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Adding Texture To Pictures For Photoshop Noobs

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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  • Reply Miss Dré May 11, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    Quick, easy, and effective ;)

  • Reply Katy May 12, 2009 at 2:07 am

    That’s nice and easy.. I usually get really picky and trace out my image with the pen tool and then mask it out… if I don’t mind it messy, I’ll get a huge brush and just roughly mask it out.

  • Reply randell May 12, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    Nice tutorial. Where do you get or how do you create those textures?

  • Reply Gel May 14, 2009 at 10:34 am

    Thanks for this really simple yet helpful tutorial, Helga ;)

  • Reply Michelle May 14, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    That seems simple enough. If only I could get a pirated version of Photoshop on my Macbook, then my life would be complete. lol

    What hipster wannabe?! WHERE?!

  • Reply Connie May 15, 2009 at 2:38 am

    That’s how I used to do it. So easy!

  • Reply tiff May 15, 2009 at 4:35 am

    Thanks! I’d have to try this soon.

  • Reply niki May 15, 2009 at 8:00 am

    I miss Photoshop. ='(

  • Reply dotep May 15, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    wow! ok yun ah…


  • Reply jehzlau May 16, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    wow cool! i have to try this myself.. I’m so noob and this is just for me :D

  • Reply jehzlau May 16, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    wooot.. dumoble ulit ang http sa first comment ko.. weird.. wah

  • Reply Chanel May 21, 2009 at 4:47 am

    Wow, I really love this! Definitely bookmarking it for future reference. Thanks for sharing. :)

    (By the way – that is an AWESOME photo of you – if it is you, which I’m assuming it is!)

  • Reply Lene May 21, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    Nice effect :D

    And that is one sexy picture of you!

  • Reply MC May 30, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    I’m so lazy, I just used pre-created actions to do all the texturizing for my vintage photo photos. Make other people do that hard work for me hehe

    Actions are so quick though

  • Reply wen June 25, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    good effect.

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