Flypaper Textures

Honesty (texture tutorial and recipe)

In this quick and easy tutorial, I’ll illustrate how I transformed this photo of honesty in a bottle into something more painterly and rich. Mouseover the photo to see the before and after effects.

The first texture I tried was Pompeii stucco, an easy-to-use texture that adds depth.

I opened the texture in photoshop and dragged it on top of my photo, don’t worry if your texture is a different size or shape from your image, just resize to fit.
Once your texture is covering your image, have a play with the blending modes and opacities. Here it is at Soft Light 47%
I rarely use just one texture on an image so I tried some more and ended up using a layer of Necropolis at Overlay -40%  and a layer of Elysium at Colour burn -14%
Just a quick curves adjustment layer to tweak the tone and contrast a little. Click “Create new fill or adjustment layer” button at the bottom of your layers pallet  and selecting curves from the drop down list.
And we’re done!

8 Responses to “Honesty (texture tutorial and recipe)”

  1. paulgrand says:

    Superb, I love the clarity of this tutorial.
    Jill, you are the master tutorialist!:-)

  2. missnoma says:

    What a fabulous way to teach textures…Even a newbie like me should be able to follow and enjoy…Thank you so much…

  3. Borealnz (Jill) says:

    Thanks Missnoma, glad you found it helpful 🙂

  4. Anonymous says:

    I love your tutorials. One question, when you are satisfied with your edit, do you flatten the image?


  5. Borealnz (Jill) says:

    Hi, glad you enjoy the tutorials. What I do is save as the PSD file with the layers intact so I can go back later and tweak things if necessary or reproduce the effect in another photo (you can drag layers between documents) and then I flatten and save as jpeg in two different sizes -one small for online use and a large one for things like printing or Getty. So in reality I end up with3 files, a psd complete with layers, and two finished jpegs and that's not counting the original raw file and the unprocessed Jpeg.
    Hope that makes sense.

  6. Andrew L says:

    Beautiful results and a pretty darn nice photo to begin with. You and Paul have marvelous taste and an awesome eye for gorgeous images.

    Just wanted to let you know the mouseover to see the before/after is not working.

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