Friday, January 29, 2010

How to Digitally add Textural qualities to any photo using existing textures.

These are 8 evocative and Timeless Texture backgrounds for ACEO/ ATC Cards or Digital Collage that I first made in Photoshop to add an aged, ephemeral, or vintage quality to any photo.

Below is a simple mini-tutorial that shows how to easily apply existing textures over any photo to get interesting tinting, color, and textural effects.  This mini-tutorial was made using Photoshop but the same idea applies to software that incorporates the use of Blending Modes and Layers.

Below are 8 more original backgrounds made in Photoshop incorporating some geometric designs. 

The use of Timeless Vintage Textures is similar to the first tutorial posted above, but this one incorporates the use of Layer Masks in order to pin-point certain areas in the photo where you want to show the texture.

These textures and other digital paper designs are now available for sale for personal and commercial use at my Design Store for Arts & Crafts

Please stay tuned for more simple and artful Photoshop tutorials.
I hope it was useful to you. Thanks for visiting!



  1. That's really interesting, I never knew how that was done before! I'm pretty bad with photoshop, but I'm improving. Thanks for the tutorial!

  2. Most excellent digital tutorial, especially for a beginners such as we. Thanks. Will & Grace

  3. wonderful tutorial! Your artwork is exquisite!

  4. You make it look so easy, but when it comes to digital photo enhancments I am all thumbs...guess that's why my etsy shop doesn't have a banner. LOL

  5. Great tutorial. I am going to give it a try.
    Thanks for sharing...your work is gorgeous.

  6. Thanks for sharing such a detailed tutorial, enjoyed looking around and discovering your stunningly creative digital collages.