Thursday, February 25, 2010

Playing with textures...




Hello!  I'm back...my computer died on me and I finally had to face the fact that I was going to have to buy a new one...it's not that my old laptop was ancient or anything, I just bought it last July, but it's been a "lemon" ever since I got it.  Good riddens!!!  So now that I have a working computer again, I'm back to trying to tackle Photoshop!  All I can say is, if I didn't have the help of my uber talented photography friend Traci, I would NEVER...let me say that again...NEVER be able to use Photoshop!!! It's tough!  I have a long way to go before I know what I'm doing, but here's a few photos I altered with textures...




{carnations in vintage teacups from my home}





{a "carte postale" overlay on a photo from Halen's room...this one is fun to play around with}



{adding an old polaroid effect to one of the photos from the berry picking excursion from last Fall}





Enjoy your weekend...hope you find a little time to create!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Tracey

91 comments:

Dreamy Whites said...

Dear Tracey,
I LOVE what you did to your photographs. BEAUTIFUL! I can't wait to get photoshop, won't be getting it until this summer. YOU are so Talented. I LOVED your pictures before photoshop! It is really neat to see what you can do to them. I love all the different effects that you did! Thanks for sharing your talents with us
Take Care,
Maria

Sweet Old Vintage said...

Oh I love the bedroom... neat...

Melanie said...

Beautiful! You are so brave. I attempted photoshop and after the 30 day trail I was so confused.. I didn't bother to purchase it...Yet! I am hoping to figure it out when I get my new camera{whenever that may be}. I seem to be having the same problem with my camera that you have had with your computer! It would probably help if I knew how to take a good picture!;)

BTW.. I am now a follower!! Love your style!!!!

Melanie

Ticking and Toile said...

Hi Tracey,
FAB! so happy you're back...love all your posts!

Shellagh

Fifi Flowers said...

BEAUTIFUL post!

FEDERICA said...

Tracey your photography is stunning! I love all the effects you used on these pics. I have photoshop too but I really don't know how to use it!!!!! And nobody explain me how....could you give me some tips? How do you create these amazing effects?
Hugs from Italy,
Federica.

paige said...

amazing!!
so perfectly beautiful
now, could you AND traci give the rest of us a little inservice? :)

Shawn Seay said...

I love the one of Halen's room!! I haven't tried photoshop. You are making me curious.
Have a fabulous day!!!
Blessings,
Shawn

traci said...

i met some girlfriends for lunch today and couldn't wait to get home and come visit you to see if you had any new pictures up. YEAH!!! they look awesome. are the first few from florabella. they are a perfect fit for your style. i might need to invest. i love the one of halena's room perfect. the possibilites are endless now.

Morning T said...

Very cool Tracey- I especially love the postcard overlay! Your white carnation photos are incredible!

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

Hello! I found you through Traci's page. Your blog is gorgeous, as is your beautiful home! (and how AMAZING is Traci? I only wish she could live closer to me so I could have her photograph my children!)

You're doing great with the textures - they are a lot of fun and addicting. Have fun,
Best,
Stephanie

Tracy is ... Loving Pretty Things said...

Love it all, Trace - like Maria said, you are so talented behind the lens - that with photoshop now, these pictures are above and beyond!!

xoxoxo

Cathi said...

gorgeous photos, Tracey! happy weekend to you too! :)

TAPESTRIESOFNATURE said...

I LOVE WHAT YOU DO WITH YOUR CAMERA, PHOTO SHOP OR NOT! REMINDS ME OF THE OLD VICTORIA MAG. DREAMY!

JUDY

The Little Red Shop said...

Have you contacted Victoria Magazine, Tracey? Your home...and your pictures...are so lovely!

Have a beautiful weekend!

: )

Julie M.

Jboo said...

Oh wow -- so beautiful!!! You are so talented!

Have a great weekend!

Janet

Mayflower said...

Hello dear Tracey, I love the pictures of the lovely flowers in the teacup and what a beautiful bedroom.
Have a nice evening.
Lovely greetings from Mea

red.neck chic said...

I don't know which I like more... you playing with the photos or the actual CONTENTS of the photos!!! The carnations are just GORGEOUS!!!

Have fun!!!
;-) robelyn

hometown girl said...

gorgeous! i love them! i don't think i've ever seen carnations look so beautiful! i love the carte postale one, fabulous! have a beautiful weekend. susan

RACHELLE said...

Just lovely for the eyes!

thanks for sharing all your photos and inspirations with us!

love it!

rachelle
www.gypsylemonade.blogspot.com

DustyLu said...

Your soo talented..Your doing great with photoshop..love these images..Ohh to be so talented..I too have a lemon computer..can't wait for it to go to computer heaven so I can buy a new one..~lulu

Alabaster Rose Designs said...

Oh Tracey,
The photos are just beautiful! I especially love the one of your daughters room with the post card effect. I wish I could do photo shop, but it seems a bit expensive to get, at least for me. I will just live through your lovely photos!
I hope you have a lovely weekend.
Sincerely,
Melinda

koralee said...

