Join Julieanne Kost for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding a texture to a photo, part of Photoshop CC 2019 Essential Training: Photography.
- [Instructor] Blend modes are an excellent way to apply a texture on top of a photograph. In this example, I have a Flower layer, and a Texture layer that I wanna add to it. In order to do this, I need to change the Blend mode. And while I can select the Blend mode from the list here, and roll over each one of these Blend modes, sometimes I prefer to use the keyboard shortcut shift + plus or shift + minus to go down through the Blend modes, shift + minus taking me back up through the Blend modes. You want to make sure that you have one of these top tools here selected while you do this that don't have a Blend mode option in the Options bar, otherwise you're gonna be changing the Blend mode for the tool.
Alright. I think I like the Soft Light Blend mode for this image, and I like the way that it's applying the color shift as well as the texture. But I might want to reduce the amount of texture over the flower. If, however, I add a Layer Mask to my Texture layer, and I select my Brush tool by tapping the B key, if I start painting over the flower, the problem is is that I'm hiding not only the texture, but also the color cast that that layer has introduced. So, I'm gonna undo that using Command+Z once to undo the paintbrush and Command+Z again to remove the layer mask.
Instead, I'll choose the Filter menu, and then Blur, and Gaussian Blur, and I'll add a really large blur to the texture in order to remove the texture but retain the color cast. Now, I wanna see the texture in most of the image. So, the easiest thing to do would be to fill the Smart Filter mask with black, because that's going to hide the Gaussian blur and therefore I'll be able to see the texture again. I'll use the keyboard shortcut Opt+Delete in order to fill with my foreground color.
And now, I'll select my paintbrush again by tapping the B key. I'll tap the X key in order to exchange my foreground and background colors so I'm painting with white. I'll use the right bracket to get a little bit larger brush, and I'm going to tap the three key to just decrease the opacity of the brush. Now when I paint in the Smart Filter mask, I'm going to be slowly revealing the Gaussian blur, which is going to be hiding the texture so that I can see the photograph underneath a little bit more clearly.
I can get a smaller brush, and continue painting anywhere in the image that I want to show the Gaussian blur. And where I show the Gaussian blur, I'm showing not the texture, but the color shift. Now in this image, I don't really think I care for the blue color shift. I'd rather have it be a little bit warmer. So one of the nice things about working with Smart Objects is that if you double click on them, you can edit the contents of the Smart Object.
The contents of this Smart Object happen to be a RAW file. It will launch the Camera Raw plugin. And then I can move the Temperature slider over to the right in order to remove that blue cast and warm the temperature of the image. When I click OK, Photoshop will re-render that from the RAW data, giving me the highest quality possible image. So there you go. An easy way to add a texture to a photograph.
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