In this tutorial, we will look at several ways to improve the texture captured on a camera using adjustment layers, a sharpness filter, and blending modes.
In this lesson, the wood texture was used.
1. Duplication and overlay
One of the easiest ways to improve contrast and texture colors is blending mode. Overlap (Overlay). Open the texture in Photoshop, create a copy of the background layer (Ctrl + J) and change the blending mode to Overlap (Overlay).
Before (left) and after (right):
2. Correction Layer Levels (Levels)
To improve texture detail, you can use Correction Layer Levels (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Levels) (Layer> New Adjustments> Levels).
Pay attention to the histogram in the settings of the adjustment layer. A mound begins to form not from the edges of the histogram window, but closer to the center. You need to move the extreme sliders to increase the contrast of the image.
Before and after:
3. Filter Smart Sharpness (Smart Sharpen)
Apply a filter to the texture Smart Sharpen (Filter> Sharpen> Smart Sharpen / Filter> Sharpen> Smart Sharpen). The following settings are well suited for sharpening wooden textures.
4. Gradient Map Adjustment Layer (Gradient Map)
With the help of the Gradient Map adjustment layer (Gradient Map) you can change the color of the whole texture and increase the contrast. The blend mode of the adjustment layer is Overlay.
5. Curves Corrective Layer (Curves)
Curves Correction Layer (Curves) allows you to more flexibly adjust the color and contrast of the image. With it, you can configure each channel individually.