How to Add Textures & Overlays to a Photo in Photoshop

Are you tired of your photos looking flat and lifeless? Do you want to add a touch of creativity and depth to your images? Look no further! In this blog post, we will explore the wonderful world of adding textures and overlays to your photos using Photoshop. Textures and overlays are versatile tools that can enhance the mood, create visual interest, and add a distinctive style to your images. Whether you are an amateur photographer or a professional seeking to elevate your work, this step-by-step guide will teach you how to effectively incorporate textures and overlays into your photos, transforming them into captivating masterpieces. Let’s dive in and unlock the full potential of your photographs!

How to Add Textures & Overlays to a Photo in Photoshop


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Step 1: Get the Texture

To begin, you’ll need to find a suitable texture image. For this tutorial, we’ll be using raindrops and bokeh. Look for light elements on a dark background to mix with your base image.

Step 2: Bring the Texture into Photoshop

Open Photoshop and open both the base image and the texture image. Use the Move tool to drag the texture onto the base image. Press F4 to enter full-screen mode.

Step 3: Resize and Blend the Texture

Use the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) to resize the texture to your desired size. Next, change the blend mode of the texture layer to “Screen” to make the dark areas invisible. Adjust the position as needed.

Step 4: Blur the Texture (Optional)

To create a more realistic effect, you can blur the texture. Right-click on the texture layer and choose “Convert to Smart Object.” Change the blend mode back to “Normal.” Go to Filter > Blur > Box Blur and adjust the settings to your preference.

Step 5: Adjust the Colors of the Texture

To match the colors of the base image, use the Hue/Saturation adjustment (Ctrl/Cmd + U). Click on “Colorize” and adjust the settings until you achieve the desired color. Experiment with different settings to integrate the texture more effectively.

Step 6: Fine-tune the Overlay

Play around with the different layers and blending options to make the texture blend seamlessly with the base image. You can duplicate the texture layer to add different colors and use layer masks to control the visibility.


By following these steps, you can easily add textures and overlays to your photos in Photoshop. Have fun experimenting with different textures and blending options to create unique and eye-catching images.

FAQ – How to Add Textures & Overlays to a Photo in Photoshop

Frequently Asked Questions – How to Add Textures & Overlays to a Photo in Photoshop

1. What are textures and overlays in Photoshop?

Textures and overlays are additional elements that can be added to a photo in Photoshop to enhance its appearance. They can be images or patterns that are placed on top of the original photo, creating unique effects and adding visual interest.

2. How can I add textures and overlays to a photo in Photoshop?

To add textures and overlays to a photo in Photoshop, follow these steps:

  1. Open your photo in Photoshop.
  2. Select the “File” menu, then choose “Place Embedded” or “Place Linked” to import the desired texture or overlay image into your document.
  3. Adjust the size, position, and orientation of the texture or overlay as desired.
  4. Change the blending mode of the texture or overlay layer to achieve the desired effect. Experiment with different blending modes like “Multiply,” “Overlay,” or “Soft Light” to see which one works best.
  5. Use layer masks or eraser tool to remove unwanted parts of the texture or overlay that cover important areas of your photo.
  6. Apply additional adjustments if needed, such as adjusting opacity, brightness, or contrast of the texture/overlay layer.
  7. Save your edited photo with the added textures and overlays.

3. Can I customize the appearance of textures and overlays in Photoshop?

Absolutely! Photoshop provides various tools and options to customize the appearance of textures and overlays. You can adjust their opacity, blend modes, scale, position, and apply various filters or adjustments to achieve unique effects and match your artistic vision.

4. Where can I find textures and overlays for Photoshop?

There are several websites where you can find textures and overlays for Photoshop. Some popular sources include free stock photo websites, graphic design resource websites, and online marketplaces specializing in digital assets. Additionally, you can create your own textures and overlays using Photoshop or other image editing software.

5. Are there any copyright issues when using textures and overlays?

It’s essential to ensure that you have the necessary rights or permissions when using textures and overlays in your photos. When downloading from free stock photo websites, check their licensing terms and conditions to ensure proper usage. If you purchase textures or overlays, make sure to review the license agreement provided. Using your own created textures and overlays is generally safe, but avoid using copyrighted materials without permission.

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