When it comes to overlaying textures onto a photo, I’ve had the best results from other people’s textures.
But this week I wanted to try making up some decent textures of my own. What’s more, I wanted the texture overlay to come from the same area of the world as the underlying photo. To me, this restriction puts the texture in ‘context’. Plus it helps me from being totally overwhelmed by dozens of textures!
One thing I’ve learned from all this experimentation with textures is that they add a layer of darkness to the image. It makes a real difference if you lighten up the underlying photo before you add the texture (or storm clouds as in my week 1 version, where thanks to all your feedback I learned a lot about lightening up photos!)
The other thing I’ve noticed is that the textures work best if the lightest tones are near the centre of the texture and the darker tones are around the edges.
This Hoi An wall turned out to be the best texture for this particular photo of Hoi An boats.
And here is a black and white version of the photo, lightened up even more, with the wall texture on top.
As an interesting side note I also applied this cracked marble with dragon bas-relief to the photo just to see what happened.
Although it didn’t work, it did give me the idea of adding an Asian-style sky to a photo. But not this one — adding the corresponding reflection in the water would be just too much work!
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