Dust Storm coming – Using ON1 Photo Raw with textures

It has been a while since I did a video showing some processing and I decided it was time to do one.

This is not something I just discovered and have done other images in the past. Not sure this one worked out for the best, but you do get an idea of what I was trying to do.

Textures can be overrated or overused and it is definitely something that I have done as well. It isn’t always easy to know what to do with them or how to use them. I have 100’s of them so I am not going to give up on working how out to used them. Not yet anyway.

One thing I know is that they can be good for changing the mood in an image, or even the weather.

I was watching a YouTube video yesterday about tornadoes and there was one that had a heap of dust. So I thought why not try turning an image into a dust storm.

I have done it before, but not for a few years. I had the perfect image for it when I did it the first time, but I thought maybe I could try a different one. So I picked this.

It is a long exposure that was taken up at my mum’s place a few years ago. It would have been great to find something with wind, but I had no idea where to start looking for that. In the end, I thought maybe a photo with still objects might work best.

Since I am still learning to use ON1 Photo Raw 2023 I decided to use it for this video. It can be really good for this type of work.

I have done a video to show you how I ended up with this.

Is it great, probably not? Then again if you have ever been stuck in a dust storm it is very hard to see and it does get dark.

So if you want to see how I achieved this then watch the following video.

I hope you enjoyed this and think I will be doing more videos with textures. I need to find ways of using them so they work and look good. I hope you won’t mind.

Don’t forget if you want to try using ON1 Photo Raw then use the link in the left hand column.

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12 Comments

  1. Thanks for that Leanne. I have not used textures much but your demo of blurring, changing the angle, tone and opacity was useful to show how you can use them.

    1. You’re welcome Chris, I need to used them more, I have some really nice ones. I planned on selling them too, but haven’t got that far yet. It is amazing what you can do with them and how you can use them. Thank you.

  2. Thanks Leanne! I enjoyed this tutorial. You are truly an artist. I couldn’t even begin to envision what a picture would look like in a dust storm!

  3. So many decisions… Do you like the ON1 program? It takes so much computer just to operate it I’ve hesitated using it. Love your results.

    1. Yes, so many decisions and options. I don’t mind it, then again Photoshop is always my go to, but I think that is more because I know it so well and it does do a lot more. Then again you pay a lot more for it. I have to admit ON1 can be slow on my laptop, but when I’m using it I have discovered if I do a restart right before hand and don’t open anything else it works a lot faster. It also seems to work faster on jpegs than raw images. Thank you Ginger.

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