During this webinar, we were joined by Leslie Nicole of French Kiss Collections, a digital design resource providing a comprehensive collection of fine art textures. A master of Photoshop, Leslie showed us the versatility of textures and showcased her "secret sauce" methods to making images unique.
The contents covered in this article are merely a taste of what's possible with Leslie's textures. Make sure to give the full webinar a watch and let us know what you think in the comments below!
1. How to Use Textures
To begin the webinar and the process of learning how to edit our photos, we went through a series of 'before and after' images in Lightroom so as to demonstrate a texture's ability to transform an image. We covered the three main approaches to using textures: as backgrounds, to add enhancement and movement to images, and as 'paint'.
Method 1: To use textures as backgrounds, we apply textures to photographs that are an environment and perhaps already have color. It creates a more subtle effect, as it adds artistic tones using blend modes but also allows textures to interact seamlessly with the photographs.
Method 2: To add something extra to our images, we use textures as enhacement and movement tools. This can enable us to create vignettes around the edges and add depth to our photographs.
Method 3: To use textures as 'paint' - Leslie's signature style - we blend them onto the photographs to mimic the style of of paintings.
2. Textures in Action
To kick off the webinar portion of this talk with Leslie, we covered a few ways to edit images using textures.
In this first example, we explained how we had altered the bottom of the photograph using the texture in normal blend mode. We'd also cleaned up a fair amount of highlights, but our focus was on blending the bottom part of the original photograph with the rest of the scene.
In this image, we'd used textures to give the photograph a more vintage feel using both the multiply and normal blend modes.
In this final example, we'd used an overlay for a more delicate touch. Since overlays are more transparent files, they're useful for adding a very light touch of color to an image.
3. Taking it Step by Step
At this point in the webinar, we walked you through an in-depth process for editing photographs using textures. We started by doing basic edits in Lightroom and showed you how to decrease highlights, add contrast, pull up shadows, and so on.
After adding the 'Clarity' effect in Topaz, we went into Photoshop, opened up our Merengue texture, and dropped it onto the image. As a starting point, we put the texture layer onto 'Soft Light' and 'Overlay' and brought down its opacity. We added a layers adjustment layer and clipped it onto the texture so as to preserve the underlying texture.
For the remainder of the webinar, we went into more examples to teach you how to use a brush as an eraser with layer mask techniques, blend textures with multiply mode, and finally, how to create the beautiful image below, step by step.
If you'd like to learn how we ended up with this design using basic Photoshop skills, make sure to give this full webinar a watch! It's packed with keyboard shortcuts and golden nuggets of knowledge, courtesy of the one and only Leslie Nicole.