My Teddy Bear
When I saw this week’s Shutter Love Tuesday theme, I was a bit stumped, but then I looked over and saw my brown teddy bear. As it turns out, this week’s Live Every Moment photo challenge theme is also brown (you can click HERE to vote for my “in disguise” entry from last week). Believe it not, I sleep with this little guy…he brings me peace and helps me sleep.
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For more brown photos (and happy moments) , go to:
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I obviously used a lot of texture on the above shot, so I thought I’d take a step back and share my SOOC shot…and also share my texture layers.
Lens: Tamron 28-75 mm, Focal Length: 45 mm, ISO: 200, Aperture: f/4, Exposure: 1/80 with Speedlight (dragging the shutter – pointed back at 60 degree angle)
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I ran this photo through my typical workflow (which includes Adobe Camera Raw and Amy McMaster’s Squeaky Clean in Photoshop Elements 7). I may or may not have used a high pass filter on a soft light blending mode (this is often one of my steps to make an element of the photo pop, but I didn’t write it down this time), but I definitely used the healing tool to heal out the crease in the couch. I then applied a series of textures to artsy it up. These layers run bottom to top (so you would apply them in this order):
  • Heavens Blush (I think this is by Shadowhouse Creations), Overlay blending mode at 100% opacity.
  • Mustard See by Kim Klassen, Multiply blending mode at 50% opacity.
  • Abstract by Kim Klassen, Multiply blending mode at 25% opacity.
  • 10.10.10 by Kim Klassen, Lighten blending mode at 30% opacity.
  • Timeworn by Paint the Moon, Screen blending mode at 38% opacity.
  • Quote applied at 100% opacity
  • Layers by Kim Klassen, Multiply blending mode at 80% opacity. 
  • Fairy Dust (I can’t seem to find who this one is by), Screen blending mode at 6% opacity.
I then adjusted the saturation because my laptop is a little yellow heavy, resized and sharpened. Did I lose you?

If you own Photoshop Elements, I encourage you to take Kim Klassen’s Skinny Mini e-course. She’s going through all things Elements (also applies to your regular version of Photoshop) in a way that makes it simple (one of these days, I’m hoping that I can make video tutorials like her). She is also offering a class on the art of TEXTURE. I’m obviously a fan of texture and her textures are awesome. If nothing else, sign up for her newsletters. Each Friday, she’ll send out a free texture (this is where I got all of the Kim Klassen textures above). Anyways, check her out!

Have a great day!

    So fun…and beautiful!

    He looks so soft and fluffy.

    I love Kim Klassen’s textures!

    Awww, he looks perfect for cuddling.

    Gorgeous teddy!
    That is so cool that you sleep with him every night! lol
    I’m hosting a a photo challenge called Capturing Creation soon (will start NEXT Wednesday) that’s going to be over a 7 week period–1 photo challenge a week. Just thought I’d put it out there, so if you are interested or anyone else is head on over to this link:
    I love that dog and baby picture btw, so glad that you are in the top three! Hope you win:-)

    Love this photo–so cute.I really like the texture!

    You made your teddy a piece of art.
    Great job!

    You really do such amazing things with such simple items. I could see this hanging on a wall in a childs room. great job and thanks for the editing steps.

    Love this. Nice edit

    You know I love this. It is so cute! Great edit. :)

    I love teddy bears! still have mine. I like the textures, great photo.

    Love it! My daughter now sleeps with the bear Rob got me 16 years ago.

    reallyt cute. I like how you explained the textures. I need to do that more. I do mine and never remember exactly what i do i am so focused on getting done.

    The couch or chair adds to the texture.

    This looks like it should be framed and hung on the wall. Gorgeous! I really wish I had my PS already so that I could take her e-class…although I really need a “this is how you open the program” kinda class. :)

    You did a really fabulous job as always!! And thanks so much for all the info as I always love the links you pass along…so much fun information!

    Really like how it turned out! :D

    Love the quote, too. I used to sleep with all my teddys on the bed with me.. but now with two extra humans there isn’t enough room. ;)

    how this is perfect… so awesome! (hey how does that november 2010 photo hunt work? you just link up and then at the month you do a whole post about it?)

    So so cute! I want a teddy like that one!!

    Thanks for the tip on the class. I need to get photoshop and learn it. Love the textures you added.

    So cute and fabulous job with the textures! I love Kim Klassen’s textures (as you know)! I love the little saying too…

    Glad to hear I’m not the only one who sleeps with a teddy bear. lol Mine is in considerably rougher shape though!

    Great edit! I love it.

    Love your teddy bear! He’s so sweet! And that’s such a great use of textures!

    Love the edit with the textures!! I always say I’m going to use more of them in my photos :)

    Holy totally incredibly awesome! I love what you did here! I reakly need to try this..VERY soon :-)

    This is absolutely wonderful, Ashley! You never cease to amaze me, so creative!

    I’ll have to check out the PSE class. I’ve been so interested in texture but can’t do it! Cute teddy ;)

    Oh my goodness! This Teddy pic is to die for! I love the work you did to it!! I’m actually taking kim’s skinny mini class as you speak. I was a PSE virgin so I started a little imitated but she is so good at her tutorials.

    awww…so cute! I love it.

    How cute are you, having that teddy bear?! <3 Adorable bear, too…can’t help but to wonder if he’s got a name…my Munchkin is verrry attached to her Mr. Bear who reminds me a bit of yours, but is beige. And, LOVE your edit!!!

    Nice job!

    And a very nice teddy, too…


    Wow! That’s amazing! You are so good at post-processing. I’m so impressed. I think you should start having your own classes soon. :-)

    Love how your photo turned out. I know the feeling you have in regards to your teddy bear. I still have my “baby pillow” that I slept with when I was a child. I hold it tight every night. It too brings me inner peace.

    Hope you’re having a great week so far!


    Wow! Love how you edited this photo. Great use of texture!

    Great edit. I love it. Bueno!

    Wow, fantastic edit. He looks very loved :)

    I love all the layers the texture created

    Wow this an incredible mix of texture!

    So nicely done!

    Wonderful edit, it looks completely different!

    I have a similar Teddy Bear but now he sits on a chair. Cause I got a real live Pomeranian who cuddles with me now. :)

    What a sweetheart! Your editing really fits him perfectly. These days all my teddies are divided between my girls.

    Erika B

    I love that little verse, especially the bit about the colour of breakfast toast hehe too cute!

    Ooh I love your teddy. Stuffed animals are my favorite thing. Your edit is awesome too. Love it!

    Awesome edit. That needs to be framed.

    What a snuggly looking bear! I just want to pet and squeeze it! Fantastic edits!

    Incredible edit and use of textures!

    Great shots, I love that little teddy bear sooo cute!

    I am working on using more textures but am still TOO into color right now! Love your use of textures AND coloring! Thanks for sharing the info into HOW you created this, it’s always nice to see people giving back to the community of Photog’s :) Have a wonderful day!

    Wonderful texture work! The texture of the couch/pillow fabric behind your bear would make an awesome texture!! I’m seeing texture everywhere since I began creating my own! LOL

    i love my furry teddy bear friends, even if they are bigger than me! i took one for my all things bright and beautiful wherein he was opening the fridge for a midnight snack!

    WOW – awesome edit!!