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Texture Giveaway!

The other day I was doing a portfolio review with someone and we both noted that when he used textures it gave his pictures an extra special…something.

Neither of us could quite put a word on what we meant, except for using the word: THICK

So, what in the world does it mean to say that texture makes photos look thick? I’ve thought about it, and what we both meant was that the photo looks more robust, full, and heavy with content. A picture will often look less flimsy, like there are more layers to it and there is more for the eye to see.

I have always textured my photos, all the way back to day 1. I thought the look was fascinating. It is a way to make pictures look aged or timeless, or painterly. It can add a special dimension to a photo that is often not easily achieved without that texture overlay. I never would have known where to start with using textures though if it weren’t for finding free textures online and being able to use them freely as well. My one-stop-shop is Les Brumes on flickr. I use those textures for 99% of what I do. I always tag my pictures with “textures by les brumes” so that it links back to her site.

Without that library of free images I would have been lost, and so I am constantly grateful that they were free for me to use. The other day Aaron Nace wrote to me saying that he mentioned me on his episode of Phlearn about textures, and I realized then that I have never made my own texture before. I was instantly inspired, and I began looking around my apartment for something that might be good. Low and behold, I found a dirty pot sitting on my stove. The side of it was scratched and yucky and perfect! I took a photo of it, and in turn made my first texture.

And in the spirit of giving, and as a big THANK YOU to everyone, Les Brumes especially, for helping me always, I want to give the texture to you so you can use it in your imagery. All you have to do is write, either in the description or tags, “texture by Brooke Shaden” and we are golden. You can click the texture to receive the full resolution size.

I used this texture for the first time in my picture “Reactions in the Prison Cell” and I really liked how it worked out. I hope you enjoy it!

{ 15 } Comments

  1. Becky | December 5, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    Awesome! I’ve been watching Aaron’s episodes ever since he interviewed you :)

  2. Nicole Witkowski | December 5, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Brooke! I’ve always admired the textures you use. They’re so appropriate for your tone and message. The one you’ve made is just as impressive and I will be sure to use it when it suits my image best :)

  3. sweethardt | December 5, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much!! Can’t wait to try it out! :-)

  4. Jill Brown | December 5, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much!!!

  5. Collin | December 6, 2011 at 3:57 am | Permalink

    Thanks Brooke! I look forward to trying yours and attempting to make some of my own!

  6. xiangchao | December 6, 2011 at 6:18 am | Permalink

    It’s amazing.

  7. Maria | December 6, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

    Thank you, Brook!

  8. Lieke | December 6, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Brooke! I always got my textures from folding sheets, but I needed new ones and those are hard to find in ‘folding sheet land’ I think. So thanks a lot!

  9. Benjamin | December 7, 2011 at 3:29 am | Permalink

    Thank you so much for this beautiful texture Brooke ! I’ll use it for sure !
    I’m so curious about making textures too… was it difficult ? Because reading you blog post about them made me think that it wasn’t really. It also made me pay attention to the fact that… I use textures too but never managed to make one by myself ! I’ll be trying !

  10. Jack Gambardella | December 9, 2011 at 7:36 am | Permalink

    Brooke, your willingness to share never ceases to amaze me. I think many artists would be loath to share their “secrets,” fearing it might diminish the appeal of their art. However, I believe your generosity of spirit will only enhance your art and empower you as an artist. After all, isn’t the best art a sharing between the artist and her audience? Good karma is a powerful thing….thank you…also just LOVED the video for Dark Lands and Evil Plans

  11. Carl | December 20, 2011 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    You are so empowering and inspiring Brooke. You make authentic so attractive. I so appreciate the texture and look forward to being ssociated with you in my images.

    Be Safe.

  12. Vitor Schietti | December 22, 2011 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    Your work is fantastic! I’m thrilling a similar path in photography and loved your blog. I just added it to my blog’s favorites sidebar. Keep on bringing us beautiful imagery. Best regards from Brazil.

  13. Roderique Arisiaman | March 2, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    Just used your texture on my latest work. Thanks for that: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dracorubio/6801153262/

  14. nathalie fernandez | May 13, 2012 at 7:13 am | Permalink

    texture by brooke shaden

  15. Brandy Huntley | May 27, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    Texture by Brooke Shaden
    You are amazing. I always revisit your work when I’m seeking inspiration. Thank You!!

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