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Photograph taken at Old Buittle Tower.
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"The Border Reivers were bands of brigands, organized in family groups (rather like the Clans of the Highlands of Scotland) who caused anarchy in the lands on either side of the Scotland-England Border for over 300 years, from the 13th Century until the early years of the 17th Century. They committed theft, robbery, 'recett' (the selling on of stolen goods), murder, wounding, arson, kidnapping and extortion. Their actions introduced words such as "Blackmail", "Bereaved" and "Gang" into the English language. "

No Kilt

And in case you are wondering about the lack of a Kilt...

"Scottish Reivers did not wear Tartan (or “plaid” as Americans erroneously call it). The idea of wearing tartan would have been anathema to the Lowland Scots", as it was the Highland Scots that wore the Tartan.

The Galloway Pony

"Although Reiver could operate as foot louns they were more adept at working as horsemen. They were counted as some of the finest light cavalry in Europe...

The key to their success was their horses. This was a now extinct breed, variously termed “The Galloway”, “The Hobbler” or “The Nag”. The Galloway, as a breed, died out in the later years of the 19th Century, but its bloodline still survives in the Fell Pony and its near relation the Dale Pony.

Fell ponies, and their Galloway ancestors, are amazingly sure-footed, fantastically strong, with an excellent turn of speed and with tremendous stamina.

Their fate was inextricably linked to that of the Reivers. James VI realised that without their horses the activities of the the Reivers would be severely curtailed. So he enacted banning orders on the keeping of horses in the Border country. Once the Reivers were gone and “peace” returned to the Borders (which would remain a turbulent place for at least another 100 years) then the only requirement for horses was for farm work."

There are more photos from this series in my scrap book if you need more references. They will generally be more blurred or have reflections over the top if they are in my scrap book.
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The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles most trusted ally from the original cartoon.
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How to make a grungy brush

One incredibly useful tool in photoshop is a good dynamic grungy brush.

The human eye looks for detail and texture, or patterns and regularity. If you use a hard edged round brush in your work, there will be hard edged circles in your work. We're very good at picking them out, so your audience will see them. On the other hand, if you use a brush with splattered edges, a random orientation and a variable size then there will be no pattern anywhere. Then the human eye sees other patterns and forms. It sees texture that isn't there, and fills in regions with the texture it believes it should see.

So - build yourself a nice random grungy brush to fill in texture and you're getting your viewer's overactive brain to do 9/10 of the work for you. This is an inescapably Phosothop centric tutorial. You can achieve similar results in Gimp but the process is pretty different.

In Photoshop, either create a splattered shape by dropping ink on a page and scanning it in, or pick up this set of free brushes here: [link]

1. Use a collection of the brushes or ink shapes to make an roughly oblong shape with lots of spikes, spatters and edges. Add some opacity variation to build up the shape. Select the full shape and go to Edit->Define Brush Preset.
2. Go to the brush dialog. It's going to look pretty dull. To make it more interesting add some shape dynamics. I set the brush size to be determined by the pen pressure and throw some size jitter on top. Add in 100% angle jitter - this will turn the brush from an obviously repeating shape to a random smooth brush. Now save the brush - by clicking the New Brush Preset button at the bottom right of the brush dialog.
3. Play with your new brush! It should give you a nice variable spattered texture.

Later in the week we'll be using this brush to finish up and colour last week's trees.

As always, feel free to share this round if you find it useful. Previous posts can be found on the tutorial page of the blog: [link]

#fmtips #map #tutorial #photoshop #brush
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Michelangelo as he appeared in the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon.
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Accessories for the 1988 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Cubeecraft from the direct to DVD TMNT movie "Turtles Forever".
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The robotic minions of the Shredder in the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon.
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Reflective, thoughtful close up images.
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Mass Effect 3, Collectors © BioWare/EA.

You can download the full size version for a better quality image.

My full list of references can be found here.

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Donatello as he appeared in the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon.
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Raphael as he appeared in the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon.
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