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The Art of Texture Blending: The Eye

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"You know, the last time a Photoshop tool made me do a double take and stare in amazement is when I first tried EasyS a few years back. I just tried out EasyDS and I was wowed yet again. Such a simple interface, yet the results are fantastic! I'm not talking about a subtle difference here, I did an A/B comparison and what I thought was sharp turned out to be pretty blurry :) And EasyDS does this without the usual ugly artifacts. Great job! P.S. Before trying to use exotic sharpening plugins or raw converters, photographers really need to look into your sharpening plugins. Their images will look better and they'll save a bundle." - Robert G. June 2009


Over the last 2 years we have written a lot about Texture Blending (see our resources page). It is time to show a new example.

We shot this photo of a ceramic white pigeon with our iPhone 4S. We knew it would be out of focus but we did it anyway. The blue comes from the automatic white balance of the iPhone (blue shadow cast).

The "Eye"

We still liked the shapes and shadow play. Likely not a very interesting shot by itself but we thought that adding some texture could help to improve it. We applied a texture (sunflowers in the Provence) to the photo using our DOPF017 Texture Blending script

Sunflower Texture

We performed some tweaking with the script (try a demo version of this script and read our tutorials) and got this result:

Final Image

With Texture blending we created a quite different image. As we always say Texture Blending is like "1 + 1 = 3".

Maybe we should not have showed you the source image as you may think the result is just built out of crap. In the end only the final image expression counts and we like it.






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