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Photo Series Slideshow and Texture Tutorial

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Scenery I experience everyday; made more interesting by shooting from a different perspective, cropping, and adding texture. When I add a total of twenty photos, I plan to print a photo book.

Working with Texture Overlays in Photoshop:

  • Develop your photos as usual, then crop and run actions if desired. For flexibility, do not merge layers. Then, add a .jpg photo texture at the top of the layers stack.
  • Working on the texture layer, try different blend modes to see how the photo changes.
  • Experiment with reducing opacity of the texture layer.
  • Try adding more texture overlays with different blend modes.
  • In the layers panel, try rearranging the order of the textures to see how the photo changes.
  • Try changing a texture layer’s position over the photo. For example, flip horizontally or vertically.
  • Add a layer mask to hide or reveal parts of a texture. You might want to brush away a heavy texture over a face or focal point. As you work on the mask, you can use the brush at 100% opacity or reduce the opacity, allowing some texture to remain.
  • If desired, add color balance or hue/saturation adjustment layers at the top of the layer stack to tweak colors. Add a levels adjustment layer to improve tonality. You can also brush on the adjustment layer masks to modify. And you can change the blend mode or opacity of the adjustment layers.
  • The final result can make an ordinary photo look more artistic. Some textures to try: vintage colors, heavy or lightly distressed, dark and mysterious, sunwashed, painted, crackle, bokeh, cloth, wood, rust, stone, text, creased and folded paper.

Free photo textures:

Shadowhouse Creations

Lost and Taken

Photo Textures on flickr

Author: Karen Chandler

Metal clay jewelry, nature photography, and digital scrapbooking are Karen's passions. She is mostly self-taught, enjoying the learning process as much as producing her works of art. Karen's jewelry features fine silver, copper, and bronze. She sculpts and refines metal clay, then kiln fires her pieces and polishes them to perfection. The process allows for exciting interpretations of symbols, shapes, textures, and combinations of metals. A long time user of Photoshop, Karen loves to create digital layouts with her photos. Her layouts and albums are a diary of sorts; documenting milestones, recording happy times, and celebrating her love of nature.

One thought on “Photo Series Slideshow and Texture Tutorial

  1. Very cool Karen! These are going to make a fabulous book! 🙂