Add Depth and a Story when you Texture a Photo
A great way to add a story and depth to your image is to texture a photo. I do this often with photos that could use something extra to make them more dynamic. Kind of like the photo in the video you see today. A rusted chain can tell a story by itself pretty well. It shows age, strength, and restriction. However, a bit of texture on the photo can take that idea to the next level.
In today’s tutorial we are going to look at 4 methods you can use to texture a photo:
- Simple Blending Option: Drag and drop your texture on the photo and change the blend mode to either Soft Light or Overlay. From there adjust the Opacity accordingly.
- High Pass Texture Technique: Similar to the first method, but you create a High Pass Layer with an amount of 150 pixels. Also be sure to desaturate that layer with CTRL+Shift+U to ensure you do not receive any residual color on the photo from the texture layer.
- Blending Options | Blend If: Here you use any of the above methods and use the Blend If options to protect certain aspects of the photo like Highlights, Shadows, or individual Color Channels.
- Stacking: Use any (or all) of the above methods to stack multiple texture layers to continue to build the depth and/or story.
Always remember you are not limited to these 4 basic methods. Also consider Masking, Apply Image, and Filters.
Along with this tutorial is a Texture Package you can download (this is the same package from January of 2015):
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