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Texture Blending 101

Texture Blending 101

texture blending 101
Texture blending isn’t hard if you know how to work with Layers.

Step-by-Step Guide to Texture Blending

Texture blending is a fun way to get creative with your photos and transform them into something new and unique. In a nutshell, all you need to add textures is an image editor that supports layers, such as Adobe Photoshop. Some other editors, such as Luminar, have a built-in texture blending feature. Here are the basic steps to get you started, aka “Texture Blending 101.”

  • Open a photograph in your image editor, such as Adobe Photoshop
  • Drag a texture image file from a browser window (I use Photo Mechanic) onto the image editor, or use the “Place Embedded” command in Photoshop and choose a texture file. Note that high-resolution texture images work best, as they won’t produce artifacts during resizing.
  • Size the image to fit over your original photo and press Enter on your keyboard
  • In the Layers panel, blend the texture by changing the blending mode to something other than Normal. Try Multiply, Overlay, Screen, or Hard Light modes for starters. Then adjust the layer opacity to blend in the texture and reveal the photo underneath it.
  • You can also use Layer Masks to blend the texture in. Use brushes to “paint” out the texture from areas of your photo you wish to reveal.
  • Don’t stop there! Try using multiple texture layers, too!
  • Once you’re finished, adjust contrast and color on the final image. You can also finish your images in Lightroom after saving them.
Get Textures!

I’m pleased to offer four different royalty-free texture packs.

  • Luminescent Painterly Textures
  • Abstract Painterly Textures
  • Digital Painterly Textures
  • Digital Painterly Expansion Set

Each set of textures includes high-resolution (24 megapixel) royalty-free images and a PDF quick-start guide.

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Lightroom Classic CC 7.3 Update

What’s New in Lightroom Classic CC 7.3 (April, 2018)

Lightroom Classic CC 7.3
In Lightroom Classic CC 7.3, camera profiles are now at the very top of the interface, in the Basic Panel.

Yesterday, Adobe released Lightroom Classic CC 7.3. It includes some of the biggest changes to the Adobe Lightroom Develop Module in quite some time, so let’s take a look at what’s new in Lightroom Classic CC 7.3.  Continue reading Lightroom Classic CC 7.3 Update

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New York City Night Photography Workshop

Photograph New York City After Dark

New York City Night Photography Workshop with Jason Odell
Photograph the Manhattan skyline at blue hour May 31-June 3, 2018

Join me to photograph New York City at night! I’ve got one space left to join me in New York City May 31-June 3rd for a special twilight/night photography urban photo safari in New York City. This unique event is limited to six (6) photography enthusiasts who want to experience Manhattan in the magical evening hours. I’ve deliberately kept the group size small so that I can provide you with individual attention and so that you can focus on your personal growth as a photographer.

We will head out each afternoon on a  photowalk to explore the city and then finish at an iconic site for sunset, twilght, and night photography. I will teach you creative techniques in the field for capturing unique photographs you will be proud to share. Every morning, we will have group image review sessions and I will provide “ask me anything” sessions on workflow and post-processing. Group lodging in New York City is available (not included in workshop fee).

Topics Include
  • Long exposures
  • Blue hour & twilight
  • Cityscapes and architecture
  • Creative post-processing
Locations include, but not limited to
  • Brooklyn Bridge/DUMBO/Manhattan Skyline
  • Times Square/Rockefeller Center
  • World Trade Center Memorial & lower Manhattan

New York City Night Photography Workshop

Register by April 31, 2018

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Best of Scotland Photo Adventure 2019

Scotland Photo Tour with Jason P. Odell

Scotland Photo Tour with Jason Odell
Photograph Scotland with Jason Odell, Sept. 8-17, 2019

When: Sept. 8-17, 2019 from Edinburgh, Scotland

I’m excited to announce that I’ve arranged for a 10-night private photo tour to Scotland! On this small group (max 10) tour, we’ll have a private coach and 4-star accommodations as we tour the countryside from Stirling to Loch Lomond. As your leader, I’ll be working with each participant to help you discover new creative approaches to travel photography. I’ve arranged for a flexible itinerary that allows us to have a casual approach and maximize our photo time so that we get photographs, not snapshots. Continue reading Best of Scotland Photo Adventure 2019

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New Texture Pack Released!

Digital Painterly Texture Pack

Twenty high-resolution, royalty-free texture images for photographers and graphic artists.

royalty-free texture images
Create unique images by adding one of Jason Odell’s custom textures.

I’m happy to announce the immediate release of the Digital Painterly Texture Pack. This set of twenty royalty-free texture images are hand-painted digital art by Jason P. Odell. Add them to your photos using any image editor that supports layers, including Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, and Skylum’s Luminar.

Watch: The Art of Texture Blending (YouTube)

See all of my royalty-free texture packs here

royalty-free texture images
Created with the Digital Painterly texture image.
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