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WMW – Using overlays and textures to fix a photo

by Rebecca on 6 March 2013
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You would think with the technology today that poor photos would be a thing of the past but it simply isn’t so.  Sometimes a photo really is just  too bad to use but sometimes a little tweaking is all that is needed to salvage a “borderline” photo.  Earlier this week someone said they didn’t really know what to do with textures so I thought it would make a good topic.  You see textures used often by designers for papers or elements but I use them to offset photo flaws.

This photo is from a parade in Japan.  At first glance it looks pretty good but when I zoom in to 100% I see it’s blurry and a bit out of focus.

Still, I love the photo and I want to do what I can to save it.  I first used the clone tool to remove the power lines and pole.  It really takes away from the beautiful colors and lights.

I also added a levels adjustment to bring out the colors.

Next I started adding textures.  In this case I used several.  I kept adding until I got the look I wanted.

Here is what I used to create the finished photo.

Mossy Overlays by Ambowife Designs.  They’re free.  FREE is always good right?
Water Logged Overlays by BooLand Designs.  They’re retiring and 75% off.
Texturific Fabrics by Snickerdoodle Designs.  These are 50% off for one week.

I used to hate it when some photoshop savvy person would say “just play with the software” but testing the blending modes, opacity and fills is really your friend here.  I group my items too so I can turn off an entire set and see which I like more.


This method of overlays and textures works beautifully to correct minor blemishes on older photos too so if you’re in a pinch to fix something fast you might want to reach for a texture…or 2.

Here’s a final close up with the texturized details.  It’s not perfect but that texture makes it look like it’s supposed to be that way so I think I can pass it off on a page or in a photo book.

Give it a go.  The possibilities are endless and I took a quick glance in the Overlays and Textures category and there are almost 700 to choose from right now.


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1 SnickerdoodleDesigns 6 March 2013 at 1:41 pm

Great tip, Rebecca, and a wonderful example!


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