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What software do I need to use the Nicolesy Texture sets?

The texture files are standard image file types, and come in both JPEG and PNG format. In order to use these and apply them to your images you will need software that allows you to work with layers, such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Elements or onOne Software's Perfect Photo Suite.

Are the texture files high-resolution? What is their file size?

Yes! Each texture purchased in the store measures 8000px wide (at the longest side) at 300ppi in Adobe RGB color space. (Free texture downloads are sized 4000px wide on the longest side.)

How do I apply a texture to my image?

The best way to learn how to apply these texture files to your images, as well as add layer masking and apply blending modes, is to head over to the How-to Videos Page.

How do I install my textures into onOne Software?

There are two ways to install textures into onOne Software. The first way is manually, and you can follow the instructions in this video tutorial. The second way is by using the .ONPreset 

  1. First, download your "onOne Installation File" from your download link.
  2. Then, double-click on the ".ONPreset" file. (This works best when the onOne Software application is either not opened, or is in the "Browse" module. If you have it open in a module, such as "Perfect Effects", then double-clicking the .ONPreset file will do nothing.)
  3. onOne Software will launch, asking you if you would like to install the textures. Click "Yes".
  4. The textures will install automatically, and you will see a window pop up telling you how many textures were installed. It will always show at least double the amount of files installed, such as, if you have a texture pack with 20 files, it will say "The preset package xxx has installed 40 new files", however you will only have 20 new texture files installed.

How do I apply textures using onOne Software?

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You can apply textures to images in onOne Software using one of two different methods: Perfect Effect's Texturizer filter, and also through Perfect Layers:

PERFECT EFFECTS:

  1. First, open a photo into Perfect Effects.

  2. Then, using the Filter Options panel on the right, select "Texturizer" from the drop-down.

  3. In the "Category" section, scroll down to the bottom and select your imported presets under the area that says "User".

  4. Select the texture you want to use from the "Texture" drop-down.

  5. Then, use the settings below to adjust the look and feel of the texture.

PERFECT LAYERS:

  1. Open your image into Perfect Layers.
  2. Next, on the left, click on the "Extras" tab. Click "User Extras", and then click on "Textures" to show your texture sets.
  3. Click a texture set to view the images, and then double-click a texture to add it to your photograph.
  4. A window will pop up asking you how to apply the image. Select "Add as a layer", and click OK.
  5. Your texture is now added to your document. It may need some adjusting, so you can use the adjustments to make these changes:
  • If you need to rotate the texture, click on the "Transform" tool on the left. Then, use the rotate icons on the top-right of your preview window to rotate or flip the texture. Click "Apply" when you are finished transforming the layer.
  • If the texture file is smaller than your image, click on the "Transform" tool on the left. Then, click on "Fill" on the top-right of your preview window and the texture will fit to your entire image. Click "Apply" when you are finished transforming the layer.
  • If you would like to blend the texture with your image, make sure that the texture layer is selected and use the "Blending" drop-down to select an option. "Overlay" and "Soft Light" are good options to start with, but you can experiment with other settings to see if there's one you prefer. Yo ucan also reduce the Opacity in the Layers panel to soften the effect.
  • To hide the texture in parts of the images, you can either use the gradient too, or the masking brush. The best way to blend it so that it looks natural is to set these tools at a low opacity.