Beauty sat bathing by a spring
Where fairest shades did hide her;
The winds blew calm, the birds did sing,
The cool streams ran beside her.
It's been a while since I posted a mini tutorial so I thought I'd show you what I've been up to today. This is a fast and easy way to add a fun frame and texture to your images. You will need a graphics program that has blending modes and uses layers. If you are familiar with this technique already, hopefully you will find some inspiration to spark your creativity!
Here's the photo before adding the texture:
Begin with a textured background. You can find really nice ones on Flickr that people generously share, or you can create your own. I've added the one below to my flickr site here. It's free to grab and use.
To create your own, use grunge brushes to erase or paint white around the edges of a photo. Save it so you can reuse it later. Here are a few more that I created and have been using today:
You can also use them inverted:
Next, choose an image that you would like to add your textured background to:
Layer the image on top of the textured background:
Your layers palette will look similar to this:
Next, change the blending mode on the top layer (the bird) to Overlay. The blending modes are in a drop-down at the top of the layers palette here:
And that's it! The result looks like this:
Pretty neat huh? Below are a few I played with today. I've tweaked some of them, and added masking and minimal adjustments, but not much. I'll also post the before shots so you can see the difference.
This is an old tintype that I photographed while at a yard sale. It was such a fun time with the owner helping and encouraging as I took photos of a couple tintypes and the purple bottles below. The tintype is amazing enough, but the extra textures make it look even more old and wonderful.