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Adding a texture overlay to your images is an amazing creative tool. It adds another dimension of depth to the picture. it makes it dreamy and adds a painting taste. It also creates a timeless feel, especially useful if you want to give your pictures a vintage look.

You will really love this effect, it can be used in your personal work and sometimes in your commissioned work if you have creative freedom over the result.

Adding a texture overlay is very easy. In this article I will explain how to create your own textures and then edit them to have infinite creative possibilities.

First - shoot your own textures

You can find many free dust textures on any photo website. This is east and sometimes helpful, although you may have copyright issues. The textures you can find free online are not always high resolution. You will mainly find small files that you may not always work best with. But I have to say that I've never had any problems with the size of textures, even when I printed my work in large format.

Recording your own textures can be very fun and a great creative exercise. Okay, sometimes you feel weird because people don't understand what you're shooting down on the sidewalk, and they won't recognize the point of photographing an old and dirty gutter. But it's worth it.

It is very easy to find great textures around you and build your own texture inventory. You just have to go for a walk with your camera to find textures. Look for old paintings on the walls, wood on the doors, or a bench on the street. You can also find metal objects with great texture and colors. You are looking for scratches and can give your work an organic and natural feel. You can use stones like marble or granite, but also canvas or another fabric with a nice texture.

Pay attention to your exposure compensation when recording your texture, as you want a high-contrast image to make a bigger difference between dark and light. You also want to make sure that everything is more or less sharp. Therefore, pay attention to your focus, depth of field and your perspective. This will make the texture on your final image more homogeneous (and, as you'll see later in the same article, you can adjust the texture in many ways).

To help you start your own texture library, at the end of this article you will find a link to download some textures that you can use for free. I've found a lot of good textures online for free, so it's my way of sharing that kind of generosity I've found among photographers.

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3 Comments

  1. Alexander
    August 2, 2012

    I wanted to say thanks for the great images. I am a web designer and I am constantly looking for content. It is really nice to find someone that has actual free and royalty free images. Since it is such a rare treat to find good royalty free images I wanted to leave you a message saying thanks.

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  2. Natalia
    October 25, 2012

    Big thanks for the images that can be used without restrictions. It is a perfect option for non-commercial projects.

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  3. Success Dhamala
    February 27, 2013

    Nice stuffs and I wish your collection increases very soon!

    Reply

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