Adding Texture to Glamour Portraits

In the seemingly never-ending search for creative ways to retouch glamour portraits, the use of textures should always be considered. If the portrait has a hi-key (white seamless) background (even a dirty, scuffed-up background), the process is incredibly easy. Here is such a portrait of the model Andrelica:

Scuff marks on the seamless material are of no consequence with this technique.

Scuff marks on the seamless material are of no consequence with this technique.

Next we need a texture. This is called Explorer (Cool) and is available for free from the great website of Joel Olives:

Textures which are uncluttered in the center are best for use with portraits.

Textures which are uncluttered in the center are best for use with portraits.

All you do is place the texture layer beneath the portrait layer in Photoshop. Once you change the layer blend mode of the top portrait layer to Multiply, you get this:

No masking is needed. Note that the shadows of the model and chair are maintained.

No masking is needed. Note that the shadows of the model and chair are maintained.

Textures that simulate paper are also very useful. Here is a hi-key image of Tiffany blended with a free texture from OnOne called ColoredPaper9:

Textures simulating paper are simple and less distracting.

Textures simulating paper are simple and less distracting.

This simple technique works nicely with grey seamless paper as well. Sarah was photographed with a grey seamless paper, and the texture is the same Explorer (Cool) used in the first example above to make comparison easy:

The look is a bit darker when blended against the grey background.

The look is a bit darker when blended against the grey background.