I have just recently starting to update some of my photos to give them a little pop with textures.
Below is one I took for a class, of oranges.
For this photo I took a texture from a collection I bought called Mystical Lights
I put the texture on top, adjusted the opacity and did some blending.
To add a texture to a photo just copy and paste the texture on to the photo. You may need to rescale. You may also want to change positions so the texture is behind the photo. Then, with blending see PS example, you can bring our different looks.
A good action shot of a beach volleyball game, but nothing more.
Here I cropped the action and added two effects, desaturate and grunge.
In order to give it a somewhat different look I add texture
added a stock texture which was yellow streaks with black background
if you want to create your own, you could start with photos of things like stained glass, grass and shadows or textured surfaces like side walks and walls. Bring them into your photo editor and blend, blur and merge to the desired effect. More ideas here.
removed the black
tried the texture in front of and behind photo
faded the yellow to 45%
changed the blend to lighten
Just A Tree
Added a sky with sunrays on top of the tree and decreased the opacity of the top layer.
At the beginning of this bicycle race, all the riders did two easy loops through the town.
For this one I decided to actually use an action (Abstract2) to give the photo a wow look.
Technically not a texture, but you always have license to innovate.