Finding a unique way to texture your photos may be a hard task even for professional users, especially in blending the right textures when using Photoshop Textures. Just as every photographer has their unique way to capture a photo, so is the same as editing the images to bring out the textured feel and moment.

Provided is a step by step walk through on how to use the textures whether on Adobe Photoshop or other platforms giving you control of the outcome.

Applying Textures to Images

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1. Selecting or Loading a File

The first step is to color correct the selected main image needing the texturing by locating the saved file and restoring its settings to “Lightroom” original state. Next is to have a vision of the outcome what you would like it to look at the end of the texturing.


Whether it should have vintage to a classic look, or if the colors of the objects like walls should have a desaturated feel to them. Color correcting would greatly assist in selecting the best Photoshop textures.

2. Load the image to Photoshop

Start by loading the image into the workspace of the Photoshop texture by dragging and dropping it or navigating to the file via the platform.

Next, you need to change the editing mode of the image to 8bit RGB by navigating to the “Menu,” selecting “Image” option, then “Mode” and choosing “RGB and 8Bit Channel.” The mode would help in the application of the textures to fit the image resolution.

3. Import/Apply the Texture to Image

When selecting a texture to apply to your image, ensure it matches the resolution of your image since stretching it might lower its print quality. Though there are many textures to choose from, the quality might vary affecting the outcome, we recommend visiting who have a trusted variety from which to choose.


To apply, go to the “File –> Place –>Select Texture File. Alternatively, go to the “Tool Bar” (left side of the workspace) and select “Move Tool” (a button with four pointed arrows on opposite sides) press SHIFT and drag the textured Photoshop to the main image.

4. Resize or Adding a Second Texture to the Image

If the textured image doesn’t automatically cover the main image, drag it to resize and press enter to apply changes. To add a second layer, you have to change the blending mode by making adjustments to the sheet by pressing CTRL + L and the mode from Normal to Screen.

5. Changing the two layers Blend Modes

It’s important to note that the second layer if applied would affect the quality and pixel ratio of the final image. Selecting the right kind of mode would however improve the image’s last look. Choosing the “Darken Modes” affect the layers beneath then to darken while the “Lighten Mode” makes then Brighten.

The “Contrast Mode” is under the “Overlay” section and would mix a blend of colors affecting the below layers.

6. Adding a Blend and a Layer Mask

Since blending two layers might be difficult as some changes might get lost, a layer mask is best to use. Start by locating it at the “Layer Panel” which is at the bottom, shaped like a rectangle with its middle having a circle. Once selected, it would edit the chosen image, by clicking on the white box adjacent to the image. You can press B to bring out the Brush if a need arises to temporarily erase some changes or can use the same Tool Panel to add some colors using the Color Picker.

7. Editing Unwanted Textures

Though the masking strategy is great for editing, it’s not sufficient for a full double layer texture added to the image. Reason being, if edited using a masking texture, it affects not only the layers below the image but also the hues and tone of the image. The result is certain places in the pictures looking odd and different than other areas.

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Using a Smudge Tool (“R”), represented by a pointing Finger, from your Tool Bar would however correct the image’s textures removing unwanted parts. Though it takes a lot of processing power from your computer by averaging the surface and pixels around a particular part of the image then correcting it, it’s one of the best ways to perfect your photo.

As seen, there are various ways to edit and perfect the image texture by using Photoshop Textures. A step by step procedure is, however, the best for a great result, selecting the best composition and blending them is also a great way to finding your unique style and expression. Acceptance and removal of unwanted textures to show what colors are needed to get expressed is the final step to making a masterpiece.