I don’t do this much with photos at all, but occasionally, I see other bloggers texturizing images. I am guessing most buy or get free scripts to apply to images or go find apps online to do it easily for them. The only drawback to these methods is that all the images are treated exactly the same way. Read on for tips, and see how we use the layering of texture in garden design.
It really is rather simple to do this yourself with textures you photograph, create or find on your own. Using textures takes a really poor shot and makes it a work of art. Not that a poor shot is what you should use, like my very underexposed base image above, but at least I had a way of using it creatively. The lighthouse image has four textures applied to give a unique, weathered look to the image.
Sometime I will do a tutorial on Green Apples to show you this process in Photoshop for those that might want to learn. It is not difficult, but does take some patience and a little experience with the application.
Here are some textures below with a downloadable pdf I included. You might want to keep them for the tutorial on Green Apples. The file has 28 different textures to use, some of garden plants, some building materials, and some, natural finds. I have maybe 300 textures I photographed over the years, but these I took this morning for this post. Seven of the twenty-eight are pictured below. You combine these with images by overlaying the texture. They will look nothing like the saturated texture images below in the completed art. But, I will save my how-to for Green Apples.
Here is a downloadable pdf. The file has 28 garden textures in a 4.5 MB file, found in the link below. Feel free to use them on images or in your posts. For those of you that know how to do this, they are at 72 ppi resolution, so you need to make your original the same. Click those above, they get rather large.
How Design Disciplines Relate
What is something to learn about all design disciplines is that almost all of them transfer many of the same basic principles, whether two-dimensional or three-dimensional. And texture and layering is across all; photography, painting, landscaping, architecture and more. All are made better by layering of textures. Try it in your garden today.
Let’s Garden With Texture and Layering
All the garden images have no applied textures or were any Photoshopped. Note the layering of the plantings. All have a distinct texture and tone. The colors are artfully combined. But take a look at the scale and massing if you are familiar with these design terms. This space is NOT big, but reads big and that has everything to do with planting big.
Here is more layering in early Fall. Many of the Summer flowers have succumbed to the shorter days, but it gives a clear picture why the trees and shrubs play an integral part to a successful garden for ALL seasons.
Massing in plantings is usually referred to as how many plants make up a grouping. In architecture massing refers to the weight and volume of an element. It works the same in the landscape too. A heavy mass of plants looks odd if it is not balanced by its neighbors. And a skimpy showing does not hold its own in any fashion. It is all about balance and a good weight to the design.
Scale on the other hand, is all about size. It is how one element relates to another. Like a tree is large in scale compared to a small perennial, and this relationship can create a tension if they are too disproportionate. In architecture we often refer to something being out of scale. Buildings must ‘fit’ within their environments and not overwhelm their neighbors. It is the same with plantings. Layering helps solve this as plants graduate in size in garden beds.
Good massing, well-balanced as the design steps back in scale and mass in the beds, and all weave nicely.
This post was not even going to be a post as there are three others in the hopper waiting a turn. Weird, huh, how things turn out? I did the Lighthouse image yesterday, and decided maybe you should see it. That led to photographing textures to share, then that led to how design is similar through all disciplines. Then off to gardens we go and how layering fits into scale and massing. Funny how it all comes about. All in less than an hour too, from photographing to publish. The Lighthouse took me an hour or so to complete yesterday. When using textures on photos, you find what you think will be good to use is not always the case. It is balance there too.
Next post is my Monthly Calendar in Tens noting the wacky weather in my NF garden. Not pretty images for those preferring the ‘real’ gardens, (you have to know how this bugged me with my rant on Green Apples and I am unlikely to let up on it either), but a few garden tips for those of us living in colder climates.