Oh how I hate computers at times...mine died a few months ago...with all my images..which could not be saved. I cried for days. You have me so wanting to try photoshop...your images are amazing. xoxoox

mandiegirl said...

I love your photo with the overlay....beautiful, friend!

Jackie said...

Beautiful! I love playing with photoshop and textures!! Yours are lovely!

BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour Tracey,
I really love that one with the Carte Potal overlay, very nice.

Leah C said...

Your photos are fabulous, Tracey...with & without the textures! Have fun "playing" in Photoshop; but, watch out, it's easy to get "addicted" to it;) And may I ask where you found the "carte postale" overlay? Love it!

ANETTESHUS.COM said...

Beautiful - as always, Tracey!! Your photos are just GORGEOUS!!

xo
Anette:)

p.s. my answer to your question is coming soon;)

Sarah Sarniak said...

I love the photo effects and the photos themselves. Such a beautiful bedroom.

Hulda said...

It is nice to see a new post from you! Lovely flowers at your photos. The photos looks so old-fashioned. Lovely!

Shaunna said...

ooohhh, I LOVE these! My favorite is the "postcard" one. Speaking of that room, where did you get her bedding, if you don't mind me asking?

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

As always, just lovely! I've never visited her site, so I took a peek and it's gorgeous! My new camera is arriving tomorrow and I can hardly wait! IT will be a while until I plunge into photoshop, however...

Victoria@WhimsybyVictoria said...

Those photos are beautiful! I like the play of texture on them. Glad you have a working computer again.

Hugs,
Victoria

sissie said...

Hi Tracey,
Your photos are so pretty. I'd say you are mastering it quite well.
My son gave me the software for Photoshop, but I have yet to give it a try. I have heard it can be quite intimidating. Oh well, I hope I can get somewhere with it.

hugs
Sissie

Shannon said...

Beautiful pictures, I especially like the one of your daughters bedroom!

June said...

Tracey these are so lovely. It looks like you have definitely mastered PS. Just gorgeous, every one.
hugs

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

Carnations have never looked swoonier!

vintage frenchhen said...

I just love the overlay on Halen's room, so pretty! You must be having a ball! Marcia

Cindy said...

Gorgeous flowers and such a gorgeous bedroom, too. Nice to see what you can do in Photoshop.

Sheila Rumney said...

I love what you did with your photos! I have been experimenting too with textures and really love your postcard overlay. Is this something that you bought? Love to know.

FILIGREE MOON said...

Fabulous! Your are off to a great start, such fun. ~ Angela

Sandi said...

Beautiful pictures Tracey! Amazing what a person can do to a photo and make it look so different. Love the postale one!
I have photo shop on my computer and haven't a clue how to use it...I know... it is very sad. :(
Blessings~

Ali said...

Love what you are learning! The bedroom pic is fabulous! It is so addicting playing around with Photoshop isn't it? Have fun!

Annesphamily said...

Whatever you are doing, you are doing it well! I love all these photos!

Linda said...

Hi Tracey- these are gorgeous! I'm going to have to get my daughter to teach me how to do this- looks like SO much fun!

Roxanne said...

i love them! I think your doing a fabulous job

Alabaster Rose Designs said...

Hi Tracey,
I'm having my first blog giveaway. I'm designing a special necklace for my giveaway and will announce the winner on Sunday March 7th. I wanted you to know because you have been such an inspiration to me! Let everyone know, I want everyone to have a chance.
Thank you and take care.
Sincerely,
Melinda

Simply Me Art said...

Beautiful! I am so Jealous you have Traci so close by to help. I love the looks so so pretty. Have a Great weekend, Jamie

Jacqueline said...

Beautiful photographs, Tracey. You are doing so well with different effects. I admire you. I LOVE the one of the bedroom with the Carte Postale overlay.
Can't wait to see what you do when you have got even more into Photoshop. XXXX

kanishk said...

Fabulous! Your are off to a great start,

Work from home India

Chrissy said...

Hey there.....good to see you back up and running!!!Nice photos indeed...love that hazy postcard look,your good!!! Well you have 3 crazy Canadian girls waiting with baited breath for their magazines...can't wait!! Have a great weekend,x0x0

Alicia ~ time worn style said...

beautiful! I think I love the postcard effect the best.
alicia

Martha said...

Your photos are always amazing...I love what you did to every single one of them:)

I think you are learning quite well:)

Farmgirl Paints said...

Those turned out fabulous:) Jeanne gave Lissa and I a little tutorial recently and I was lost. I am just not techy. You did great!

Barbara said...

You're doing great with photoshop, Tracey!
I use it a lot; I'm not particularly good with it, but did change the look of the top of my header with it because there were some imperfections in the photo when I enlarged it. I also use it to adjust colors and block out parts of my kitchen counters. (And electric outlets, which seem to pop up all the time!)
Keep at it!
Happy weekend to you!

Jeni said...

I love what you did with your photos. I have not yet learned photoshop because I have heard, just like you said, that it is difficult, but now that I see the french postcard printed over your daughter's room it makes it really tempting.

