I haven't played with textures in a while. It's always surprising to see how an overlay graphic or photo can add a lot of color, pop, or interest to an otherwise plain looking photo. If you're not sure how to use textures on your photos, please read my original tutorial here. A quick refresher: You paste a photo or graphic/texture on top of a photo and then change the layer properties to screen, soft light, or hard light. You can then erase areas where you'd like to remove detail.
Here's my photo before texture:
You can click on any of these photos for a larger view.
Then I added two textures from the Patti Brown Gallery Collection. Patti is such a sweetheart, and I really love the images she creates. They are always very artistic. Anyway I used Golden Sun Glow and Lavendar Ice, both in layer soft light mode. I erased the texture from his skin on both layers (using a large airbrush round brush with 70% opacity).
Here's a similar one with Beach Lights in soft light mode and a slightly different crop:
I forgot how much fun textures can be! The beauty of this technique is that each photo and texture will interact differently, so you can truly get creative with your combinations.
You can add textures to your photos using Photoshop/Elements, Corel, GIMP, pixlr.com, and any other editing software that uses layers. You can also lower the opacity of your texture for a more subtle look.
Some of my favorite resources for free textures:
- Shadowhouse Creations
- Free textures on Flickr
- Free texture applicator action from MCP Actions
- How to add texture to your image
- Follow me on Twitter for links to free textures and other editing resources