I thought it might be fun to share 5 techniques that I sometimes use on my images and explain a little about each. So here goes and I hope you enjoy them!
#1 – Textures – of course
Isn’t this a lovely linen look to the image? I used 3 layers of a texture by 2 Lil’ Owls called Luscious-Linen. On the first layer I applied a “multiply” blending mode at 100%. The second layer, I used a “soft light” blending mode at 100%, and on the third layer I again applied the “soft light” blending mode at 100%. I then applied a layer mask to each of these three layers and with a soft black brush, brushed away most of the texture from Raider. That’s it! I just adore the linen look to this.
The important thing to remember with textures is that you need to try different blending modes and even more than one layer of it sometimes. Just play with them and you’ll be texturing to your liking in no time. You may want to start by choosing a texture with similar colors that are in your photo.
Try using “soft light” blending mode to begin with. Then turn off that layer and use the “multiply” blending mode with the same texture. Those are my very first go-to textures. And don’t forget you can adjust the opacity of the blend mode layers as well and you’ll end up doing that quite often.
#2 – Fill a Word with a Photo
This is a fun technique and would be useful if you make greeting cards, or use it on a layout, or even create a canvas with it.
It works best with landscape images such as the autumn leaves I’ve used on this word.
Choose a nice wide/stocky font, start with a size of about 120. You can always increase or decrease the size depending on the photo you’re using and how big you want the finished effect. Once you have your Word typed out, add your photo on a new layer above the word and “clip” it to the word. Be sure the photo layer is selected (your working layer) and click Control>Alt>G (all at once) for PC users and Command>G for Mac users. You will then have an image such as the one below.
#3 – Blending a Photo for a Background
I know that there are many tutorials out there for blending photos for scrapbook background and most of them can get quite technical with masking and blend modes. I have a super duper easy way to do this if you’re not wanting to get technical. I think creating a project such as this is great for putting them on canvas.
I create a 12×12 image in Photoshop and fill it with white. You can do this in Photoshop Elements as well. Add your photo to the layer above the white background layer, adjust the size of your image, and then reduce the opacity to your liking. Then all you need to do is add your smaller images around the edges. I’ve also added a few brushes just above the background photo as you can see. I’ve added some text as well. You can get as decorative as you want or keep it simple for a truly nice wall hanging.
#4 – Photo Masks
This is another fun technique for greeting cards or a framed image for yourself or as a gift.
Again, I used a white background. My image was a 4×6 so I created a 5×7 layer in Photoshop. I then chose a photo mask from my stash, added it as a 2nd layer and then brought my photo in to a third layer, above the photo mask. Do any resizing of the image that you need to and then use the Control>Alt>G (all at once) or Command>G on a Mac and clip your image to the mask. You can also move the photo around after clipping if need be.
#5 – Add a Favorite Quote
This is one of my favorite things to do with a textured image and this is also one of my favorites. And once again, they make great greeting cards, framed images, or a canvas.
After texturing my image to my liking, I’ll flatten the image and then choose a nice font and a favorite quote. So simple and so elegant, don’t you think?
I hope these tips help you to see your photography as more than just a photo. Try some of the techniques. Make a nice image for yourself or a gift for a loved one.
Thanks so much for stopping by and Have A Creative Day!