Wishing you a wonderful day!

Camille said...

These could seriously be prints from an art store! They look beautiful!

tara said...

Gogeous! I am starting to learn those too, wish me luck, lol! have a great weekend! Isn't Traci the best!

Carole~Maynard Greenhouse said...

Looks like you've mastered it to me!!! There's a lot of effects that are not really usable unless you want it to look like a oil painting.
I'm still struggling with it myself!
xxx

Les Cotrions said...

Waw! You seem to be very clever with photoshop!!! I've never used it, but may be I've to try!
A nice week end to you!
Vale

Kasey said...

those textures are awesome.
kudos to your new photo adventure.
xo

Kerri said...

I love the photos~ you take beautiful ones with or without Photoshop!

Have a great weekend!

Kerri

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Tracey,

These photos have turned out wonderfully and glad that you have mastered the art of photoshop.
Sweet photo of the children standing by the gate.

Have a happy weekend
Hugs
Carolyn

Fearless Nester said...

I just love your images anyway, but the layering that's available with Photoshop really takes them to the next level. But your creativity to think to do this is something that goes beyond Photoshop. Lovely as usual. ~Lili

annie said...

Let's have Traci do some classes---I'll sign up!
Lovely photos Tracey.
annie

Jeanneoli said...

These are gorgeous!!! Lovely job.

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hi Tracey
Well I love these images of the white flowers and the overlays... they look great!! I really want Photoshop but so far have been holding out... not quite ready to dish over the big bucks!! Have a great weekend.. xx Julie

Lissa said...

tracy, these are so beautiful! I don't have photoshop yet. I love the textures the most. someday... Jeanne was trying to show me a little bit the other night.

Thank You so much about the kind comment about my home! I appreciate it very much! smiles!

Fruädel said...

I Looooooooooooooooooooove everything that i see!!! What an source of insiration! Have a wonderfull weekend!/tess

A Life In Focus Photography said...

beautiful depth with the texture! cs4 in hard, but so very worth it!

Lisa said...

Ah it gives me hope, I've had elements for months and have let it intimidate me!!!!! I'll just have to forgo everything one day, and concentrate...
great work,

Hugs, Lisa

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

Isn't PS great?
I'm still learning, not enough hours in the day to master it all.

You're doing GREAT with it, girl! :-)

Anne

thea&chocolats said...

Hello from Spain.Thanks for your sensibility.You are special

Casa Bella said...

You are so talented! I am so glad I found your blog. There's beauty in every single post. Thank you.

Roxanne said...

Tracy, thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment! Guess what
my computor crashed on Friday. it was a 7 yr. old desk top, loaded down with a million pics! I almost cried. but I've been told they an be retrieved. So, now I'm the proud owner of a new lap top.

Still amazed by your beautiful blog and photos! Thanks!

Roxanne

songskatesang said...

Oh wow! Absolutely LOVELY!

Masy said...

What lovely romantic and harmonic pictures! Flowers always make my heart warm. Have a wonderful day.
Best
from Masy in Norway

Barbara said...

Tracey: My daughter is a foodie (just like her mom!) and has a list of Paris restaurants and tea shops that we send to friends who are going to Paris. If you want, I will email it to you.

chasity said...

these are great!
i can't wait to get photoshop...but i am a little intimidated by it :p

chas

Kacey said...

Beautiful! Looks like you're learning fast! I can relate on struggling with PS - it's tough.

Gaia said...

Tracey these pics are stunning!
I love the bedroom/postcard!

I'm doing excercise with photoshop and I defenitely need more time...

Have a great week!

BellaRosa said...
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BellaRosa said...

Tracey amor, I booboo'd on my last try :) lets see if I can get it right this time :) Tracey amor, what beautiful pictures to begin with, I love what you did with them afterwards...they look beautifully surreal. Besos, Rose

brandy said...

Love your blog and I am always inspired. Thanks for sharing!! Brandy

Beach House Living said...

Lovely photos. Someone told me 15 years ago learn Photoshop and I should have! I'm stuck when it comes to the brushes and overlays.

It' an Evolution said...

those turned out just gorgeous!!!

StephanieinSD said...

Love the textures ... especially the postcard overlay.

I finally had to break down and buy a new laptop last night (gulp). This posted inspired me to order Photoshop Elements! Are you using elements or the full-blown Photoshop? (If full-blown, I'm mucho impressed as that is trick-y!)

fairmaiden said...

These are so beautiful...and inspiring. But when you say photoshop is difficult, well then I hesitate to ever try it.

Deborah said...

Gorgeous blog!! Wow!
My eyes are wide open and Im drooling :)
Im your newest follower!
Come visit me..

Deborah :)

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Ooh pretty, Tracey.
I love Photoshop but know don't how to do much with it. Of course, I told my husband I couldn't live without it. Think a little course is in order!

Love your photos as always!
xoxo~Tracie

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Hi Tracey,
Wow, I just noticed this post is from last year! I clicked over from my stats, what a dork. I love your photos just the same though!
xoxo