Bonus: Adding Textures to Photos
So the next thing we have in our little grab bag here of bonus stuff is gonna be textures, adding textures to images. I gave you a bunch of textures with this course, but one of the things that I did not show is necessarily how to use them. (laughs) I showed you how to use grunge textures, those grunge layers that we apply with your screen, or with Multiply, but the same kind of thing applies with a regular texture. If we just go back out here, we'll go to our Lessons, and go to our Extras, and go into our Textures. These are all the textures that I have given you with this course. You can see, let's just take, this is one of my favorite ones. Let's open this one up. And I'm gonna apply this texture layer on top of this image here. I'm gonna press V for the Move tool. Just press it and move it. Press and hold Shift. If it's bigger, just press Control+T, and then Control+0, and get it back down to the size that it needs to be. 'Bout right there. We could've gone a little bit smaller, bu...
t that works for me. So a texture by itself is not actually a texture. It's an individual layer, the individual picture that's been taken from something that looks tactile in nature, therefor texture is the word that we use for that. I like to spend a lot of time around dumpsters. They have the best textures on the planet. (audience laughter) So I tend to shoot them with my cellphone, with the flash on, because I want a washed-out look. I don't want to have shadows and depth and stuff inside that texture, because those shadows will apply themselves to the image. I want just a basic color swatch with deteriorated stuff on it. So if we think about a texture, and how we can use it in our photographs, we need to think about that texture in the layer, and think about the layer and those apps. So what can we use? We can use Blend Modes, we can use Blend IF, we can use opacity. We can use all kinds of things to get this texture to blend in with the image. So I could change this mode to Soft Light. And you can see that we have the texture, these little lines kinda rippin' through the image there. If I press Command or Control+I, I get a whole different look for that. They go from being red lines to being blue lines. Command or Control+I on any layer is gonna give you its inversion, it's gonna give you a second option. So if I change that from something like Soft Light to maybe Overlay, again it's gonna give me a different look. Press Command or Control+I, now it's gonna be more powerful and more potent because that's the difference between Overlay and Soft Light. Those two blend modes work really well together on this. Now with those other Grunge layers that we showed before, we used things like Screen, and we used Multiply. You could still use Screen and Multiply with an image that's not black and white, they just tend to work a little bit better with black and white images. So if we change this to Soft Light. Let's do Overlay, actually. We can also use opacity here. Or we could double click inside here and use Blend Modes, and Blend IF. So if I double-click on this, I can press Alt or Option on the dark areas, and let those dark areas shine though this texture, and let the light areas shine through this texture, like they aren't going to be effecting those windows at all. And there we go, K? So there's a series of textures that are included in here, and what I want you to do is I want you to play with them on your photographs using all those different apps. You got your Blend Modes, you got your Blend IF, you got your Overlay, you've got your opacity, and you've got your Fill. All those different things that can be used to modify one layer, and how it applies itself to the layer underneath. Another thing about that too is it not necessarily with textures, but with the painted background. I'm also giving you painted backgrounds here. The painted backgrounds can be used very well on images of people. So this is a perfect example. I photographed my wife on (chuckles) our basement wall. You can even see my lights in the background there. Again, I told you, whatever you have as your studio is good enough, right? Just use that. She needed a quick image to put, I forget what it was for, it was for something. She needed something as like a, it wasn't a profile image, she needed something for her business. So I said OK, just go ahead and set up, and I'll go ahead and shoot it for you. Just a quick little headshot. But I didn't have any good backgrounds to put behind her. So what I did was, I just shot her in the studio, and then I made some painted backgrounds from Textures to make them look like paintings that I could then put behind her to almost look as if I shot and photographed her on a painted backdrop. So I'm gonna go ahead and open up. I've already pre-baked this. I pre-baked it so that she is not there. Her background is not there. So open up this, open up this, open them up in Photoshop. And this will be an example of one of the painted backdrops that I'm giving you. It's not gonna look perfect right out the box. And there's a reason. I want you to be able to do different things to this so that you maybe do different colors with it, or you blur it or you do something, but this is just your base that you can add. So if I press V for my Move tool. Move this behind here. It's kinda like a composite. Press Command or Control+T to get it to fit inside this canvas, and then put it behind her. Doesn't look very good, does it? Nope, not really, but what I can do is the same trick I did before in our compositing trick. Add a new layer, B form my Brush tool, to make it look just like it would look if I were to photograph her on a backdrop that has light on that backdrop, OK? And now, I can change the color and alter this backdrop. I can make a color overlay, and maybe change that to a blueish color, or a cyanish color that'll be nice and attractive towards her skin tone and her shirt. And then change that Blend Mode to color and that will change that painted backdrop's color. Maybe drop the opacity a little bit, let some of that shine through. And, I can go to Filter, Blur, Gaussian Blur, and I can blur that painted backdrop to make it appear like it's disappearing with the bocca there. I need some further work to do on probably her portrait after this, but you can see the difference between something like that, something like that. (laughter) Hey, it's a lot better. So those painted backdrops can be used for just about anything. Don't take them necessarily for face value, 'cause if you do, they're not that pretty. You can also use Curves adjustment layers on them too. So if I were to take a Curve, on that backdrop, could brighten up that backdrop a little bit too. So it's not competing with the foreground elements. It's kinda like using a texture, but here's, it's kinda like the mixture of a composite, and a texture in a way.