Photoshop Tutorial - texturing basics

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					Step 1 – Choosing the images
The first step is choosing the image you will be using. Pick a crisp, well shot image (quality of the original picture is
very important). Different textures create different effect, usually wood or stone textures create the best effects.
For this tutorial I chose this free image (fig.1) from I will also be using a texture (fig.2) to
transform this image.

Figure 1:

Figure 2:

Step 2 – Preparing the scene
Open the image, right click on the layer in the layers tab and click “duplicate layer”. Click on the newly duplicated layer
and desaturate it (CTRL+SHIFT+U). Now set this layer to “soft light”. This will give the image more consistency. Now
paste the texture and put it between the original image and the duplicated layer (fig. 3).

Figure 3:

Step 3 – Texturing
Click on the texture layer and set it to “color burn”. This blending mode may work on another image so it’s best to play
around with this. The best blending modes are “multiply”, “color burn”, “overlay” and “soft light”. Choose the one that
suits the image best. Now the image should look something like fig. 4. Starting to look good now. We’re almost done
Figure 4:

Step 4 – The finishing touches
Now for the finishing touches…
First thing that bothers me is that the texture is all over the image now. Erase the parts that you don’t want, leaving
texture only on the face or the desired area you want to texture. Leaving the texture all over the image will make it look
very flat.
Another thing that bothers me is the fact that the image is too orange, I want it to give it a dead look. Create a
hue/saturation layer above all this and play with the settings (I used these settings: hue: +170 and saturation: +29 then
set the blend mode to “soft light”).
One more thing needs fixing now…there are some light areas in the background with seem distracting to me, so I just
created a new layer above everything used the brush tool to paint those black.
That’s it…I hope you didn’t fall asleep during this tutorial but I wanted to explain most of the things related to texturing.
Now go and have fun…and remember “experimenting is the key”.

Final image

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