If you're ever in need of a good texture, you need go no further than the dumpster behind your favorite store. Today, Draw and I went on a dumpster hunt looking for rust textures and, lo and behold... all of 15 minutes later, pay dirt.
A peek at the fun I have in photoshop using dumpster rust. This photo is of a charming window at the charming Clergy House in Alfriston.
I shoot in RAW so every photo I take requires some processing in Photoshop - this is the original shot (above), after converting from RAW to psd and processing (exposure, sharpen, crop).
This is the same photo using an overlay of dumpster. The actual shot of the dumpster rust looks like this...
After a bit of processing in Photoshop because this was shot in RAW mode, as well. Hard to believe that, by using this overlay of rust on the original photo it can achieve that kind of soft vintage look. Depends on your layer setting - I used soft light.
Now. Same original photo but as I was jumping in the car after taking some photos of the dumpster behind Pier One - I happened to look down and saw this...
...which, in and of itself, is rather homely. But that cracking at the top has some potential. After a bit of color and exposure tweaks and some cropping, I got this...
...which has major potential. I think it looks pretty cool just like that, but I really wanted it for this...
Voila! Changing the layer setting on that interesting grunge layer, let's the even more interesting window peek through.
And this is why I have this intense love affair, bordering on an obsession, with Photoshop.
By the way, if you're a mixed media artist, these window will be available in a digital collage sheet at my shoppe, PaperWhimsy. And these texture overlays will be available shortly for purchase for digital artists. Same place.