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Dash of Inspiration: Textured Overlays

January 13, 2014

A Dash of Inspiration, A Cup of Creativity by Doreen

Textured Overlays

I’m sure most of you have seen digital artwork with added texture overlays. I am often drawn to this type of art, simply because it can add a tremendous amount of character to a photograph or digital creation – and –  character can change the mood of an image and evoke emotion in the viewer.

Of course anytime you create using digital tools, whether creating from scratch or post-processing a photograph, care must be taken to not overdo to the point of having your image declined due to excessive effects. Using textured overlays is no different than using digital filters in that respect.

  1. Use textured overlays sparingly. As with digital filters, there is such a thing as too much.
  2. Always apply to a separate layer for complete control of blending elements.
  3. Mask and paint on (or off) to reveal important elements of the design rather than laying over the entire image.
  4. It’s often best to layer more than one texture to get the ‘best’ out of the elements in the design.
  5. Master the process through learning, trial and error. Don’t assume your first attempt is a masterpiece, it’s probably not.

Before offering some links below, here are a couple examples of my creation process using texture overlays to create two pieces which were made to raise funds for my local wildlife rehabilitation center.




Below is a tutorial to get you started and to inspire you to experiment in whatever creation software you use.  Also, your freebies for the week … as always be sure to read the CU License TOU.  If you didn’t grab last week’s Texture pack, you may want to do that.

Matt Nicolosi Photoshop Texture Layering Tutorial

Worth watching. Matt offers many great tips that are very helpful.

Beautiful Dynamic Brushes for Painting in Photoshop

These beautiful brushes can be used for you to create your own textured overlays.

Tea-Stained Paper Textures

Ruthie Font

So, until next week … Learn … Create … Inspire!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 13, 2014 7:46 pm

    Thanks so much for the goodies, Doreen! I love the tea stain textures! I really like the way you put the animals in forest settings. It makes such an impact!

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