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Adding textures

From: Photoshop Creative Effects Workshop

Video: Adding textures

My high school photography teacher would often encourage me to experiment when printing images. In one case, she suggested I lay a thin fabric with a coarse texture over the photographic paper while exposing a print. I was just getting started in photography, and the image was frankly not that good, but the experience left an impression on me. In this lesson we'll take a look at how you can add this sort of texture to any photo. I'm going to start of by applying a filter effect to this image. So I want to convert the image to use smart filters that will maximize my flexibility.

Adding textures

My high school photography teacher would often encourage me to experiment when printing images. In one case, she suggested I lay a thin fabric with a coarse texture over the photographic paper while exposing a print. I was just getting started in photography, and the image was frankly not that good, but the experience left an impression on me. In this lesson we'll take a look at how you can add this sort of texture to any photo. I'm going to start of by applying a filter effect to this image. So I want to convert the image to use smart filters that will maximize my flexibility.

And so I'm going to choose. Filter, Convert for Smart Filters from the menu with my background image layer active.I'll click OK to confirm that decision, and now I'm ready to apply a filter effect. Specifically, I want to use the texturizer filter, so I'm going to choose Filter Texture, and then Texturizer from the menu, this will bring up the filter gallery with the texturizer filter active, and I can adjust the settings. You can see here I have brick effect, but I can change the texture to a variety of others.

For example, perhaps I'd like to use a canvas effect. I can then change the scaling and the relief, in other words how strong the lighting effectively is. How deep the texture actually appears on the image, and the direction of the lighting. I'll go ahead and click OK, now that I've applied those adjustments, and you can see I have an interesting textured effect on the image. But of course, there is even more creativity that we could potentially apply here. In many cases, when I'm photographing subjects, I'll capture textured photographs, in other words, photographs that are simply of textures found in the area that I'm taking pictures.

Here, for example, I have a cobbled road that I photographed. And I'm going to use this as the basis of a texture for my image. So, returning to my original image here, I'm going to turn off my filter effects. And then I'll use the "arrange documents" pop-up to arrange my images, so that I can see both of them at the same time. I'll click on the obbled road image with the Move tool. And then click and drag the image all the way over into my prog street image. I'll hold the Shift key and then release the mouse so that the image is centered in destination.

At this point, I can close the original cobbled road image and then continue working on my prog street image. Of course with the blend mode set to normal my new layer is completing covering up the underlying image layer but I can blend this layer into the underlying image by using one of the other blend modes. Here because I have a relatively gray scene and I just want to add contrast I'm going to use the Overlay blend mode. This will cause dark areas to darken the underlying image. And light areas to lighten the underlying image.

And then that effect is that I get a bit of a texture throughout the image. If I want to be sure that this textured effect is only affecting the luminence of the underlying image, and not the color, I can desaturate the layer that is applying this texture. So I'll go ahead and add a huge saturation adjustment layer. And reduce the saturation completely. But then add this adjustment layer into a clipping group with my cobbled street layer. So that only that layer will be effected. To do so, I'll simply choose Layer > Create Clipping Mask from the menu. And now, my cobbled street layer has been completely desaturated so that there is no color influence in the image.

By utlizing a filter or even photographic images to apply texture to a photo, the potential is limited only by your imagination. And the results can be quite interesting.

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