Adding textures to paintings and photographs is as old as these art forms. This article focuses on artistic aspects of Texture Blending, starting with a brief overview.
Texture Blending Overview
With film, photographers created texture blended images by exposing multiple times with different textures and the main images. It could also be done by creating sandwiches of different negatives or blending in camera. Today the process is much easier to control by using Photoshop.
The idea is to blend a picture with one or more textures and let the result become more than the sum of the photos used. For us, Texture Blending is always an exploration process. This is done primarily by utilizing Photoshop’s Blending Modes to blend the images. Texture Blending in not a mechanical process. Experimentation is key, and we always try to get surprised. You will learn that good textures are as important as your so-called main images. We create new textures all the time by photographing, collecting from the web (always respecting copyrights) and Texture Blending of textures. It is not easy to get textures of a good resolution. Sometimes texture resolution does not matter, but then in other cases it does. Making textures smaller is easy, but you cannot create artificial resolution.
Photos and Paintings
Do we want to create images that look like paintings? We don’t really think that way. But in some ways, our images have a certain painterly look. When we work on our images, we think about enhancing their visual impact and not what painters would do. We always think about the mood of the photos.
In most cases, the base image is a very realistic image. It then gets enhanced using abstract patterns (sometime we use simple collages). In the end we may use techniques like painters, but we don’t think in terms of painting.
Some Photography Myths
Photographers are often fixated on sharpness and resolution. Texture Blending will actually often reduce the sharpness and detail. It is all about the mood we want to create. We also do not care much about “correct” colors. First of all, we would need to define what this is (except in the world of pure product photography). Again, the color is a major element to create the mood we like. Dark colors play an important role for us.
We often shoot in light many photographers would avoid and not much at the so-called golden light of the morning or evening. We love early morning light and also some soft overcast. In the end, we create some of the light with our Texture Blending.
The Art Of Texture Blending
All these images were created using our own Texture Blending technique and they demonstrate a variety of reasons to apply Texture Blending.