A Basic Texture

Using Opacity

Before and After

I’ve added textures to my images from darkroom to  photoshop, to make my images original. 

Everyone wants to know to do Textures at the moment as it’s ‘The Thing To Do”

Collecting textures is something I do on a daily basis. Once you’re tuned to look for hem they jump out at you.

The Basic Rules are take your own textures, don’t download and use others images.

Starting to use textures. Choose a maximum number of textures. I’d suggest using up to ten. Learn to use these and how they react on different images. There are lots of ways to apply a texture. The easiest is using Opacity.

All My Images are created solely in Photoshop. I’ve chosen a simple still life to start with as you can see the way the texture reacts to the image better. 

Drag & Drop you texture over the image with a starting point for your texture is 75% opacity.  Then just play until you’re happy with the combination.

Texture 1

Texture of the ceiling in my kitchen.

Texture Two

Texture of a rock from a wall.

Try several texture on the image to see the differences and one may stand out to to better than the others.

Once, you’re happy with it you then continue to create your image in anyway you want. It is aways about being the individual not one of the pack. 

You may do several images before you’re happy with it, the more you do the easier it becomes. 

Happy accidents are often the way forward. I’ve achieved gold medals on ones that simply did something unexpected. 

I’ve used four textures and given you an example of each outcome. Which one would you have chosen? 

Texture Three

Texture from a derelict building

Texture Four

My Choice water damaged plaster

This is my final choice.

I like the way the two worked together and  the delicate shapes created by the texture on the flowers.

Total number of layers, six, total number of images two but don’t forget the little bit of magic too!

Coming Soon – Blending Modes.

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