Have you used textures in your photo editing? Alishia Osborn, from Just Leesha, is here with some tips on finding and using photo textures to add drama and interest to your images.
When I first started editing photos a few years ago I was drawn to pictures that had a different look. I didn’t know it at the time, but many of these photos were using textures.
Wanting to learn how to utilize this editing method myself I trudged down the path of discovery to learn what exactly a texture was, and how I could use them.
Now, after a few years of editing with textures I would like to share what I have learned with you.
What is a texture?
A texture is an image you can overlay on top of a photo that will add anything to a dark grungy look to a subtle grain.
Textures allow you to take what could be viewed as a somewhat ‘regular’ shot and turn it into something with a little more depth and mood. It works great on photos where you are trying to convey more feeling.
Can I make my own textures?
Yes! Photoshop offers a few textures that you can use. You can find them under the Filter tab as seen below:
Where can I find other texture options?
Many artists, including both pro photographers and hobbyist, offer their work at no expense to you. This is great when you’re first learning about textures and how to use them. Just remember, when using utilizing another person’s texture image always make sure you give credit back to them.
If you find that you love textures (like me!) a small investment into some high resolution texture images is worth it. Jessica Drossin offers many different options as well as Love that Shot, and Paint the Moon.
How do I use a texture?
Like many photo editing tools, you have to be careful when using textures on your photos.
Without the proper adjustment of opacity and overlay you can essentially wash out (or completely cover up) what could be a great shot. For a step by step tutorial on how to add textures to your photos, visit my Photoshop Tutorials page on my blog.
Overall, using a texture is a simple and effective way to change the look of your photo. With just a few minutes and clicks of the mouse you can take a run of the mill photo and punch it up bit.
For more photo tips, tutorials and everyday captures please visit Alishia at www.justleesha.com