Tuesday, October 19, 2010

October Roses And The Grunge

I haven’t had roses to bloom here all summer…between the sizzling temps and the summertime influx of Japanese
Beetles…my roses were just stalks with a few leaves on them this year…
Now…October…they still don’t have leaves but they’ve actually been happy enough to bloom some…
This little bouquet is the only one I’ve had this year so I have to get a lot of mileage from this one!!!





imageAll of the textures are from the Square Texture Set at Shadowhouse Creations…

image It’s not a big bouquet but I sure have enjoyed it!!!
This is the photo I started with in my Picasa program.

imageCropped and lightened…

imageI added three cropped images to a photo from yesterday and made a collage/mosaic
using the Picture Pile selection
under the settings tab…
Save the collage/mosaic…

I added the “grunge” by superimposing a texture over my mosaic…
To superimpose the texture…
download a texture (this is one of the “Square Textures Set” from here
Treat this texture as if it is just another photo and put it in your Picasa selection bar along with the collage/mosaic you want it superimposed over…
You will have two selections marked with a green check…
Click “Collage”
Now select Settings tab..
Now select superimpose…
ta da!!!
Save by selecting “Create Collage”

These textures are designed for photoshop but they worked with my Picasa!!!

image It may be just a little addictive!!!
I hope my directions make sense…Have Fun!!! 

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  1. Morning, Becky! Oh, this is a lovely little bouquet of red roses. So pretty and hope they smell good too. Now there you go being all creative and stuff with your photos! You're good and I've enjoyed them.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  2. Yea, for at least one bouquet for you to enjoy, it's very pretty!

    I love Picasa, and the best part is that it's free... I love making collages of my grandchildren.

  3. Beautiful photos,love them all. And "thank you" for stopping by my blog today, I appreciate your comment.

    Take care, Sue

  4. Hi Becky,
    Nice to meet you and thanks for coming over to visit. Love your roses they are so pretty and all the affects are so neat. I love to play around with photoshop and do affects as well.
    Looked back at your other pics as well, you do
    some wonderful photography. Lovely pics.
    Enjoyed my visit.
    Hope you have a lovely rest of the week,

  5. Your flowers are so beautiful! I love roses. Your blog is very nice, I've enjoyed strolling through it.

  6. Hi Becky...

    I hope my note is finding your well this morning, my friend! Ohhh...your roses are gorgeous! Sorry that they have had problems this year...hopefully they'll be healthier next year for you! Anyway, they really are gorgeous and I loved all of your photo editing techniques! I love to play with those...hehe! I can spend hours and hours playing with the different options! I love this technique that you shared with us today...ohhh, those photos would make lovely cards or stationery...don't you think? I haven't ever tried this effect...thank you so much for explaining the "how to's"! I can't wait to play! Hehe! Lovely phots, my friend! I really enjoyed your post!!!

    Thank you so much for coming by and taking a peek at my autumn leaves vignette and photos. I really enjoyed your visit and sweet note, my friend!

    Warmest autumn wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  7. What a great post. I love all your editing and especially the textures you've used. My roses have bloomed all season, however, we've been gone for several weeks, and when we got back and I went out to look at them they were covered solid with aphids! P.S. I'm going to 'follow' your blog. I'd love you to stop by for a visit and 'follow' me.

  8. First of all your photos are gorgeous. Second of all thanks for the tip about Shadowhouse Creations. I had never been to that site before and it is fascinating.

  9. Our roses are putting on quite an October display as well. I like all the 'grunge' you used in your photos.



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