January 2021 // The Beauty Edition

5. USE TEXTURES IN YOUR POST-PROCESSING

Fine art/painterly photography usually includes a lot of post-processing work, depending on how “painterly” you want it to look. Textures can add another dimension to your images and using them carefully can add to the story you’re wanting to tell. However, overuse can make the image look fake or overprocessed. Experiment by playing with the different blend modes in Photoshop and with the layer opacity. One rule of thumb: don’t use the texture at 100% opacity. There are hundreds of textures out there you can purchase online or get for free. You can even make your own by taking close-up pictures of textures from objects such as rocks, wood, sidewalks, fabrics, etc. Don’t be afraid to experiment!

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