Let’s Blend Challenge – Using Texture

I enjoy creating texture on my pages; it creates interest and can make things look more three dimensional. Admittingly, I am not the best teacher, and I hardly create a page with the same steps twice. So, I’ll do my best to explain how these are created.

This page is a good place to start with the process. I began with one of Katie’s Artsy Blend papers. After you have blended in your photo, you can start creating texture and interest. Duplicate the blended photo at least three times. To create the texture, highlight the top layer and go to the filters gallery and click on Sketch, Bas Relief. (Detail 10, smoothness 2). Then change the blend mode to soft light or overlay. You should see the texture appear on your page. On this page, I moved the Bas Relief layer to the right a bit, so you can see a duplicate of the bridge, but just the texture.

Now the fun part begins, and this is where there are really no rules. Play with the other layers by using different blend modes and filters. Duplicate the original layer as many times as you want. You can also move the Bas Relief layer around; it doesn’t have to be the top layer. Try blurring one of the layers also. I move things around a lot until I get it just the way I want it. I will then add elements and or wordart and I frequently will pull layers from some of Katie’s Blendable Layers. If you want them to have texture just make sure they are under the Bas Relief layer. You can also duplicate the Bas Relief layer and clip it to an element or layer to make it stand out.

The possibilities are endless, just keep playing. Believe me, there are many times I scrap the whole thing and start over.

Here are the products I used on this page: Coral Gate ARToptions Paper Pack, Urban Naturalist Blendable Layers No. 5


My original idea for this month’s challenge was to create a blended page without a photo. Well, I kind of got away from it, but here is what I came up with. It’s created with the same basic steps as above.

Products: ARToptions Neutrals No. 1, Blendable Layers No. 19, Archiblend Clusters and Layers No. 4.

This page started with the basic foundation I spoke about above, but I took it a bit farther with more blend modes, filters, adjustment layers, etc. You can see I moved the Bas Relief layer around to create a sense of movement, and blurred a few layers. There are just a few products used on this page and the rest is many copies of the photo.  Playing is the key. And remember to save your work as you go!

Products: Traveler Blendable Layers No. 2

If you really want to dive into this type of art, I highly suggest taking the Photoshop Artistry Class. I learned most of these techniques there and I am still learning.  Also, Katie has a few wonderful tutorials of her own that you can find on the DD site. She has generously provided us with a freebie to get you started on this challenge. When you complete your page, post them in the Mask Appeal Challenge Gallery and don’t forget to link up your page in the April Participation thread for proper credit.

I can’t wait to see all your designs. If you have any other questions, please feel free to message me on the DD site. Have fun with this one!


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One Response to Let’s Blend Challenge – Using Texture

  1. These are fabulous but I don’t seem to be able to post in the Mask Appeal Challenge Gallery…still a learning process for me.

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