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Adding Texture

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by Brewster, Sep 10, 2011.

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    I've always pretty much resisted photo-trends. You know, the black and white photo with a single flower in color or maybe the bridal couple super-imposed into a brandy snifter (if you are over 50). I always figured these photo tricks were similar to having a mullet, seemed like a good idea at the time didn't it? So I walked the straight and narrow road and shunned all forms of photo manipulation other than judicious dodging and burning (lightening and darkening) when needed. And so when I began to see lots of textured photos appearing during the past 10 years, I figured it was just another trend. The problem is, I have to admit, I kinda like 'em if done well.

    What's a textured photograph? Well, it's basically a double exposure or a layered file. Imagine taking two photos and laying them on top of each other and then making them transparent so you can see the image on the bottom showing through the image on the top. Generally, the photo on the bottom is a scene or still life or portrait and the image on the top is a photo of a fabric or a concrete wall or an old parchment. This technique passes the texture of the top photo onto the photo beneath it. When done well, it really gives an image a mood related to the type of texture and it's color. So, I'm afraid I'm hooked. I'm doing my best to pace myself and keep it tasteful.

    Photogeek info: Taken with an <a href="http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_section/product.asp?product=1501&intCmp=oima_home_reviews_epl1">Olympus E-PL1</a> using the 14-42mm kit lens. Shot JPEG at ISO 200. The texture was applied using <a href="http://www.ononesoftware.com/products/suite/perfect-layers/?ind">Perfect Layers</a> via <a href="http://www.apple.com/aperture">Aperture 3</a>.
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  2. dtchan

    dtchan Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 24, 2010
    I have tried some too and is quite fun. I got mix results thou. Probably my texture layer is not the most ideal one.
  3. Luke

    Luke Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 30, 2010
    Milwaukee, WI
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  4. s0nus

    s0nus Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 13, 2010
    Cool technique. It adds age to the image.

    Can you share the 2 layers by themselves? I'm curious to see the texture by itself.
  5. Luke

    Luke Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 30, 2010
    Milwaukee, WI
    the one I used was a preset in the picnik online photo editor. I have actually shot some original textures expressly for this. I'll add one later today if I get time to show you what it looks like before they are combined. If you "Google" texture layer you will find some samples and many tutorials. They're so fun, it's easy to get carried away.
  6. phrenic

    phrenic Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 13, 2010
    Cool thanks for sharing..perhaps abit too much texture for my taste, but I'll have to give it a shot when I get the chance.
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