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Curious, as to which textures you prefer or use the most.

I make textures for two reasons, one is to use mostly as a color filter
with a hint of texture like the one shown on the bottom on the left.
The other is to add a strong presence of texture, like the one shown on
the bottom at right.
Which do you use most, personally I tend to use them as a colored filter more often.
How about you!

46 comments:

  1. Hi Jerry!

    Thanks for another beautiful texture!
    I have used your textures to add texture to digital backgrounds and have just recently started using them as a coloured overlay on my photos. Either way they are fantastic!!

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  2. I use them both about equally.

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  3. Jerry, this answer may(or not) be useful, 'cuz I use the textures for both purposes, depending on the image. Typically I apply the texture to a new layer and then use the 'blend if' sliders and fill / opacity / blend modes until I get the 'look' I'm trying to achieve. Sometimes a color tint is exactly right, other times more of the texture needs to be visible. If I had to assign a method of use to it, tho', I'd have to say I use them more as a 'strong presence of texture' just a bit more than as a 'color filter with a hint of texture'. Thanks for such great selections to use. You have a great eye for selecting textures that help an image 'pop'.

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  4. Personally I'm always looking to add lots of texture and since I use lots and lots of layers in my artwork the color always ends up being changed anyway. Just my.02 I love all that you do and appreciate your generous spirit in sharing.

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  5. I use the textures both ways, depending on the image and the final effect desired. The 'color filter with hint of texture' probably wins out, tho', 'cuz subtle is the best way to make an image 'pop' without being overly obvious.

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  6. i tend to use them as a strong presence.....
    i love the artistic quality textures can give.

    your textures are always so amazing~
    thank you for sharing.

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  7. Hi Jerry,

    I mostly use your textures as just that - textures. Both for my photos and for my products for digital scrapping. out of the two I prefer the one on the right but you are still to make a texture I don't like and/or use.

    Thank you so much for that!

    Trine

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  8. Its hard to say whicke more. It depends on mood and the image. Sometimes I used for color, sometimes for masking, one for texture one for toning down high contrast. In the end I tend to love all the ones you make!

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  9. It really depends on the photo and the mood you're trying to go for with a particular project, doesn't it. And, hey! Not mutually exclusive! A lot of times I'll have a half a dozen or more textures with various levels of opacity. Thanks. You're the best!

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  10. I use them more for texture than color...I love your textures, thanks so much for all your hard work and offering these to all to use! :0)

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  11. I use them for different reasons. Sometimes I like to affect just the color and other times I like to add just the texture. I also like images that affect the edges like a border therefore bringing the eye to the main subject.

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  12. Love them! Haven't quite figured out how to download them and put them to use!

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  13. Presents of Texture for me:)

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  14. Hello dear Jerry!
    About the way I use (and abuse, LOL) your textures, it's mostly the real textured ones I like best.
    I'm often surprised by the result of the other ones. Maybe I don't know how to use them properly?
    I can undestand your question, while you're making these textures, you surely think sometimes about all of us...
    Thanks a lot, once more, anyway!
    This last one is great.
    XXX Sim.

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  15. Jerry, that's a great question. When I first started using textures, I used them solely to have a strong presence in my artwork. Like this, one of my first textural works, Port Perry Fair. I still do use textures that way, but I have started using textures more as a filter recently, as you mention, like this, one of my latest works, Another Hemingway Cat. I find using textures this way has added a new dimension and new options for me when I sit down in Photoshop. I also have been experimenting with different blending modes rather than always relying on the ones I usually try, and have also been experimenting with using multiple textures at varying opacities with varying blending modes. There is always so much to try!
    (I have a "question" on my blog too, although not texture-related. It's my post from last Tuesday, the second from the top (unless I post something today LOL). It's concerning sepia vs. black-and-white. Feel free to chime in if you have an opinion!)
    ==lennie==

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  16. I use both and for both reasons. If my exposure is not just so, I often will add a texture to improve it. If I want to add some drama, I add texture. If I want to reduce bright/contrast, I often add texture.

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  17. Both, both ways. I love the subtle textures and the colours alike, they often make such a difference to an otherwise 'bland' photo or graph. I use them mostly for wallpapers and manipulations, both as background and overlay, and my only 'gripe' :) is that you gift us with so many brilliant ones I hardly find the time to get through old ones before there are new ones up.
    Thanks once again for your creativity and generosity :)

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  18. Wow!
    I touched by all your comments, really cool!

    I love seeing how you use textures and hopefully your information will inspire someone reading to try other methods.

