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!
Twenty high-resolution, royalty-free texture images for photographers and graphic artists.
I’m happy to announce the immediate release of the Digital Painterly Texture Pack. This set of twenty royalty-free texture images are hand-painted digital art by Jason P. Odell. Add them to your photos using any image editor that supports layers, including Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, and Skylum’s Luminar.
My new Luminescent Painterly™ texture pack contains twenty unique hand-painted designs, optimized for high-resolution images. Each image is 6000 x 4800 pixels and is compatible with any pixel editing software that supports layers and layer blending.