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28. Photoshop Elements Texture Tutorial

Photoshop Elements texture tutorials are a dime a dozen these days.  I’m going to add my two cents worth below and detail the specific steps I used on a particular image.  And there is a free action alert at the bottom of this post!

What is the best tutorial you’ve seen for using textures and overlays in PSE? My favorite, as I mentioned last week, is on Patti Brown’s Kaleidoscope website.  Her video tutorials suggested many great ideas to me.

One tip which I will play with every time I use a texture in the future is to free transform the texture layer (control+T) and move it around over the image until you find perfect placement. This is particularly helpful with Patti’s Light Flare collection.

Don’t forget to place your entries in the contest for the entire Kaleidoscope collection.  Entries will be closed at midnight CST on March 17.

Ok, so back to my texture workflow.

I started here, after editing and sharpening:

With this image open in PSE, I used the Place command (File Menu) to bring in textures from Patti’s Collection that I thought might work nicely with this image.  I wasn’t wild about the background of this picture – my main goal in adding a texture was to find something that would add depth and take away the “backyard” feel of the image.

For each new layer that I created, I used Control+T (free transform) to size and position the overlay.  Then, I scrolled through the blending modes to find the mode that got me closest to the result I was looking for.

Next step was to add layer masks and create a quick mask that would look something like the final product.

My layers palette at the end looked like this:

You can see that I turned off Dream Burst and Meadow 3 (by clicking on the eyeballs) because they didn’t give me the look I was going for.

Abstract Edge 1 at the Overlay blend mode and 77% opacity was just about it.  I wanted the effect to be a bit stronger, so I duplicated the layer and changed the blend mode of the duplicate to Soft Light, keeping the 77% opacity.

After refining my layer masks, the image was complete!


MCP has a free action for Photoshop Elements that places a texture for you and shows you what it looks like in all the important blend modes.  Check it out!

28. Photoshop Elements Texture Tutorial was last modified: June 21st, 2015 by Erin Peloquin


  1. wayoutnumbered Says :
    Posted on March 17, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Well you know I’m a texture junkie and I’m glad to see you’re on your way to becoming one too! What a gorgeous photo….with or without the texture!
    I can’t say enough good things about Patti’s textures…they truly will transform the way you shoot and edit~
    .-= wayoutnumbered´s last blog ..I Heart Faces ~ Bundle Up =-.

  2. Joanie Says :
    Posted on March 17, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Hi, I have a question. How do you add a layer mask to that same layer in PSE? I know how to use an adjustment layer clipped to the texture layer to achieve the same effect, but this would be so nice.

    • Kyle Says :
      Posted on May 25, 2011 at 1:54 pm

      I hope you have an answer by now but if not, you can do a web-search for a downloadable file much like an action that will give you the ability to have layer masks. Texaschicks may have a blog post about it if you want to search there first.

  3. Patti Brown Says :
    Posted on March 18, 2010 at 8:04 am

    Hi Erin, so glad you are enjoying Kaleidoscope! I’m so glad you mentioned MCP’s free elements action as well. The MCP blog is an incredible resource for learning about Photoshop.

    Thanks again! – PB

  4. Maria
    Posted on November 16, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Sometimes I have trouble deciding which texture I like best. Is there a way to try several textures without having to mask the object out over and over again on different textures? Is there a tip available that I do not know about?
    I hope my question makes sense.
    Thanks, Maria

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