Textures Compositing

April 09, 2015

During my last blog I provided references to different blend modes in photoshop.  To continue this discussion, the link below provides how to add TEXTURES to your images once again using blend modes. 

At times, an image may look just a little flat, and you may be wondering how you can make your image pop. One method is compositing textures into your images. Textures may come from many sources, some commercial (e.g. Amazon)  , some free from the net (e.g. Mayang.com)  , and even some that you shoot yourself. Taking a day to go out with your camera and shoot wood, metal, stone, or any material that has a textured surface can give you a significant library to pull from when editing your images. 

The secret to photographing quality textures yourself is to assure that you have even lighting and that you are perpendicular to the surface that you are photographing. Even minor camera tilts may produce unsatisfactory results.  Unless you are shooting for creative effects, make sure that your shutter speed is fast enough to avoid image blur. Try to avoid flash when photographing surfaces like stone, since this may create unwanted highlights.

Once you have your textures, use techniques like described in the link below to bring a new level of creativity to your images.