Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Textures For Photoshop

Today's photos are not anything special by themselves.  Instead, when combined with other images, they can add interesting textures and depth to otherwise ordinary images.  There are tons of tutorials online on how to best use textures, but basically, if you are using Photoshop, all you need to do is place one of these images over your picture that you want to add texture to, change the opacity of the layer, and then just mess around with the layer mode, saturation, exposure, and whatever else you think would look good.
All of these textures are free to anyone who wants to use them.  All I ask is that you leave a link to what you used it for....thanks!

Old Book Cover
This texture is from an old book cover.  It can be used to make photos look much older than they really are.

This rust was on the side of a green dumpster.  It would be a great texture for a grunge look.

This image has a lot going on in it.  The cracks and darker parts would make this texture work well as a grunge texture as well. 

Portrait of an Old Man, Staring
This is a portrait of one of my uncles.  I took this photo at my sister's wedding, not today.  It was the first image I had access to, so it became the image that had some of today's textures tossed onto it.  Definitely not the best use of the textures, but I just wanted to give an example of what can be done.
For another example of using textures, look at yesterday's post.  I used an old paper texture for the first photo.

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