Adding Textures Adds Depth and Interest to an Image.
The Artist in me was just itching to create something beautiful from the image I call: Two Callas” which was shot against a plain white background in my home studio. The image by itself is good – it should be a good candidate for the Stock Photography market. But For me, there seemed to be a more compelling image there if I just took a little time and employed some imagination into it. I have a constantly growing library of image “textures” on my computer that I like to occasionally use to add visual interest to an image. Some are ones that I have purchased such as “Flypaper Textures”, and others are my own images that I have created specifically for use as textures. For this image I selected a texture image from Flypaper Textures. It seemed to fit the image almost perfectly. added it to the image in Photoshop as a layer using the “multiply” blending mode. then I created a layer mask and carefully masked out the texture effect from the 2 calla lilies. Once I had that finished, decided to further enhance the image using Nik’s Color Efex Pro 4, tweaking the contrast, saturation, color balance, and finally a slight lens vignette. Just as an experiment, I tried adding in a couple of other Flypaper textures to see what else might be possible, but after looking at both versions, I decided that the added textures didn’t really add anything to it – in fact, to me it looked a little over cooked – so I stuck with the first textured version as it was.
I hope this has been useful for anyone who is not familiar with the use of textures to enhance and transform an image.