Photo Textures & Backgrounds Tips and Tutorials

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Quick tips:

– These photo textures/backgrounds are able to be used in a number of software programs that allow the use of Layers such as Adobe Photoshop & Elements, Perfect Photo Suite, & Lightroom (with the Perfect Photo Suite plugin from onOne).

– After downloading your texture set, double-click on the zip file to unpack the textures. You will then have a folder of images. Choose the image you want to use and add it as a layer in your software program.

– Change the blending mode of the layer to change the texture’s effect on your photo. Some popular blending modes are: Darken, Multiply, Lighten, Screen, Overlay, Soft Light, and Hard Light. Be sure to experiment with other blending modes too.


Christine Hauber created a wonderfully toned final photo by starting with an infra-red black and white image. She used Stone-02 in the Stones Set 1 texture collection. She used it twice, flipping one of the layers. She modified layer opacities and blend modes until she got the look she wanted. A final vignette and soft edges were added and all of the work was done using Perfect Photo Suite.

– Change the layer opacity to change the strength of the texture. You may also want to use masking tools to paint out areas of the texture. Try duplicating texture layers with different blending modes to achieve different results.

– Don’t be afraid to modify the texture layer by making changes such as contrast, color adjustments, and clarity to achieve a unique look with these textures while blending them. For example if you don’t like the color of a texture change it’s hue and saturation. I will often completely de-saturate a texture layer if I don’t want any of the color from it.

– If adding clouds to your background pay attention to the intensity and direction of the light in the cloud background and choose one that matches the light in the scene you are replacing the sky with. You don’t want to end up with light coming from one direction in your sky and from another direction in your foreground.

– Remember that experimentation is key to your success when doing texture blending.

Video Tutorials:

In this video I discuss how you can use Perfect Photo Suite 8 from onOne Software to quickly import and store your background & texture files for quick access when you need them.


Learn the basics of blending photo textures with your regular photos by using Perfect Photo Suite 8 in this video.

I will soon be posting more video tutorials on how to add textures to your photos and how to use them in Perfect Photo Suite as well as Photoshop.


In this video tutorial I show you how to mask out and remove a boring sky background and replace it with a better looking sky background using onOne’s Perfect Photo Suite 8.

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