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Being Creative with Photos

Rustic Bread baked in Plant Pots © Copyright stevelupton.com

Being Creative with Photos

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Being creative with photos, producing quality and creative images time after time can make your creative juices dry up a little, creating creativity can sometimes be quite punishing even for us creative creatives.


Fortunately for me an old friend from my college days just happened to get in-touch, we had lost contact when he moved to the South of France. Not only was it truly great to her from him after all the years, (where did they go?) but it transpired that my friend Paul Grand is now co-creator and founder of Flypaper Textures.

With his business partner Jill Ferry, who lives in New Zealand, they have created the most exquisite sets of classic grunge and painterly textures, so very effective when integrated as layers with images and illustrations. Paul’s association with Russell Brown at Adobe bore them the honour of a free to use Flypaper Texture panel plug-in created by Russell for Photoshop, which automates the process and includes over a dozen Flypaper texture samples to get you started and yes it’s totally free of charge!


Once I saw Paul’s outstandingly inspirational work (he is renowned for his book cover images) and that of his colleagues using the Flypaper Textures, I couldn’t wait to give the techniques a try with some of my own photos.
You can see the results as applied to some of my images on my site or visit Flypaper Textures for lots of useful info. and tutorials.


I must therefore give my thanks to Paul and Jill for introducing and sharing with me the infinite possibilities and layers to their textured world.


Steve Lupton

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