Monday, September 19, 2011

Textures -n- Actions for Texture Tuesdays

Well, I've just discovered "actions" and I had a lot of fun playing around with them this weekend, along with Kim's textures for Texture Tuesdays pics. The first one I am posting has Kim's new Thursday texture and one of the The Pioneer Woman actions, but i don't remember which :o/
I tried it in b/w and liked it too, so I am posting both

I bought these Chinese lanterns a year ago and finally got around to photographing them. They look lovely in my little thrift store vase with Kim's Mayzee texture and Nelly Nero's Autumn Vintage action
here is a darker version with Kim's Subtly Yours texture and Nelly Nero's Antique Overlay action

Finally, here are a couple of pics on the brighter side : )
Kim's Trust texture and The Pioneer Woman action, Slight Lighten, i think

and this one has Kim's Love in Layers texture and The Pioneer Woman's Slight Lighten action (this one I know :)

All these are from pictures I took over the summer for a project, but did some editing with the new techniques I learned in Kim's Essentials class that just wrapped up. For the project, I decided I wanted to take some pictures to make note cards so i could give them to friends and family as gifts. So I scoured thrift stores for small vases and bottles, picked summer flowers, and took pictures of them with my 50mm lens. I've had my 50mm lens for two years and just discovered how wonderful it is. Then i combined my pictures with the wonderful textures from Kim Klassen, and now the actions from the The Pioneer Woman and Nelly Nero. I'm having a blast! Happy Texture Tuesday : )

P.S. While I am having a blast using the actions I downloaded, it wouldn't have been possible without the help of Texas Chicks (see link below). They've posted a video showing how to add the actions to the Elements editing programs. I have Elements 9, but i followed the directions for Elements 7 & 8 and it worked just fine. I still can't believe how easy it was! Thanks a million Texas Chicks!


  1. oh these are ALL so beautiful!! truly... truly....

    thank you for linking to TT! xxo

  2. This is a great post and I am also finding layering photos soo fun. great inspiration here, i think my fav is the soft light one, but it's hard to choose.

  3. Love 'em all. Angles from the top makes for genius composition. Nice work with textures.

  4. Actions are so much fun and your images are great!

  5. I like them all but the first three are my faves ;) really great angles as well as textures, processing etc, great!

  6. So many gorgeous images! Lovely!

  7. Those paper lantern flowers are to die for....really beautiful set.

  8. So beautiful, Cathy, love them all !
    Great use of textures !
    Wish you a nice day,

  9. Absolutely beautiful. I stopped taking photos from above, I have no idea why, You had inspired me to try again. Thank you