One of my favorite ways to add texture to a photograph is by the use of Flypaper Textures. Each texture is unique and beautiful. The hardest part of using them is deciding on which one to use, as they all are great!
For this image of the Eiffel Tower, I wanted to create a painterly look, and chose a texture with a brushstroke pattern. The key to combining images is to select a blend mode that is complementary to the image. I'll most often choose Soft Light or Overlay. Once you've blended your images, Nik Color Efex Pro can add the perfect finishing touch, from a rich colorful gradient, to contrast that will bring out the detail and color.
Get in touch with your artistic side and try working with textures!
- Deborah Sandidge teaches three online photo workshops at BetterPhoto's digital photography school: Photoshop: Enhancing Images and Creating Works of Art, Digital Infrared Photography, and the new Long Exposure Creativity.
- Deb also contributed to Jim Miotke and Kerry Drager's book: The BetterPhoto Guide to Photographing Light