Several years ago I was introduced to the idea of enhancing photographs with texture overlays. There are a variety of ways to obtain textures. One is to shoot them yourself. I especially like rusted metal. Second is to find them online free but sometimes they are very small sizes and when you enlarge them they are very pixelated. Third is to buy them. My favorite textures are from flypapertextures.com.
I have been able to take some very ordinary photographs and make them into photographs I love.
You need to do this in Photoshop because you will have multiple layers. It is a trial and error process. A texture that looks good on one photograph may not look good on another photograph.
First, I have a folder with all my textures in it. When I start working on a photograph I will pick at least 5 or 6 that I think might look good. I open all the textures in Photoshop and move them into the original photograph. Then comes the fun part. On each texture layer I go through all the blending modes to see which one looks the best. Then I work with the opacity. I do this on each layer until I have the right combination. Sometimes I will use several textures and sometimes I only use one. Every photograph is different.
Contributed by Renee Lowery