Using textures

Using Textures

While most textures done by Escapees are for colour-altering, you will find a lot of textures from other sites that have a whole different usage (well not entirely). While textures used to alter colour is quite easy to apply (messing with the blending modes), there are other methods to apply textures…

Start with a blend you’ve already done beforehand. Since textures are used to finalise something, I won’t go through the whole blending thingy. You don’t have to fix the colours yet; we’ll do that at the end.

Step one

Go search for textures! It can be a difficult step because you have to find one that will suit the blend you did. I used two textures from:

* I won’t be hotlinking them so you can browse on the textures’ page. Surely you can find it 🙂

I am going to start with the first texture. I paste the texture on top of the blend and add a layer mask to it. With the soft round brush (~300px at 66% opacity), I start brushing the middle spot like this:

To make it edgy, I use the marquee tool, selected an area and start brushing inside that area. I duplicated the texture because I want it to appear stronger.

Step two

Afterward, I used the second texture (the one from 99mockingbirds), duplicate it, turn it around, add a layer mask to it and brush off the part I don’t like. I then set the blending mode to “Linear Burn”, but you should play around a bit to see what mode works the best in your case. The goal is to make the texture looks darker and more contrasting, okay?

Step three

I have a thing for contrast so I merged visible (ctrl + alt+ E) and set that merged layer to ‘Overlay’ (or Soft light if you think the lighting is too strong). Also, the colour sucks, so I will add a Color Balance layer (in the menu, go to Layer > Adjust. layer > Color Balance > OK) and play with the setting until I get something I like:


With some text and last touches, it should look fine:

Written by soiia

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