Adding textures to the mix - Digi-Steve Photography

ADDING TEXTURES TO THE MIX

Let's start by saying ... I LOVE TEXTURES! I use them in 90% of my work, in various different ways.

I had the pleasure of beta testing some awesome textures that Kelly Robitaille created for PRO EDU. Having used her textures in various of my images I decided to write a blog and show you how you can add textures to your own images. Let's have a look!

USING TEXTURES AS A BACKGROUND

Using a texture as a background is something I do a lot. A simple texture can really take an image from great to awesome.

Let's have a look at the image of Beckah Suicide below. The image on the left is an OK image and most people might be happy with just that. In the image on the right I added one of Kelly's textures (Haze). Since the original image was shot on a grey background, it was only a matter of seconds to replace the background (You can check out my video tutorial for this here:  https://youtu.be/puOQw_Aw2TA). Just by adding a simple texture to the background we gave this image a whole different feel...a more cinematic look.

After adding some colour adjustments, I finished the image of by using the detail extractor from the Nik Color Efex plugin. This just added a bit more detail in the background and the overall image. 

Very subtle but very effective!

USING TEXTURES AS AN OVERLAY

We looked at how we can use textures as a background. Another way of using textures is as an overlay. It's not complicated to do this and it can really tie an image to a story, give it that finishing touch.

Below you will see two images I recently shot at my studio with the amazing Faith Roswell and Mike Mason (wearing props by Vengeance FX). To finish these images I used Kelly's Film textures. The Film and Grunge ones are probably my favourites! 

In these examples I used Screen blend mode and dropped the opacity to 40%. I did tell you it's not complicated ;) As always in Photoshop... try out different blend modes and you will be surprised at some of the interesting outcomes you can achieve with using a simple texture.

Again... very subtle in this case... but very effective!

MIX IT UP!

If I was to give someone a golden tip in Photoshop it would be... Try things out! There are many times where I'm just messing about in Photoshop and all the sudden I created something very cool!

In previous topic I already mentioned about playing with blend modes to create some interesting look and effects.

In this example here I used a motion blur on a texture and used the result as a background. Again something very simple but... I love the result! 

I finished the image with another texture as an overlay. This added a nice grungy feel with fits in perfect with the character.


Conclusion

Textures are a great and creative way to add that little extra to your images. When using textures, remember this little blog. Be creative! Play around in Photoshop... You never know!

Want to give it a try? 

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