Apply textures to images in Photoshop

It is fairly simple & quick to apply textures to images in Photoshop. There are 5 easy steps. The method may vary slightly depending on the version of Photoshop you use, so I’ve included alternative ways to reach the same goal.

1. Open an image in Photoshop

  • In Photoshop, go to File > Open, & then select an image from your file directory, or
  • In your file directory (or Lightroom), right-click on an image & then select ‘Edit in Photoshop’, or
  • Drag an image from your file directory (or Lightroom) into Photoshop

ApplyTexture - 1. Open an image in Photoshop

2. Place a texture over the image

  • In Photoshop, go to File > Place, & then select a texture from your file directory (or Lightroom), or
  • Drag a texture from your file directory (or Lightroom) into Photoshop

ApplyTexture - 2. Place texture over the image

3. Adjust the size & position of the texture

  • Drag the corners of the texture to resize it

ApplyTexture - 3. Adjust the size & position of the texture

4. Adjust the blend mode of the texture layer

  • In the layers tab, select the blend mode from the drop-down menu.
  • As you select a mode, a preview will appear, which makes it easy to decide which mode works best for the image.

ApplyTexture - 4. Adjust the blend mode of the texture layer

5. Adjust the opacity of the texture layer

In the layers tab, move the opacity slider to the left (to reduce ) or the right (to increase) to change the opacity of the texture layer.

ApplyTexture - 5. Adjust the opacity of the texture layer
By adjusting the blend mode &/or opacity, the textures become translucent & visually merge with the layers below.
I hope you find this quick tutorial useful. Let me know if you have any questions.

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