How To Blend Textures in Photoshop


How To Blend Textures in Photoshop

Hello and welcome to the texture blending tutorial for Adobe Photoshop! In this tutorial, we will demonstrate how to add some interest to your photo by using different textures and blending them together using the blending mode in Photoshop. One of the key factors to remember when blending textures into Photoshop is to have fun and let your creativity guide you! In my personal opinion, the best way to learn this process is to test it out yourself and see what each blend mode can do. Once you find a few blending modes that tickle your fancy, they will quickly become a powerful tool in your post processing workflow. My personal favorites are: multiply, overlay, screen and soft light.  You will see some of these “modes” in action in the video below! If you are a “left brainer” and you need a more in depth explanation, check out Adobe’s blending mode page here.

Step 1. Add Texture

Add a texture into a new layer above your original image. You can simply drag and drop the texture into Photoshop and it will create a new layer!

How To Blend Textures in Photoshop Step 1

Step 2. Choose Blend Mode.

In the Layers Panel, select a blend mode from the dropdown menu. In this example we are using the Overlay blend mode.

How To Blend Textures in Photoshop Step 2

Step 3. Opacity & Mask

Use the opacity slider to adjust the “strength” of the texture effect. You can also apply a layer mask to paint through the effect as well. The video below will demonstrate multiple bending techniques using three different textures!

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How To Blend Textures in Photoshop

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2 thoughts on “How To Blend Textures in Photoshop

  1. Sila mahmud says:

    Hi Tim, Thanks for showing a very nice and simple way of blending texture. Your Photoshop tutorial for blending texture is really awesome. It has solved one of oldest problems with image texturing. There are so many things to learn to be perfect.

    • Tim Martin says:

      Hi Sila! You are very welcome and I’m glad I could share! Try playing with different blending modes for some really interesting and surprising results! Thanks again Sila – Tim

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