Adding Texture Overlays to your Portrait Photos

Dearest bloggers and readers, did you know that adding texture overlays and using the different blend modes in Photoshop and Elements can give lots of dimension to your photos? Let me show you how!

Don’t forget to click on the photos if you want to see them larger.

I took this photo of my daughter Amy and her boyfriend with a white backdrop.  The photo is stark, modern and quite clean-cut.

I added a coloured and textured overlay to produce heritage style results.

The next texture overlay yielded a more arty-shabby chic result.

The last texture overlay gave the photo a lovely canvas texture.

This can be done quickly and easily in Photoshop and Elements.

The textures are layered over the photo and different Blending Modes applied to produce the required effect.  ‘Blending Modes’ are a very powerful tool in P/S and Elements as these change the way the layers react with each other.  The program does all the hard work and works out the results mathematically.  For the user all we have to do is to scroll through the different results and choose the one that we like.  If the effect is too heavy we can reduce the opacity and if the effect is in an area we don’t like (eg middle of the subject’s face) the overlay can be fully/partially removed from that area.

The most commonly used blend modes are ‘Multiply’ which acts to darken, ‘Screen’ that lightens and ‘Overlay’ and ‘Soft light’ which add contrast.

Have a look at the following screen shots showing you how I achieved the above results.

Thanks for calling by. — Jenny


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