I've been wandering around Iron Acres the past few days taking pictures of stuff that would normally mortify me (cobwebs in the dirt floored coal room under the den, dirty windows, bark fungus, you get the idea.) And it's all because of something called textures and layers in Photoshop.
I won't go into the gory details here in deference to those of you who aren't interested in this sort of thing. Let's just say that for the camera hounds in the group, it's fun to go from eeeeeeeeeewwwww using a picture of greasy grimy gopher gutsy cobwebs like this---
and a closeup of a glass of iced tea like this,
and a butterlfy, to aaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhh creating a purdy picture like this---
It lends a whole new meaning to before and after, n'est ce pas?
If you have a use for it (web template background, powerpoint, etc), feel free to download the purdy ones. And you can always download the "ugly as homemade sin" one, too, and save it for Halloween. Just right click on the pic and do a "save as" to your computer.
Here and here are just two of several Flickr groups dedicated to providing free, downloadable textures along with tutorials. I'm still learning, but I have a few here.
Who knows, you may turn into a Photoshoppin' Phreak like me, too! (just don't say I didn't warn ya!)