One of my favorite simple and quick edits to do in Photoshop is to add a texture.
Adding a texture can really make a photo pop.
Take this shot from a few months ago:
Then with added texture:
Here is another example of one from last year with no texture:
And then with:
The opacity can be adjusted to get a really grainy/grungy look or you can go more subtle.
Here are the three examples with same texture but different opacity:
100% is way too much for me in this photo, but I do like the added graininess with 50% opacity.
Adding a texture is incredibly simple and there are free textures all over the web to choose from.
Here is a link to some of Jessica Drossin’s free textures.
She has some amazing textures you can also purchase, but for my wallets sake I stick to her freebies.
For the first textured photo of the vintage camera above I used her free Harper Texture:
And here is the step by step version of how I added texture to the vintage camera shot:
First I opened the texture and the photo I wanted to use:
Then while on the textured layer, I grab the select tool and drag the texture over on top of my photo:
Now you can minimize your original opened texture file and
maximize your layered image you just dragged the texture onto.
Once you do that, it should look like this with your selected layer in blue:
Now with the textured layer selected, you can adjust the blending mode of that layer by clicking the drop down menu seen here:
For this example I’m going to choose Overlay, but feel free to bounce between them all to get the desired look you are going for.
The blending modes I use most often are Overlay and Soft Light, just because I prefer a more subtle look on most of my photos since they generally of my kids and more natural settings.
You can also adjust the opacity at this time (located to the right of the drop down menu).
Here is my photo after I select Overlay at 100% Opacity:
Now I could leave it and call it good, but I don’t really want the texture on the main lens of the camera in the photo, so to get rid of it I add a Layer Mask to the Texture layer:
Then select the brush tool and brush out the area I don’t want the texture showing:
And now I have my new textured image:
All in less then a few minutes.