Here's a little texture I made from one of those cushionned lap pads you park on your knee for writing while nestled in a comfy chair:
Let's play with these two images and see if we can come up with something that is more than the sum of the parts!
To get the above effect, I applied the texture on the image, set it to the blending mode (in Photoshop Elements) Pin Light, adjusting the opacity to 46%. I cropped the image to eliminate a 'blown out' area in the upper left hand corner, and added a white frame. Very basic I know, but I want to share what I have been learning and how I am now applying the learnings.
Now the above romantic, ethereal, desaturated look is all the rage, but look at what else you can do using the very same components - the original photograph and the above texture with different manipulations in Photoshop:
I like the abstract improbability, mystery and drama of this second Photoshop manipulation. To create the above look, I added the texture to the photograph, set the blending mode to "Difference" with the Opacity adjusted to 82%. I then went to Layer - flatten layer - duplicate layer. Then on to Filter - Artistic - Poster Edges. I added the frame and my initials and et voila!
To add the above "Bonjour ma douce" texture to your Texture Library simply click HERE. It's my little weekend gift to you. Enjoy. My only request is that you not resell or repackage this texture as your own.