Thursday, August 25, 2011

...applying different textures to one photograph...

I promised to provide examples of textures, from these new texture sets, applied to a photograph.  Here they are!   First, here are the two sets of four textures, from which I am selecting the individual textures.

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This is a photograph of a marble mosaic on the side of a building in Montreal.  I cropped out people beside the building and graffiti on the building.  You can see another building reflected in the glass window.

The first texture I applied to the above photograph is Monet Landscape from Set 1.  Since I am looking for an artsy feel, I used Difference blend mode, opacity 85%.  A Levels Adjustment was used to adjust whites and grays.  I also applied the Filter, Poster Edges and reduce the opacity of the edges to 30%.

Above I have applied Garden Notes from Set 1 in Difference blend mode, opacity at 95%.  I made a levels adjustment to bring in some white light.

Here, Garden Notes was applied using Overlay at 100%.  I duplicated the layer and reduced the opacity of the duplicate layer to 50%.

Here, Photography from Set 1 has been applied using Hard Light blend mode.  I then duplicated the layer and used a Layer Mask to remove some of the texture from the piece of art.  A Levels Adjustment was made to bring in more light.

Paris Postcard from Set 2 applied using Difference blend mode, opacity 85%.  Layer Mask used to remove some of texture.  Levels adjustment made to bring in more whites.

Photography blended in Hard Light 100% opacity.  Duplicate layer Layer Mask used to remove some of texture.  Levels adjustment to bring in more light.  Filter>Emboss used to achieve final effect.

Garden Notes blended with Hard Light 100%.  Duplicate layer and reduce opacity to 30%.

You have undoubtedly noticed that I am not the greatest of photographers.  I have a good eye in terms of choosing WHAT to shoot.  I do not yet have all the technical skills with my camera in terms of HOW to shoot.  Unfortunately, I am not improving the HOW as fast as I might like, because my goal is not to be a stellar photographer.  My goal is to produce beautiful photo art.

In fact, if I happen to produce a fabulous photograph, I am more inclined to leave it as is, rather than monkey with it digitally to 'enhance' it.  I'm sure you great photographers out there feel that way about your photography.  Photography is an art in its own right.  And sometimes we need to leave 'good enough' alone!

I say all this to help explain that the photographs I edit digitally usually have the potential of making a nice little piece of art even if they are not the best example of SOOC photography.  In fact, when out with my camera I am mainly looking for artfull possibilities rather than only photographic ones.

How you add textures and manipulate the pixels in Photoshop depends upon your goal.  If you are looking to enhance your photograph the steps will be quite different than if your goal is to create a little piece of art.  I like to make photo art from my photographs.

That is one reason why you will see that I often use the Difference blend mode.  It reverses the colors of your photograph and adds a drama and intensity that I like to use as a starting point to create art.

So as you work with textures I hope you will experiment with new and different ways to apply and manipulate them.  So many different looks are possible with one texture.  That is the special alchemy of  combining textures, photographs and Photoshop.

My favorite of the images edited above is the second - (Garden Notes from Set 1 in Difference blend mode).  So, now it's your turn.  I would love to see how you use the textures.  The possibilities are endless!

I have submitted one of the above edited photographs to "Your Sunday Best", hosted by my friend Nancy at A Rural Journal.  To visit Your Sunday Best, click on the button below.


  1. The differences in each of these are amazing Bonnie.
    At times, unless you look really closely, you would not know that the same photograph is being used. My favorite here is Monet's Garden.
    I just love those colors!
    Really beautiful work!

  2. Wow! What a dramatic photo to begin with. Then your textures create such different looks-all of them beautiful and artistic!

  3. Thanks for the 'recipes,' Bonnie. I try most of your ideas. Because of some limitations, I've been trying the textures on flower images....even the Surprise Grunge from yesterday.

  4. Love them all - my faves are 3, 4 and 8. I'm going to try these. Thanks so much, Bonnie.

  5. Fine and excellent processing in all, I like them all.

  6. I have to say I like the the original the best. I'm not that big on all the editing.

  7. Gorgeous textures you created Bonnie and I love this photo. Simple, yet effective texturing on all. Thanks so much for sharing at YSB this week!

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