How to Apply a Texture to a Selection in Photoshop

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How to Apply a Texture to a Selection in Photoshop

Here, you will learn on how to apply a texture to a selection in Photoshop. I hope it will help you both the beginner and advanced level of students in a great deal.


Open the picture you intend to add a texture to. Now, add the texture image to a separate layer above the original picture. Textures rarely come in gray-scale; however, we need gray-scale images to avoid ruining the colors of our original image and to bring out the shadows that textures intend to bring.To do this select the texture layer, then select it’s content by pressing CTRL+A. Press CTRL+U and move the saturation slider all the way to the right. By default, layers will just stack onto each other instead of blending together. We need the highlights and shadows from our texture to standout on our original image. From layer blending styles, select overlay from the drop down box. Now that the texture is overlayed, our image is now textureized. However, the image AND the background have a texture. To fix this, we need to mask the texture so that it only applies to our image we want texturized. Right click on the texture layer and click “Create Clipping Mask.” With the texture layer selected, press the Image tab and then click on Adjustments > Levels. Then, move the input sliders until the texture is more visible on your image. That sums up  the whole process.

I hope that it will help you and from now on, hopefully you will follow this procedure more often in Photoshop and be an expert in this field in the future.


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