Flypaper Textures

Basic Texture Tutorial

In this first tutorial of what we hope will be a continuing series, I’ll show you how to easily transform a photo by adding our Flypaper Textures. Mouseover to see the transformation.

The original photo is nice enough, but I thought texture would add more depth and interest.
First thing to do is duplicate your background.
I opened my Flypaper Texture folder and decided that pompeii stucco might be the best one to try first. Choosing which texture goes with each photo is something you learn with practice and experience as texturing is not a “one size fit’s all” kind of thing.

Open the texture in photoshop (or your editing programme) then with the move tool selected  drag it from the layers palette on top of your image. It doesn’t matter if the texture is a different size or shape from your photo, you just resize  to fit by using the drag handles on the corners.
Once your texture is covering your image, have a play with the blending modes and opacities.
Here is my texture at  Soft light blending mode and 100% opacity
It looks okay but lacks depth, so I had a play with several different textures, you’ll find when you’re using texture that your delete button will be your best friend as you try out combinations.
Anyway, I finally hit upon using our Bruised Saffron texture at multiply and 37%
Then another layer of Pompeii Stucco at soft light 37%

Almost done, but the colours need a bit of a tweak. So I added an curves adjustment layer by clicking on “Create new fill or adjustment layer” button at the bottom of your layers pallete and selecting curves from the drop down list.
Once the dialogue box opens I played with red, green and blue curves  until I got the tone I wanted. A little goes a long way with curves so it pays to be gentle.

And voila! We’re done!
And just so you can see a bit better the effect that the texture has had, here’s a close-up showing some of the detail.


Of course with different texture choices and opacities it would be quite a different photo, so just treat this is a guide.

Any questions or suggestions for future tutorials, drop us a line, or leave a comment.

15 Responses to “Basic Texture Tutorial”

  1. paulgrand says:

    Superb, well done Jill! 🙂

  2. Borealnz (Jill) says:

    Thanks Paul 🙂 Hope people find it useful!

  3. Naomi66 says:

    This is wonderful!I've been so eager to find a tutorial about the technique of adding texture.Thank you so much for sharing this!

  4. Ken Larsen says:

    I am using LR4 to manage my photos. Where do you suggest Flypaper Texture images reside in LR for retreival later in CS5? Or do I locate the file in mini bridge in CS5?
    Or, will Flypaper automatically work like a plug-in in CS5?


  5. PaulGrand says:

    Hi Ken.
    So far, texture layers can only be used with third party plug-ins in LR.
    Thus, we normally recommend photoshop for use with our textures.
    Hope you have Photoshop or a derivative of! 🙂
    Paul Grand

  6. Carla says:

    I would love to use some of your textures but I only have lr4. What 3rd party plug in do you suggest?

  7. Carla says:

    Good Morning Jill …

    This is cool. Thank You very much. Can’t wait to use it. To bad my day is filled up with travel. So I’ll try it tomorrow.

    Thanks Again.

  8. AndrewL says:

    I love this end product and and am particularly stoked to learn that the final secret sauce is in the curves channel adjustments. I suppose after blending in the textures in Perfect Layers one could use LR4’s new curves panel for the colour tweaks in the individual RGB channels?

    Thanks for the tutorial.

    • JillFerry says:

      Hi Andrew, Thanks! I’m not familiar with lightroom but by the sound of it the curves panel you mention would do the same thing. Good luck!

  9. Bella Remy Photography says:

    This just blows me away – can’t wait to learn how to apply these!

  10. Judy N says:

    I love your textures! I use my iPhone 5s almost exclusively as my camera. Is there any way to get the folder of textures into either an iPhone or iPad? It would be supreme if that would happen! Thanks in advance. If not, do I then have to bring the image into PS?

    • PaulGrand says:

      Hi Judy, Our Friend, Russell Brown over at Adobe told us its best to downsize the textures and then upload to your phone to use from your image library via emailing to yourself. You could use the small size sample set to have a go. Other ways are from the Adobe CC cloud and Apples own cloud!
      Hope that helps? 🙂 Paul

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