In an effort for us all to improve our images, we are focussing on Processing skills at Dynamic Range over the coming months.

An interesting and long discussion took place on the KCPA FB Page over the weekend, about altering images.  As usual it veered off the point but much was clarified for me. We are always asking or being asked if certain things, processes, filters and the like can be used in Competition images and I know I have been uncertain in the past.  With technology and software moving at the pace it does it, there are exciting things released onto the market constantly and it is sometimes hard to keep up and also learn how to use them to good effect.

What has been clarified, primarily by Richard Walton,  is the following:

Bought or free textures are banned, as they are a photograph, and you must not include them in a competing image. Topaz textures can be used but again you must use your own texture image to create it. Everything in an image must have been taken by you.

But you can use any filters, actions or brushes that are available free or to buy, as they are not an actual photograph.  For example, Mist/ Fog filter in Nik is allowed. Of course most of these effects can be achieved in non destructive ways in PS and LR and we hope to cover these processes.


We are hoping by using the talent already in our group to share the knowledge of some of these techniques at the November meeting.

I personally find that viewing Pinterest is a great method of collecting ideas, inspiration and use it as an aid memoir for collecting interesting tutorials to view at a later date. Here is my board of the Tuts I have saved.


Also, ‘as and when’ I find useful things I will add them to the Education Heading and anything posted on FB can be linked here too.

I love using textures and do work with them frequently, but like, I am sure many of you, use a method, learnt or picked up many moons ago. At present I am working through some tutorials that I have downloaded, trying to learn and improve my skills and came across something that was new to me, ‘Blend If’ I have placed some links to info under the PS dropdown in Education. Many may know all about this but I found it very interesting.

Textures that are shown on the internet are often really beautiful and are hard to resist, we know we can make them, but sometimes one is tempted.  So do feel free to buy and use them, but remember only for your own use, not competitively .

Creating Textures    Some ideas, on How,  if you are new to it or need to relearn!

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