    I tend to use multiple textures, sometimes excessive amounts, but that's what layers are for.

    You guys rock!

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  19. I am still stumbling around trying to figure it out, but the best way to describe my intentions for the textures, was to produce a vintage/aged feel to the photographs that I was editing. I found that some made the image 'pop' by pure accident!

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  20. Hi, I have been looking at your textures as you may know but havent tried any yet. As for me I dont know how to do them really well yet. I hope to use yours and will be in and out looking at your how too to them. Thank so much for adding them here. I would like to add a tag to my blog and did try but it didnt work. Let me know how to add one or do you have a few. Thanks agian.
    Your textures are beuatiful and I would use them as a fill for color to start I think.

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  21. Do you have presets for Lightroom also.
    Thanks again
    Lisa

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  22. Oh please don't make me decide...I love both kinds! I realize that answer may not be helpful, but I think each kind add it's own beauty to a photo:)

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  23. Jerry, you're the one who rocks! You give us awesome textures to work with!!!

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  24. Lisa RedWillow;
    Go down to the bottom of my page, there you will see "My Banner" just select and copy the text in the box that says "Copy to Grab My Banner" then paste the text into an "HTML/JavaScript" gadget box and then save, that's it!

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  25. I have also used them for both an overlay and as texture, for digital scrapbooking mostly. I love your square textures. Well, truth be told, I love them all. Keep doing what you do ;D

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  26. It all depends on my mood :)

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  27. Hello! I love your blog, I check it everyday for textures and often use them in my photography. I personally prefer the smoother looking textures, like the one on the left. Whenever you post them, I always download. I'm not really into the heavier textured look, I love your subtle smooth textures the best. Thanks for what you do! You've helped my artwork a ton!! :)

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  28. Color filter and to help add interest to the many 'weak' compositions I tend to end up with after a day of camera play. Ditto what others say about loving all the works you offer.
    Carol

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  29. I like to use them for color overlays!

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  30. Texture first, then color sets the mood - I can always adjust the color to fit the mood

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  31. Well I love both. It just depends what type of photo I'm using. But mostly, I like to use textures that give my photos a vintagy old look. Oh and thank you soooo much for the textures you always share with us! :)

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  32. Is the right Chaos? I use that one often.
    Love all the comments!
    I use them for effect. texture first, then color, then mood.

    Thanks again for all of your time and effect!!
    ~kimi~

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  33. I use the more textured one as I prefer to play around with the colour myself. I really appreciate you posting your textures on flickr for us to use.

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  34. I use both textures, and I use them as filters and as backgrounds, I use them on photos and papers and for ATCs. It always depends on what "artpiece" I have in mind when I start.
    I love all textures you share :-)
    And I am really thankful for all you do

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  35. Yay! for the first time I have been able to comment on your blog (previously I kept getting errors with security check images not appearing!)

    First of all I would just love to say that I love your work.

    Secondly, Like others here I use your work for both colouring and textures depending on the composition I am looking for. I suppose if I had to chose then i would probably go for using textures more.

    Thanks again for your great work :)

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  36. On most of my photos, I will use a combination of both, a few as color filters and a few to give the image texture. I love your blog! It's my favorite texture resource. :)

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  37. Hi Jerry! You're my texture King! :)
    I am usually drawn to textures like the one on the right more but I do use both kinds!

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  38. I tend to use them more often as a color filter with some texture like the one on the left. I don't often use only strong textures like the one on the right. Thanks so much for sharing so freely such amazing images for us to use!

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  39. I love to have them as a color enhancement, but usually need the ones with multi colors. I feel that adds more of a 'painted' look. I do use textures a lot, different types and colors depending on the photo and my vision of the end!

    Love your work, thanks so much for sharing.

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  40. Thank you again for your wonderful textures and for sharing them so freely! LIke others have already said, I would say both. Depending on the photo and the need, I use both styles. If I HAD to lean towards one more than the other, I guess it would be the texture, although the color filter is important too. So...again...both! :)

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  41. Mostly as textures to add effect.
    Your creations make my creations better.
    Thank you.

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  42. I like both. I really LOVE your textures. They are so awesome.

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  43. Hi Jerry, I love all of your textures! Right now, I prefer the one on the left, but my husband prefers the one on the right. I think that which one I prefer depends on the situation. Thank you for all of your generous creativity!

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  44. Jerry, your textures are the best out there--whether for color or texture. I use them interchangeably according to what the layout asks for. I don't tell IT what it's going to end up looking like; but, rather, it tells me what it needs to get the look IT wants! We're just tools.

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