Did you know that textures don’t HAVE to be actual textures or patterns? You can use another photo, and just by using it as a texture layer, it is now more than “just” another photo. Combining two (or more) photos can sometimes be just the ticket to improving on one of them! Today’s texture is an image I took while on a visit to Tacoma, Washington to spend time with family in 2009. This is a cement bench at a cabin in the mountains that has an imprint of a maple leaf stamped into it. The winter pine needles have fallen onto it, after a chilly rain.
After rotating the image 90 degrees counter-clockwise, I chose to enlarge just the lower right-hand side as my texture, using again the Overlay option in CS3. I picked another image from that same trip – a partial detail on a weathered wrought iron sun hanging on the side of the house in full afternoon sun. Using the detail overlay, and lowering the opacity a bit, gave me more interest on the house siding and less of a harsh contrast to the original sun image. Below are my before (on left) and after (on right) images for comparison.