I have fun playing with textures sometimes... and I know some of my friends like the drama a texture can add to an image and would like to try it but don't know how. So I figured I could share what I've learned with you:
- Open the picture you want to process;
- Open the chosen texture image; Select the texture by pressing Ctrl+A on the keyboard; then press Ctrl+C to copy it;
- Go back to your selected picture and press Ctrl+V to paste/place texture over the picture;
- Click on the Move tool (cross icon, to your left) to resize or adjust the texture file, if needed.
- Then go play with blending modes and adjust the opacity* until you see a result you like. My favorites: Multiply, Overlay, Darken and Soft Light … but try them all, don’t limit yourself! You can always undo moves and keep experimenting. Sometimes an image comes alive with a bold use of texture, other times the image looks better when the texture is very subtle.
- Once you’re done, go to Layer (at the top) and select Flatten image.
* NOTE: If you can't see the Layers palette, go to Window (at the top) > select Layers.
- Run the Gaussian Blur Filter if you want to make the texture softer or smoother.
- Go to Enhance > Adjust Color > Color Variations if you want to make your texture a little darker, or lighter or change its tones a little.
If these seem complicated to you and you’re not familiar with Photoshop, you can always use Picnik – it’s free and simple. (Go to Create > Effects > Textures). Choose one of their textures and apply them to your image, it’s easy, you just have to adjust the intensity to your liking.