Monday, April 21, 2014

Using Textures To Enhance Your Photographs

Do you use photographs to embellish your blog posts?  Do you tweak them in a photo-editing program before you post them?  Bringing in some light, sharpening the image, increasing or decreasing the saturation are common tweaks.  Another way to enhance your photographs is by adding a texture to it.  I make a lot of textures and share them on my other blog, Pixel Dust Photo Art.

For example, the photo below was a rather dreary one to which I added a texture of my own making, did a Levels Adjustment and added the Photoshop Filter called 'Poster Edges'.  Below this image you will see the original photo.

 (you can click on the image to enlarge)

This photograph is SOOC (straight out of camera).  It was a 'drive-by shooting'.  Yes, it was shot through a dirty car window while driving about 30 mph.  Certainly nothing to write home about.  In fact, before I discovered textures I would have deleted this photo. But take a dreary photograph and add a fine art texture and you can create the transformation you saw in the first image. Magic!

Of course, a great photo does not need any enhancement ... unless you want to make a piece of art from it or create a composite using it.  Then applying a texture to a beautiful photo is one of your options.

Here you see three of my recent mini-set texture creations (four textures per set), the same SOOC photo, the transparent texture or overlay that I added to it and the varied results you can achieve using some of the different blend modes from Photoshop. Don't forget to click on the image to enlarge it.  :)

None of the four examples in the above collage have any other Photoshop manipulations applied at this point.  What you see are the photo, the texture applied and blended at 100% opacity.  The first image in this post is an example of what can be done afterwards with more Photoshop manipulations to further embellish your photo.

If you are interested in experimenting with applying textures or overlays to your photographs, do check out my Mini-Sets Texture Shop at my other blog, Pixel Dust Photo Art.  While you can purchase textures in the shop, I do give out free fine art textures on occasion.  You just have to scroll through the blog and you can download them right there.  Enjoy!


  1. i think you do amazing things with textures....and have seen others use your textures as well...they do some cool things...and i like the layering ones too...

  2. Thanks Brian. I just love making them. It is both meditative and addictive!

  3. love this edit Bonnie! I have sort of gotten out of using my textures as much, but this is so inspiring to get back on the bandwagon. Hugs to you!

  4. Surely this is a site well worth seeing.

  5. This is fascinating stuff for me, Bonnie, because I am naturally attracted to the creative potential of images that are considered humdrum or commonplace, the images we are all inclined to delete. I do some basic editing in many of my images — cropping, saturation, sharpness, etc. — but I haven't entered the arena of things like layering, things that allow one to basically create an entirely new image. Every time I see one of your creations, I tell myself that I must take the time to learn these techniques, but I never seem to do it. Once again, however, I'm inspired. I going to go back to your other blog and read more. Thanks for this.

  6. Thank you, George. You are right, you have to decide to start and then stick with it in order to learn artistic editing in Photoshop. At first it felt quite daunting (as I am not a computer whiz), but a basic level of mastery crept up on me. I'm glad I stuck with it.


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