Monday, March 09, 2009

Texture overlay on a photo


This is a snapshot taken on a windy day + a texture overlay.

An anonymous poster in my comments asked for a tutorial, so I'll try. This can be really simple to do. You just need an image of a texture to lay over your photo, it can be one you made or photographed yourself (I know a lot of people take texture snaps just for this purpose) or find some online, such as these very nice free textures.

Then all you do is open your main photo,
open the texture image in another layer that's placed above the main photo,
Set the blend mode of the texture layer to "multiply"
and that's it, you're done.
If your image doesn't look the way you want it to when you set the blending mode to "multiply", try "overlay" or some of the other blending modes to see which one works best with your particular photo and texture. And of course you can also tweak the texture's opacity level or saturation and so on until you're happy with the way it looks.

If you find it helpful to see things being done or need it more step-by-step, here's a good tutorial I found on youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7SKVvR8kzM

16 comments:

Rob Inukshuk 2:42 AM  

That's such fun!
Love that it looks like she's walking next to a poster and that shot of yellow is perfect.

Anonymous 3:43 AM  

Wow, this is great. :D Any chance of a tutorial or a link to one explaining how to do this?

floreta 4:49 AM  

great work! the texture definitely adds a lot. photoshop is great fun!

Bibi 8:01 AM  

I like the tilt and texture you've added.

Belgrade Daily Photo 8:04 AM  

Anonymous: I'll add a tutorial to the text under the photo. Good idea. :)

Fio 8:09 AM  

Wow! Great composition!
Congratulations :)

Greyscale Territory 9:10 AM  

This is the first time I have heard of this technique! Your photo looks brilliant with the overlay! The hint of colour for interest plus the grainy textures in the background create a fascinating atmosphere in the photo!

Ribbon 12:01 PM  

Great photo and thank you for sharing how you did it.

Best wishes Ribbon

Babooshka 3:27 PM  

I'm very much a natural photographer(my job and assignments call for untampered images) but this is a fabulous expamle of a layered image. Well done on both the image and explanation.

NYD 12:04 AM  

The texture adds an element that you probably couldn't get in real life.
I really like the way you have used photoshop on this. Not too much effect, very cool.

Ken Mac 4:36 PM  

Thank you. Beautiful!

Clueless in boston 1:52 AM  

Nice shot and angle. I think this picture would work even without the texture.

travelandtrips 8:51 PM  

Hi..
Nice blog..
Congratulation..
☆ Martinha ☆
=)
http://travelandtrips.wordpress.com/

slim 4:08 AM  

Shooting the angle you chose was a brilliant choice here. I like the textural effect.

cat 1:14 PM  

be entertained

Levinson Axelrod 6:44 PM  

This is a wonderful editing job. Nice result.

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