Texturing is easy as pie and can often add that little touch you are looking for. The process couldn’t be simpler:
- Grab a texture and place it on a layer above your photo
- Experiment with different blending modes for this layer until you find the one that looks best
- That’s it!
Ok I guess it’s a little more complicated than that – but not really! Let’s go over a couple of different scenarios and the complications that arise.
Here I’ve got my fully processed base photo:
and the texture I’m going to lay over it.
After clicking through the blending modes, Overlay looks best for this one.
It’s hard to see in this photo, but I’m getting a little bit too much texture in some areas where I don’t want it (on the arms and face), so I go to my texture layer and mask it off in these places.
The effect is pretty subtle but looks great when you view it large!
Here’s another scenario:
I’ve got my base photo
but I’m not really pleased with how it looks after normal photoshop processing so I’m thinking in this case that I’m going to use a texture to make the picture instead of just adding a little to it
After experimenting with the blending modes, I’ve determined that I like Hard Light on the background, but that it’s too harsh on the face
where as Soft Light is subtle enough on the face, but doesn’t enhance the background enough
Easy fix – add a couple of layer masks and BOOM, you got both!
Once again, the difference is pretty subtle and hard to see at this size – but you’ll discover all this when you do it on your own. Check out the final super large!
So that’s it for my little texturetorial. Don’t forget to grab your free high-res textures and give it a go!
And while I’m happy to provide you lovely people with my textures, I want to point out that it is incredibly easy and useful to shoot your own! Take a few minutes before your clients arrive and look your location for something that will make a good texture overlay. Both of the textures from this tutorial were shot at the same location as the photos: