Magnolia (Photo by iHanna - Hanna Andersson)
Early in May the magnolia buds was twirling…

Pensι
the violette Penses moved outside.

Pens?

Yellow tulip
…the tulips started to think about blooming.

Dew drops
And I went about with my camera while some green leafs made water fountains after the rain. All was as it usually is in the garden during spring.

But when I came inside I decided to experiment a bit with the original photos, as you can see above, and add “texture”…

In the garden
The original photos were brighter and not as stained as you can see, but with a bit of experimenting I aged them quite a bit. I like both versions, but they do evoke very different feelings, don’t they? You see this done a lot in some cool photography blogs these days, so I wanted to try it out. Adding a texture means basically that you add another layer to your photo to give it extra detail.

This is how you do it: Download a file that you would want to use as your texture. Something that looks like a wall, bark or dust is good. Search on flickr for free textures. Then you open your own photo in Photoshop. Open the texture file and copy it into your first image. You now have two layers there. Change the opacity of the “texture layer” to about 10-50 %, and you will see your own photo through it. When you are happy with it flatten layers and save as jpg. The effect will create a new look for the first photo. This is how you add a “texture” to your photography, now go experiment!

When you add a “texture” you add another dimension and start playing with the feeling of the photography. This is my first “series” of photos using a texture and I’m really pleased with how the photos look. The texture is found in flickr’s Free collages images pool and it is called sidewalk raindrops. I’m going to continue to play with this some more.

* Susan Tuttle’s book Digital Expressions is high up on my wish list!
* If you need a better explanation of texture layers, read the Ehow Tutorial. Let me know what you come up with!