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Image of the Fountain at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida Today I am just going to go over a really short but handy workflow I use all the time to add texture subtly and give a somewhat painterly effect to an image. This technique is from one of my older Tidbits Blogs and I literally go back to it all time to remember how I did it. Figure it might be as handy for you as it is to me. The image above is of the Frog Fountain at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. (Actually the fountain is a working sundial and each Frog represents an hour on the clock. The Turtles represent the four seasons. I find it quite humorous as they seem to be having a grand ole time spitting at each other.) This image was used in the demo video linked below. It used a French Kiss texture (see sidebar at my Tidbits Blog for website link) called Tableaux Secret Garden – I find her textures work well with this technique since they are all very painterly.

Image of some Hawaiian Orchids
The Hawaiian Orchids above were treated with a different type of texture from French Kiss called Solstice SeaSprite. The image below was taken at the entrance to SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida, and is a great place to take photos – very Disneyland-like colors! It used her Artiste Fauve Rainbow texture.

This look was created by following this workflow:

1. After all corrections are made to the image, select a texture and place it on top – depending on the type of texture (large sweeping strokes like in the Sea World image versus more of a grainy look as in the Orchid image) different effects can be created, some looking quite painterly.
2.  A Hue/Saturation Adjustment Level is clipped to the texture layer (by ALT+clicking between the layers or click the bottom left icon in the adjustment layer panel) and Saturation is set to -100 to desaturate the texture. Clipping the adjustment layer to the texture allows no color from the actual texture – only color changes will be from changes to the image itself.
3.  The texture blend mode is then set (for the Fountain, Vivid Light blend mode at 45% layer opacity, the Orchids used Linear Dodge at 53%, and for the Sea World image, Hard Light at 34%). Try different blend modes, even Normal is fine in lots of cases, to see which looks best with your image.
4. A Levels Adjustment Layer or Curves Adjustment Layer can be added to brighten the image as the texture tends to darken the midtones down.

That was it and you get a nice painterly effect! Pretty easy and adds a nice touch to your images. Hope everyone has a great week!…..Digital Lady Syd

11 responses

  1. Ann Mackay

    Excellent, clear tutorial! It was very interesting to see the textures themselves and it makes me feel that I’d like to try painting my own sometime. (Great way to get a texture to fit with a specific image.) Especially love the effect with the SeaWorld image – that bit of paper texture works very well. Love the intensity of the orchids. (You’ll not be surprised by that one!) And LOL at the ‘spitting contest’!

    12/10/2018 at 5:07 am

    • Thanks for nice comments Ann. I love to create my own – I use Corel Painter and mix it up with Photoshop digitally. I believe French Kiss actually paints hers and she gets some beautiful results. At some time I would like to try this.

      12/10/2018 at 9:42 am

      • Ann Mackay

        I think that being able to go between actually painting and using Photoshop or Painter would be very interesting….I think I see some experimenting in my future…!

        12/10/2018 at 1:02 pm

  2. Love your frogs 🙂 Great tutorial! Changing/removing color gives infinite opportunities.

    12/10/2018 at 7:21 am

    • Thanks Inese – I am sure you have seen some interesting fountains in your travels!

      12/10/2018 at 9:38 am

      • I did, but not a spitting contest one 🙂 . Very clever idea.

        12/11/2018 at 8:05 am

  3. This is a good way to apply texture in which you have great control. Even easier is just applying a Luminosity blend mode to the texture layer, but you have less control in how much colour you would like to apply (none in fact).

    12/11/2018 at 10:10 am

  4. Good Point Otto – you can also do a desat to the texture, but you cannot bring back any color from the texture if you wanted it. That is why I stick with this workflow.

    12/11/2018 at 10:57 am


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