Two Easy Ways to Add Texture to Your Photos
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Gritty cell-phone photos are the new faux-vintage, but we’ve got another way to add filters to just about any photo.
We’ll teach you two ways to add pattern to your pics. A little lace and some sunlight will re-invent your shots with shadows.
…While a scanner and crumpled paper will make people want to reach out and touch your photos (mind the fingerprints on the screen!).
Why Texture’s Cool
Sometimes you take a photo that just feels like it’s missing something. Fix up that lonely photo by adding some texture to it with layers in Photoshop or by using fabrics like filters when you’re shooting.
You can even choose a texture that complements the story being told in the photo itself. You can get doubly creative by mixing and matching themes and ideas!
Method 1: Shoot with Fabric as a Filter
- A yard or two of fabric – lace works great, but think chiffon and taffeta too!
- A window
- The Sun (may not appear exactly as shown)
Step 1 – Stretch!
You’ll want to stretch that lace over a window (or get some friends to hold it taut above your subject!). Use tape to hold the fabric in place or the promise of a candy for your assistant friends.
Step 2 – Shine on!
Step 3 – Add texture to your photos!
Oh the dreamy possibilities!
You should see a pattern shadowed over your subject. The brighter the sun, the bolder the pattern. Snap away while the texture’s hot!
Method 2: Fake it!
- 4″x6″ textured fabric or paper
- A scanner
- Photo editing software
- A photo that’s just crying out for a bit of je-ne-sais-quoi
Step 1 – Scan away!
Drop a chunk of fabric or a piece of paper onto your scanner and scan it at a high resolution. Don’t worry about it being perfect – the whole idea is imperfection!
Step 2 – Layers upon Layers!
Copy and paste the texture into a new layer on your photograph. Your photo will be entirely obscured at first, but don’t worry, like Rocky, it’ll make a comeback!
Step 3 – Blend it like a margarita!
Click through to try out a few different flavours (our favourites are Overlay and Soft Light) and watch the magic unfold!
Step 4 – Finishing touches
Mix it up with More Ideas:
- Write a message on a piece of paper. Then use the writing as a layer!
- Make your texture and photo interact. For example, shoot the photo as if your model is tearing apart the photo or crumpling it!
- Photograph textured surfaces! Think stonework, rusty metals, etc.
- Use your photo editor to give the texture color.
- Go for themed patterns on holiday photos to give it that extra blast of cheer (like snowflake cutouts for Christmas)
- Photograph glitter in sunlight and using the shiny dots as a sparkly layer over photos.