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Using Textures

Textures are oh..my..GOD.. so much fun! If you have never used a texture before, you are in for a treat.

The first image is the original that came straight out of my camera. (I need to put in a disclaimer here – I am not a photographer. I shoot “touristy” images and not National Geographic-type images!)

Original

This next image was after laying three of my textures over the top, two on blend mode Soft Light, one on Overlay, then opacity reduced on all layers. The specific textures I used came from The Cynthia Collection Part 2, The Cynthia Collection Part 1, and  Fine Art Texture Set 5.

Textures Added

Notice all the amazing textures and colors that are now in the rocks and brickwork of this building!

Here’s what you do:

Get a photo of yours that you love (please note that not all textures will work with every photo you have.  All you have to do is look through your stash and find the texture that does work!)

Grab a texture, place it over your image, then start playing with the blend modes.  These will be found on your layers panel:

Scroll through each blend mode to see what looks good, but keep in mind it doesn’t have to be exactly as it is.  You can reduce the opacity, desaturate the layer (I do this a lot!).  If the texture is too intense on your subject, attach a layer mask to the texture, grab a soft brush, lower the brush opacity and start “erasing”!  It’s as easy as that to begin learning how to make your already awesome photograph into a work of art!  And to start you off, I am including a free texture for you which includes an Artistic Use license!

I would love to see what you have created with my textures!  Post them in our Facebook group, Texture Addicts, to share!

I hope you have as much fun playing with textures as I do!

Artfully yours,

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