Some days ago, Mara asked on Filipina Flickrites how to apply textures on pictures without covering certain parts of the subject. Mine’s a quick and dirty process (which is the same way I go about adding vignettes to my pictures) but it does the job. Here’s what I do:
Let’s take this picture of this hipster wannabe (one who has spent too many hours reading diet pill reviews):
Drag/paste the texture on to a new layer:
Change the blend mode to whichever looks best (I usually set mine to multiply):
Hit U to bring up the shape tool and choose the rounded rectangle (or whichever) and adjust the radius as you please:
Right click and choose "make selection":
Set the feather value (the higher the number, the softer):
Backspace to delete!
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