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Photoshop makes it easy to add a texture to your image, either for aesthetic reasons or to emulate the look of printing on a specific surface. I want to show you a little shortcut, so I'm going to start in Bridge. If I know that I want this image to be opened as a smart object, I can use the File menu An then select place in Photoshop. Instead of opening this as a background layer, we can see on the layers panel that Photoshop has converted it, to a smart object for us. That way when I add my filter it's going to be added as a smart filter an be completely non-destructive. So under the Filter > Filter Gallery.
And then under the texture area, we'll move over to the Texturizer filter. Now there are a variety of different options that we can select here. For example, we can choose a brick texture or a burlap texture. We can go to that canvas texture, but I think the most organic texture is probably sandstone. And then we can scale the sandstone larger. Or smaller, and we can add contrast or increase the relief amount. Just going to back off on that and make this really subtle.
We can also change which way the direction of the light is coming, so if I want it to come up from the bottom. Or from the left, we can select those from the menu. And you can see it does significantly change the look of the texture. We can also invert that texture if we want to. We can even use this drop-down menu right here in order to load in our own texture. So if we wanted to take a photograph of a piece of watercolor paper or if we wanted to scan that paper, we could then load that as our own texture using the Texturizer filter.
For now I'll click OK. We can toggle this on and off to see the effect, and it's just that easy to add a texture to your images in Photoshop.
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