Combine textures with the image in Photoshop

In this tutorial, you will learn how to combine textures with an image for different effects.

Final result

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Step 1

To add a texture to an image, you must first position the texture layer on top of the image layer. Let’s open the stock image Landscape. This is the original image to which we apply the textures.

Step 2

So let’s open the grunge texture. Create a selection by pressing the keys (Ctrl + A) and then (Ctrl + C) to copy the selected texture. Go back to our working paper and press the keys (Ctrl + V) to paste the copied texture. Name this layer with texture “texture 1”.

Apply scaling to the texture according to the size of our document. To do this, press the keys (Ctrl + T) to activate the tool. Free Transformation (Free Transform) and use this tool to scale the texture.

Step 3

Change the blending mode for the texture layer to Multiplication (Multiply) and you get the first texture image!

The image looks a bit darkish, so reduce the opacity of the texture layer to 41%.

Step 4

The image looks interesting, but it is slightly shaded. Let’s try some other interesting blend mode. Change the blending mode for the texture layer to Soft light (Soft Light).

Blend mode Soft light (Soft Light) is a softer version of the mode. Overlap (Overlay), and increase the layer opacity to 100%. You can see that the contrast has intensified, and the color shades have become more saturated.

Step 5

Let’s try adding other textures. Turn off until now the visibility of the “texture 1” layer by clicking on the eye to the left of the layer thumbnail.

Open the Abstract Texture, move this texture to our working paper. Repeat all steps that are described in Step 2. Name this layer with texture “texture 2”. Please note that this is a more saturated texture with darker shades.

Let’s apply another interesting overlay mode Lightening (Screen). So, change the blending mode for the “texture 2” layer to Lightening (Screen), and also reduce the opacity of this layer to 38%. Now, the image looks worn and old.

Step 6

Another interesting detail is inverting the texture. Press the keys (Ctrl + I). Notice how the texture has changed.

Step 7

Let’s try adding another texture. Turn off the visibility of the “texture 2” layer. Open Old Paper Texture, move this texture to our working paper. Repeat all steps that are described in Step 2. Name this layer with texture “texture 3”.

Change the blending mode for this old textured paper layer to Bright light (Vivid Light), and also reduce the value Fillings (Fill) up to 63%. The image looks pretty pretty!

Step 8

But what if we want to keep the original color shades of our original image? In this case, discolor the texture layer (“texture 3”) by pressing the keys (Ctrl + Shift + U). So, we got a black and white version of the texture, combined with the image, while maintaining the original colors of our image.

Step 9

Let’s try changing the blending mode. Change the blending mode for the “texture 3” layer to Hard mix (Hard Mix). This is too intense mode, it enhances the color shades to the limit. Reduce value Fillings(Fill) up to 58%. You can also experiment with other blending modes and see how your image will look. If nothing scares you, you can turn on the visibility of all layers and play with the opacity values ​​of each layer, as well as with blending modes.

Step 10

As a small bonus, I will show you how to add texture to an image using the image itself. Turn off the visibility of all layers with textures, go to the layer with the original image so that it is active. Press the keys (Ctrl + J) to duplicate the layer.

On the duplicate layer, activate the tool. Free Transformation (Free Transform (Ctrl + T). Right-click on the document and in the menu that appears, select the option Flip horizontally (Flip Horizontally). Press Enter to apply the changes.

Step 11

Now, change the blending mode to duplicate the layer to Overlap (Overlay). Mmmmm, we got an interesting effect with symmetry, however, it is obvious that the image was reflected horizontally. And this is true, but we will resolve this issue in the next step.

Step 12

To duplicate the layer, add a layer mask, for this we go Layer- Layer Mask – Show All (Layer> Layer Mask> Reveal All).

Click on the layer mask so that it is active, and then go Filter – Rendering – Clouds (Filter> Render> Clouds). Hey, look at that! The image no longer looks symmetrical! You can additionally hide part of the image of the duplicate layer using a black brush, applying it on the layer mask of the layer.

Let’s summarize. Below are the steps that will help you when combining textures with images:

– Place the texture layer over the image layer (Step 2)
– Experiment with blending modes until you choose the one you like (the best, approximately, will be Multiplication (Multiply), Overlap (Overlay), Soft light (Soft Light), Lightening (Screen) and Hard mix (Hard Mix) (Step 3)
– Reduce the opacity of the texture layer if the effect looks too saturated (Step 3)
– If you want to keep the colors of the original image, then reduce the saturation of the texture (Step 8)
– Invert the texture to give your image a distinctive look (Step 6).

Final result

Author: Adrian Scheff

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