I do everything the hack way as most of you know although I refer to it as the fast way. After all I had to teach myself photoshop and by the time there was internet accessible education I was long set in my ways. I posted a pic of a girl with a large hair piece yesterday and everyone asked about it so here is how I apply textures. Not all images need or look good with a texture added I almost never do it to a standard portrait. If I am doing something a little more stylized or arty then I definitely do. Sometimes its good to put a little texture on a really plain background you can keep the texture off the subject.
This was the first beautiful image I found so I will use this it doesn’t really need a texture as such I would just run this through AlienSkin and pick a tone I love but its a good example. I shot this in the makeup room at the studio in natural light one window.
This is the texture I used it is a shot of parchment paper. You can go crazy making textures a good tip is have ONE folder called textures I shoot textures all the time when I see them and I can never find them.
Open the image and the texture in photoshop and I crop them the same size as it’s faster than resizing (Just my opinion theres so many ways to do it) then I drag the texture on top and I use the eraser tool on about 20 percent with a soft brush and feather back around her face and skin.
Try not to leave any texture on the skin it’s noticeably wrong.
Then in Layers (Because the texture is sitting on top as a layer) I drop back the opacity usually between 20 – 40 % but it depends on how much you want.
When you are happy save and flatten then I open in AlienSkin to choose a tone and look I want. If you dont use AlienSkin you can apply any layer or finish or action. I do this at the end so it tones the image and the texture and it cohesively brings the image together
AlienSkin action Color and Color Fading are my favorites but there are lots to chose from I flick through until I see the image mood pop out.
I also love the vintage B/Ws but I prefer them with out the borders and scratches
My go to B/W I use for everything is in B/W Vintage Daguerreotype drop the grain 20% I love gutsy B/W always did from film days
If a texture competes remove it. If you look more at the texture than the subject remove it if you see texture on the skin brush it back sometimes when you are shooting on boring Vflats or painted plain walls a little texture is just what you need.