How can you overlay photos in Photoshop?

Overlay with textures

Much in our world is worth capturing with a camera. But if a simple photo isn't enough for you, Photoshop opens up an even wider world of possibilities.

In terms of educational language, the term “texture” in German originally describes the internal structure or a context - according to the venerable Brockhaus - after the Latin “textura” (tissue). Nowadays, however, this reading has hardly anything to do with the reality of life of a photo editor or even a photographer.

Today the term “texture” mainly stands for the structured nature of a surface. “Texturing” is a fixed term, especially in 3D programs - it gives the surfaces of 3D objects not only color, but also details and depth.


Overlay Effects

By overlaying textures with appropriate blending modes, you can make images appear older or, as shown here, create creative portrait effects. Adjust the textures with "Edit> Transform> Deform" respectively »Filter> Liquify« to the respective surface and selectively hide the textures with a mask.


01 Overlay

For my montage “The paint is off!” I used the photo of a pane of glass sprayed with paint (a) in Modus "Multiply" as well as my grimacing self-portrait (b) as a background layer. I matched the overlying layer "Transform> Deform" roughly the shape of the face (c).

02 adjustments

The texture multiplied in had three undesirable effects: the highlights were darkened too much, the saturation was too high, and both the eyes and the background were superimposed. You solve problem one with an adjustment level »Tonal Correction« (d) where you crop the lights, problem two with an adjustment layer "Hue / Saturation" (e), problem three with a layer mask (f). You have probably already noticed: In addition, the background has been replaced with a dramatic sky.


Overlay with textures: In DOCMA 81 (March / April 2018 edition) you can find out more about how you can use structures that have been photographed or created with filters to creatively stylize your photos.



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