Have you ever been just a little curious about adding some interesting (and fun!) effects to your photographs with custom textures?
I know, I know, some folks may have shuddered a little bit. If you are new to textures and overlays, it may seem a bit intimidating.
Adding fun texture and color overlays to your work is actually really simple (and fun), I promise!
Take a look at how versatile a single texture can be!
I will start with a texture I created in Photoshop. I designed it from scratch using different colors, brushses and effects (sometimes, I do an original traditional painting and just scan it in to create a texture).
This particular texture is called “Aurora” (size is 4320 x 2880 px,). I used this texture in all of the examples below:.
I know, this texture looks a bit….dramatic. Those new to textures may not even understand how you can place something like this over a photo and have it actually enhance it. Let’s take a look!
I used this one texture to create several different effects. The trick is to BE CREATIVE! Use it right side up, upside down, diagonal. Make sure also to experiment with different layer styles and opacities ( I have a few examples below).
Most often f you are talking to someone about applying textures to photos, they will say that a large percentage of the time, they use the “overlay” or “soft light” layer mode. These two modes work really well for most cases, but you can certainly experiment to see what other effects you can get!
In this example, I copied the texture, pasted it directly over the photo, rotated it so it was “light side down”, then used the “color burn” layer mode at 20%. I did mask out the subject to prevent over darkening, but that was it! It added some neat color to the sky and some golden reflection in the water. (Click on the picture to see a full size example.)
Well, color burn, who would have thought! Not one you use very often, so it really is worth it to preview a few of the lesser used modes.
In this next example, I again, copied and pasted the texture over the photo, this time light side up. I used the “Overlay” mode at 40% and did no masking. It really created a nice spotlight on the upper half of the photo. (Click on picture to enlarge.)
Now that was simple one : ) Are you a texture believer yet? Ok, ok, here is another example:
This is again, the most widely used “overlay” mode, but I used it at 70%, with no masking. Simple application, really dramatic result.
Now here is one more example. For this one I used the “Divide” mode at 30%, with no masking. It had an overall brightening effect. (Click picture to enlarge).
One texture, with many uses. I hope this gives you a little insight on how they can bring a little fun into your pictures.
If you would like to try out this full size, hi res texture for FREE, Get it from my fan page here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Alex-me-design/190567480986754
Please link me your photos after you use it, I would love to see how creative you were!