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Photoshope Elements Grungy Textures

January 15, 2010
Pretty in Pink?
Let’s grunge it up.
(…and Ingrid Michealson, scroll down to see what I mean)

Peony In Love

Peony(my image)
Free Grungy Texture from SkeletalMess

(And a smidgen of Photoshop Elements erasing…)


Peony with normal mode texture
Grunge Pink: Peony in Love.
I call this the ‘Normal Erase Mode’.

I promise this is really simple.

  • Download the largest size Flickr image of the texture you are currently in love with (there are frames, grungy, bricks, wood grains…)
  • Layer it over the top of your favorite image in need of some PSE love.
  • Choose the best blending mode.

When you mouse over the drop down menu in the layers palette it says:

Set the blending mode for the layer

There are 25 different modes! From Hard Light to Color Burn.
Have fun playing with them all!
I don’t totally understand the whys and hows, but it has to do with the light effects and blending them?

  • Last: use the eraser tool set to the soft round airbrush, around size 400, and 30-60% opacity. Begin erasing the middle (or focal point) and maybe the edges and corners. That’s what I did anyway… Email me if you have questions!

goodncrazy blue dots
I had such a hard time choosing just one!

I gave up and created these collages below to show you how amazing they all are!
I love the different ‘feeling‘ each one gives.
Antique, Victorian, Eerie, Modern…
Which one do you like the best?

photo effects in PSE 4

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photo effects in PSE 1

goodncrazy blue dots

photo effects in PSE 3

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photo effects in PSE 2

Romantic Peonies make me think about this song

Everybody (wants to love)
by Ingrid Michealson

PhotobucketEverybody knows the love
Everybody holds the love
Everybody folds for love
Everybody feels the love
Everybody steals the love
Everybody heals with love

Photoshop Elements Trick

January 12, 2010

Goldfish ANDY Best White Elephant Gift

goodncrazy blue dots

See the lighted bubbly stuff in the fish bowl? Totally Fake.
If you take a gander at the ‘Textures’ on SkeletalMess’ Flickr Stream, you’ll see this one:

Soft-Faux-n-Grunge-Bokeh -7-18-09-TOTD # 11

Perfect. Since I have a fishy in need of ‘bellished bubbles.

PhotobucketAfter I boosted the levels and color a bit in my original shot, I simply created a new layer, adding in this bad boy ‘texture’ over the top. Then enlarged it to size it right and move it over the bowl.

PhotobucketNext I tested a couple blending styles.
: Soft Light, but it blended in too much, went away. I wanted to still SEE the bubbles!
Second: Hard Light.. ahhh perfect..

PhotobucketI brought down the Opacity to 75%. Blending it even more, making it just subtle enough you aren’t sure if they are real or not…

PhotobucketLast I used a soft eraser brush dialed down to 20% Opacity (elements has no ‘flow’ to adjust.. bummer) to erase everywhere the ‘bubbles’ layer was showing outside of the fishbowl or where they were covering the fish and greenery.


I give you Mood Lighting for our new fish: ANDY.
Quite possibly the BEST white elephant gift ever.

Giving Credit:
SkeletalMess allows use of textures for free, when you acknowledge his greatness.

All names have been changed to protect the innocent. AKA the fish.