Friday, January 13, 2012

Pixel Dust Bonnie's free texture "one life"

I recently downloaded GIMP, which looks like an awesome free photo editing software.   I haven’t had enough time to practice with it as much as I would like to.  And as Bonnie expressed in her post, it is hard to get back into the swing of things after the holidays!  I am really looking forward to using layers. I have read a few tutorials that cover layers, but some of them make my head spin!
For editing this photograph of a beautiful white orchid from my dear friend, I once again used Photoscape, which is another  free photo editing software.  It doesn’t have the same layering feature, but it does allow you to add textures (including adding your own textures) and placing objects on top of  your photograph and changing the opacity.
For this photo, I used the auto level, which lightens it up a bit, and then sharpened.  I find that I almost always use sharpen.  I then used color enhance and saturate.  I added  Bonnie’s free texture “one life” as a texture and then added it as an object on top of my photo. I reduced the opacity to 141 and saved.

I love the nice soft feeling it has and the white writing of the words “one life” blends in nicely with the white petals of the orchid, rather than standing out in sharp contrast.
Thank you Bonnie at Pixel Dust Photo Art, for hosting Photo Art Friday, for sharing so much of yourself and your creativity, and for hosting a great spot for all of us to share.  Having a spot to share what I do gives me some sort of validation and meaning.  So, Thank you again!  Happy Friday to us all!  And I've got the number three tucked away in my head for next week!


  1. Beautiful processing and I really enjoy using One Life also; beautiful. thanks for sharing. PAF. Karen

  2. Phyllis this is quite lovely and think you did a great job with the editing! Hope you have lots of fun with your new program. Also, thank you for stopping by my blog. Jeanne

  3. Looks to me like you've got the knack of layering with textures just fine. Such a delicate image.
    I know that you can download Photoshop and use it for 30 day "trial" without cost. A lot of people take Kim Klassen's classes and seem to make out well there. She runs one called "skinny mini" that gives a nice start-and I think that's free or little cost.
    I'm not sure you need help-you seem to be doing just fine.
    Have a great weekend Phyllis.

  4. These flowers give off a wonderful light, beautiful picture with the delicious texture offers an exquisite beauty.

  5. So pretty, so and delicate.
    I too use the Gimp program and am still learning. The whole "layers" thing has really stumped me but I'll keep trying.