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Photoshop makes it really easy to add a texture to your image. Now you might want to do this just for aesthetic reasons or you might want to make it look like you've printed your image to say a canvas, while in fact you really haven't, you just have that texture embedded in the image. So how would we do this? Well, we would convert our Background into a Smart Object, so we would do it in a flexible manner, and then we can choose Filter and then Filter Gallery. In the Filter Gallery under the Texture area we have a filter called Texturizer. Now by Default the Texture that it's going to apply is a Canvas Texture, but we can change that to a Brick Texture or Burlap Texture, or even a Sandstone Texture.
I think probably the Sandstone Texture is one of the more natural textures. We can change the Scaling of the texture making it larger or smaller, we can change the Relief which basically is adding more contrast to make it look like it's a deeper texture or a softer texture. We can also change the direction of the Light, we make the light coming up from the Bottom, from the Left, from the Right and so on. I am going to use the Top Right. One additional option that not many people know about is there is a dropdown menu right here to right of the Texture, where you can actually load in your own Texture.
So let's say for example you have some handmade paper. If you want to get that texture in Photoshop, simply take a photograph of that handmade paper and then you can Load that Texture to be used with this Filter. When we were finished click OK and you can see here's before and here's after. Just in case we don't get to see that on the video after it's compressed, let me zoom in to a 100%, and show a before and after. And there you go, it's that easy to add a texture to your image. Then if you printed this, obviously it would look like you're printed it on a textured surface, when in fact you may not be.
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