes it look like the photo could have been taken when you were a toddler!

Ellyn said...

those are awesome!

Alison said...

I love what you've done with these Melissa, and agree with Cheri about the last one!
Alison xx

alexa said...

Glad you are having fun with the textures! It can be quite addictive ..

Sian said...

I'm seeing all the fantastic results you are all having with these textures (that last one is so evocative) and I'm thinking I need to give this a go!

Rebekah said...

Wow, how absolutely fun and stunning. Can't wait until she offers this again, I missed it this time!

Karen said...

Nice! I love Kim's textures, and I especially like the effect of them on your last photo.