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Chapter 14. Type and Background Effects > Applying Dimension to a Photo

Applying Dimension to a Photo

So, you've made a perfectly wonderful texture and it looks great. Now what do you do with it? Well, one thing that textures are especially good for is adding dimension to photographs. Of course, with Photoshop, there are many ways to do this, but all we need to do is explore a few methods, and that should give you what you need to branch out on your own.

Blending Modes

You can apply any of the grayscale textures described at the beginning of the Backgrounds & Textures section by using one of three blending modes. Place the texture you would like to apply on a layer above the image. Change the blending mode of the texture layer to Overlay, Soft Light, or Hard Light (Figure 14.92). If the effect is too strong, lower the Opacity setting of that layer. If you would like to intensify the effect, just duplicate the texture layer. You can also remove the texture from certain areas of the image by applying the Eraser tool to the texture layer (Figure 14.93).


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