One of the coolest texture applications we’ve seen comes from Totally Rad. It’s a collection of Photoshop Actions called Dirty Pictures. It can produce either subtle or radical texture effects depending on your choice of blending mode and opacity setting. The above photo employs the custom “Bubba Wildcat” texture.
The screen shot below shows the plug-in’s simple interface, with the Crystalniqua Delicious texture applied to my photo of the famed “mothball fleet.” (Click on the image for a larger view.)
Dirty Pictures incorporates layer masks so textures can be applied to selected portions of an image. It’s customizable, too, so you can change default settings and masking parameters, as well as add textures to the library which comes stocked with 21 custom designs.
Whether you’re looking for a down & dirty grunge effect or a retro rainbow, Dirty Pictures opens the door to fresh visions.
For more info visit: www.gettotallyrad.com
AKVIS Sketch is not the only plug-in to convert a photo into a pencil sketch or watercolor painting, but it’s the best one I’ve found. Indeed, Photoshop’s own built-in filters appear amateurish compared to this plug-in’s realistic results.
Sketch offers plenty of parameters to tweak so—even if you can’t draw a simple stick figure—you can control the conversion process and feel like Leonardo.
You can add background effects to converted images or create hybrid works, half hand-drawn, half-photo. This is an immensely creative tool for professional web designers and digital artists, yet simple enough for anyone to use.
AKVIS Sketch v. 10 is a fountain of fun.
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