Add texture overlays to your photos to create unique artistic images
I’m pleased to offer several sets of high-resolution, royalty free texture images that can be added to your photos with any pixel editing program that supports layers with blending modes (eg, Photoshop).
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Texture blending is a fun way to get creative with your photos and transform them into something new and unique. In a nutshell, all you need to add textures is an image editor that supports layers, such as Adobe Photoshop. Some other editors, such as Luminar, have a built-in texture blending feature. Here are the basic steps to get you started, aka “Texture Blending 101.”
Open a photograph in your image editor, such as Adobe Photoshop
Drag a texture image file from a browser window (I use Photo Mechanic) onto the image editor, or use the “Place Embedded” command in Photoshop and choose a texture file. Note that high-resolution texture images work best, as they won’t produce artifacts during resizing.
Size the image to fit over your original photo and press Enter on your keyboard
In the Layers panel, blend the texture by changing the blending mode to something other than Normal. Try Multiply, Overlay, Screen, or Hard Light modes for starters. Then adjust the layer opacity to blend in the texture and reveal the photo underneath it.
You can also use Layer Masks to blend the texture in. Use brushes to “paint” out the texture from areas of your photo you wish to reveal.
Don’t stop there! Try using multiple texture layers, too!
Once you’re finished, adjust contrast and color on the final image. You can also finish your images in Lightroom after saving them.
I’m enjoying working with my latest set of royalty-free texture images. They work great with flowers and other images where the background is either out of focus or even blown-out.
I captured this image of sneezeweed flowers in Colorado last year on my Wildflower Safari (spaces available for 2018), and I used Adobe Photoshop to overlay the texture image. If you don’t have Photoshop, you can use Luminar to do the texture blending, too!