Check out Different Texture Overlay You can add to Your Images

“Photos are memories of the past and tells a story every time!”

This is why people always want to have pictures which are best and edit them likewise. From professional photographers to novices, everyone wants to have the perfect overlaying texture.

So, you should be well aware of how to add a texture overlay to your images if you plan on doing it yourself. Through this blog, you will gain the knowledge of how to do such a thing with ease and quickly.

Hence, make sure you follow the steps below for ultimate results!

Step 1 (Example one: Parchment texture)

First of all, you need to select an image and place texture over it. From library panel, you can drag a texture to the photo you chose. Also, you can download different textures from places like Adobe Stock or can have your own.

Step 2

After choosing a texture, you need to make sure it fits perfectly. Press Ctrl+T for transforming it then, hold Shift key down and drag it from a corner. Make sure it fits adequately or else the overlay texture won’t be correct.

Step 3

After performing the step 2 correctly, you will see that texture hides a layer that’s underneath. Using Blend Modes is the easiest way to apply texture overlay. Blend Modes are of three distinct types dark, light and grey (midtones).

Step 1 (Example two: textures within Photoshop)

If you want to make a famous snow texture, then all you require is to open Library panel and search snow texture.

After this, the application will open up different textures of snow from which you can pick the one which fulfills your need.

Step 2

Applying snow texture will provide results with Photoshop by first going to Adobe stock and taking a pick. Also, you can drag a texture and place it on the photo directly after selecting one.

Step 3

To check whether it worked correctly, you can change to Screen Mode. It will show you a remarkable snowy texture overlay immediately.

Step 4

Now every texture has a higher quality to it.

You need to try different textures on images that you will get from the Adobe Stock until you get the one which you like most. For trying different ones, you will not have to pay anything.

Now if you come across the one, the outcome of which you like, you can opt for licensing it.

After licensing it, you will notice that watermark which was present at the bottom when you were trying different overlay texture, is gone and resolution is higher too.

You will have this image stored in Library for future usage.

To license right click and select License Image option!

Step 1 (Example three: utilizing Layer Masks)

Textures with Layer mask is something you can try your hands at for having a more commercial look of an image.

You can try the bluish texture overlay which makes the photo have a bluish hue; selecting Blend Mode will allow you to have an image like TV shows.

Using layer masks, you can customize it the way you want. By clicking on Layer Mask which you will find on Layer panel, will aid you to add masks to texture layer.

Step 2

For a better result select a broad brush with soft edges and set it at 50% opacity. The foreground color should be black.

With chosen Layer mask, paint areas near the face and body for reducing extra texture.

For making the background interesting, you can add some visual also.

Also, you can get try new things like color burn option for setting a distinct flavor. Also, you will closely work with Multiply, Overlay and Screen when playing with layer masks.

Each of these will give a different vibe from a single image. Depending on your choice, you can use soft or hard light for overlay texture.

Step 1 (Example 4: combining several textures)

Combining various texture overlay is another essential thing you should clearly know. It offers an astounding outcome if done properly.

For example, remember about the snow texture which was discussed in the beginning? Let’s take that while explaining this.

First of all, you need to load three layers of texture. You can simply take the snow, blue and another let’s say grunge texture.

You can use the blue texture around frames edges and then add any layer mask which you prefer or think will suit appropriately.

Step 2

In this step, you can use the Marquee Tool for creating a box. Make sure to fill it with black color which can be done pressing option+delete (alt+backspace).

This is a must before you try to do overlay photography inside the rectangle.

One can also turn this selection off by pressing control D.

Step 3

Now if you want, can soften the rectangle by opening up Properties Panel.

Start from the edges; increasing features will make edges smooth and astonishing. Now if you feel like multiplying, then all you need to do is change blending mode.

You will have the best overlay photography around the image’s edges. The next step you will come to know about the work required to be done in the middle portion.

Step 4

For the picture’s middle portion, you can turn layer visibility on. You will notice an orange-brown type of texture and position it accordingly. Changing this to multiply, takes you closer to the perfect texture overlay.

All this finishes the job of combining three textures. Next, you can refine it for a better outcome.

Step 5

For example, to refine it correctly, you can move the snow overlay photography on top. Also, you can try different things with opacity like dropping a blue edge to 50% or more.

The four different examples here show, how you can uses textures.

The four different examples state all the steps involved in handling every other kind of texture overlay for the ultimate result.

Following these steps will lend aid you to become an expert quickly on texture usage.

So, follow these carefully to have pictures which look amazing when you post them online!

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