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How to Add a Background Texture to a Portrait in Photoshop

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How Textures can Enhance Your Images

In this tutorial you will learn a Simple Technique for adding textures to your images. We are using multiple textures combined together to create the final effect.

Download 6 Sample Textures


How we use the Textures

After loading the textures onto our portrait we group them and place a Layer Mask on the group. In this case we don’t want the Textures to effect the entire image so we mask out areas where we want left alone like the subject’s Face.

Next we change each layer blending mode to Soft Light and use Levels to adjust the Brightness of each layer until they blend in. You can also use Opacity to change how visible the textures are on your image.

Creating a Portfolio

Brooke Shaden has been using Textures to create exceptional images for years. Her work conveys a certain mood and she uses textures to help bring that mood to the viewer. She is an amazing artist and a wonderful person.

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