We couldn't have been more excited to welcome back Hazel Meredith to our weekly live sessions! Hazel is an award-winning photographer, teacher, and workshop leader whose specialty lies in post-processing using textures, overlays, and software to create unique images. During this session, she put her teaching cap on and assisted our community with enhancing images in Photoshop!

Add Texture to Canvas

Add an edited image to Photoshop of a bird. See the image below for reference. Click on file, open, and set a folder. Double click to open the texture folder. Use the Move Tool and grab the texture from the Vintage Metallic Collection and pull it onto the screen.

Click anywhere in the texture and click and drag the cursor over the image. When you let go, it will add that as a separate layer. Line it up with the image.

Pro tip: The key to working with textures is to change the blending modes of the layer.

Above the layers palette, it'll say normal, which is the default option. Click to get a list of the blending modes. That is what controls how the texture interacts with the image below it. For this composition, choose soft light and adjust it by changing the opacity.

Using multiple textures for this composition, add a second texture from the Painted Texture Collection. Resize it according to the size of the image. Use the cursor in the upper right corner and get a curved arrow. Click to rotate the image horizontally. Stretch the texture to cover the image by adjusting it and dragging it off the sides.

Change to multiply, which is a Darkening Blend Mode. Bring the opacity to 50%. Turn off the visibility of the textures and click on the background layer. Duplicate that layer and take the Smudge Tool, which is the one that looks like a pointing finger, and use a fairly large brush to stretch the pixels.

Turn the textures back on for a consistent texture on the composition. Click back on the top layer to add the Foxing Borders. Change the Foxing Border to multiply, to darken.

Duplicate the border and click on the Move Tool. Rotate the second texture to get the texture on the sides as well. That’s it. Your first project is ready. This is a great way to add more interest to the image by using simple tricks.

Mask Texture Off Your Subject

Open an image of a yellow rose. See the image below for reference. Pre-mask the layer by duplicating it. Use the Quick Selection Tool and click on the selected subject. This will select most of the flower.

Create the mask once the selection is made.

Bring in the first two textures by dragging them from the Vintage and Metallic Collection. Stretch one of them over the image and drag it behind the image. Rotate the texture horizontally and add color to coordinate it with the flower.

Add a texture on top of the image by clicking on the top layer. Put a lighter color at the bottom and angle the texture to match the angle of the flower. Use Soft Light and bring it to 82 points.

Add Foxing Borders. Change to multiply and make it darker. Duplicate the layer twice to do this and make a stronger border. Use an Eraser Tool or Mask to modify anything.

Pro tip: Use the Healing Brush or the Clone Tool to get rid of things in the background layer.

This will finish another project for you by making adjustments to the image and adding texture to the subject.

Change the Texture

Add an image to the canvas in Photoshop. See the reference image below. Add texture from the Gold Ephemera Collection.

Change the texture to multiply and bring down the opacity to 51%. To remove the music on the bottle, add a layer mask and grab a Soft Brush. Choose a Soft Brown Brush and zoom in to clearly see the bottle. Make sure the brush opacity is at 100% to take all of the texture off.

Pro tip: To draw a straight line, move your cursor to where you want the other end of the line to be, and hold down the shift key. When you click at the bottom, it'll connect the dots and draw a straight line quickly.

Pick a big brush and set it at 50% Hold the shift key and click on the bottom of the composition. Use one of the vintage textures in a teal green color. Drag it and resize it to cover the bottle. Add a layer mask. Fill the layer with black first with an alt backspace instead of painting with black. Then use the brush and change it to white and reveal the color from those areas wherever needed. Add a soft light and give the bottle a tint effect.

Add another vintage texture. Rotate it sideways and stretch it out. Change it to multiply and bring down the opacity.

Pro tip: If you don't want to get too much of the warmth then add a black and white adjustment layer from the adjustments panel. Click the black and white and change everything to black and white.

For this composition, we’re only changing one layer. So clip those two layers together by pressing Control + Alt + G. This black and white will only affect that one texture and not the green and the background layer. Use the sliders to adjust the amount of contrast between black and white, depending on the colors in your image. This is how you can modify a texture by changing it to black and white.

Pro tip: Use the bracket keys to adjust the size of the brush. Use the left bracket to make it smaller and the right bracket to make it bigger in size.

Use the Foxing Borders. Drag that up to the top and change that to multiply. Duplicate the border to make it darker.

Pro tip: When you're masking and using both the black and the white brushes and need to correct something, if you hit the letter X on the keyboard it flips the foreground and background colors. Use your left hand on the X key and your right hand on the mouse or tablet pen, making it quicker to get through a masking project.

This will finish another project for changing textures.

Add Lightning Effects

Add an image with a pre-masked effect. Choose a texture from Vintage Textures and turn this image into nighttime. Change the Blending Mode to Multiply and then lower the opacity. Use a brush at 60% and take about half of the texture off.

Add lightning effects by dragging in lightning number 23. Make this a stormy sky by moving the effects and adjusting them. Rearrange the effects, making them look like they’re coming out from the clouds.

Congratulations, another project is finished by adding lightning effects to the composition.

Decide Which Texture to Use

Adding a texture requires trial and error, however practice helps. For example, the browns and tans are the colors that would warm up the image. The blues on the other hand are going to make it a cooler image.

For this composition, three versions are tested. So to add warmth to this foggy morning image as shown in the reference below, add a texture from the Vintage Collection, use soft light, and get it back to 85%.

To try a different effect, turn the layer off and add an orange color. Use a soft light for all of these to add a very subtle effect. Bring down the opacity and turn the layer off. Finally, bring the previous layer on and check the difference.

Use a pink texture layer from the Vintage Collection. Then use a soft light over it to add some drama and texture to the image.

Congratulations, you’ve learned how to add different textures to images.

Add Texture to Sky

Pick a bare tree image. Pick one of the impression textures and match it horizontally to the image. Put the lighter color at the bottom.

Change it to multiply and darken the texture. Bring back the handles by selecting Control + T and drag down the purple color. Stretch out the texture to get pretty shades of blue, and add the layer mask again. Lower the brush down to about 25% and make it bigger to remove it with one big swipe. Make sure the foreground color is black.

Take some of that texture right off of the grassy area so it stands out a little bit more. This is a great way to add a little more drama. You could also layer another texture to this.

Pro tip: To intensify the color, play around with opacities or add more color.

To add borders, add a blank layer. Choose the Brush Tool from the brush panel and open number 2 and 4. Pick a dark brown color and set the opacity of the brush to 100%. Hit Control + T to get the handles so you can see where the brush stamped and stretched it.

Pro tip: Darken the image by duplicating it. This will add depth and bring the images together.

Add music from the collection. Stamp it and stretch it out over the composition. Blend it and change the opacity.

Congratulations, you have successfully completed another beautiful project!