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Textures in Photography

I’ve been seeing textures used in photography more and more lately. They kind of freaked me out but I really liked the effects so I finally decided to try and learn. I am by NO MEANS an expert and know I have a lot to learn but I think I have the basics down.

I purchased a set of textures from Jessica Drossin but if you don’t want to spend the money, just google textures or search on flickr. There are tons of great free ones out there.

Here is the jest of what I am learning about textures.

  1. Open the image you wish to put the texture on.
  2. Open the texture of your choice and place it over the image.
  3. Stretch the texture so that it completely covers your image below.
  4. Now you can play with the layer mode that best suits your image. I have typically used overlay but you can play around with others like soft light, vivid light, screen, etc.
  5. You probably don’t want that texture over your skin tones and if you were to go in and erase it you would change the color in the skin. Instead, pick a mid-tone from the photo and paint with your brush onto the texture layer over the skin. This will erase the textured look but keep the color.
  6. Now you can go in and erase or mask out over the skin (and anywhere else you want to make it more subtle) at about 20% or to taste.

Here are a few that I have done on some old photos. Before and Afters. I really like how they warm them up. I don’t know that these are the ideal images to try this technique on but it gives you an idea. I can’t wait to play more!

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Thursday, March 11, 2010 - 3:50 pm

Hollan - Hey! You finally got your comments section working! I love the textures! So, can I get some bootleg textures from you? JK. I wouldn’t know what to do with them.

Thursday, March 11, 2010 - 3:52 pm

Crissie McDowell - I’ll teach you. We can learn together!

Friday, March 12, 2010 - 8:35 am

Dawn Bennett - Awsome it does make it softer. I’ll have to have you do Baileys senior photos you will do a much better job than I.

Friday, March 12, 2010 - 9:14 am

Crissie McDowell - You have to try it Dawn. It’s really fun. Ohhhh…that would be a FUN idea.

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