Texture, 6 Refreshing Ideas

A Few Refreshing Ideas To Liven Up Your Photos

NYC Skyline

NYC From The Brooklyn Bridge. I like this photo. The sky and lightning make it pop.






In order to give it a somewhat different look I add texture

  • added a stock texture which was yellow streaks with black background
    • you can  download many textures, for free, from multiple locations
    • 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
  • faded the yellow to 45%
  • changed the blend to lighten
Refreshing Textures
Now it has a look of something moving, quickly from the the lower left to the top right, or the reverse. Maybe lights of some kind?


Still Life

I have just recently starting to update and present my still life photos.

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.








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.




   Colorado Pro Tour

texture refreshing ideas
Colorado Pro Tour

Some other ideas:

More Light Rays


Bokeh Dots


Water Droplets In Front Of Object


Texture In Background















As an extension, see my post on creative photography

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