Add a scratched tex­ture in Pho­to­shop for an omi­nous ef­fect

Practical Photography (UK) - - Halloween Projects -

If you want to take your ghostly image to the next level, con­sider adding a scratch tex­ture. While this is a sim­ple tech­nique, it has a pow­er­ful ef­fect, hint­ing at the print en­dur­ing long years of mis­treat­ment be­fore be­ing re­dis­cov­ered. While you can shoot your own scratched and dusty tex­ture, there are loads of free down­loads to be found on­line, so check out rep­utable web­sites. We rec­om­mend con­vert­ing your ar­chi­tec­tural image to mono, so if you do this then you’ll also need to make your tex­ture black & white (Image> Ad­just­ments> Black & White). Oth­er­wise, you’ll get a colour cast laid over your mono shot. Save your edited tex­ture, and then drag it onto your ar­chi­tec­tural photo. Go to the Lay­ers panel and se­lect Lighten. If the ef­fect is too strong, then use the Opac­ity slider to soften it un­til you’re happy with the fi­nal shot.

Below Us­ing a nar­row aper­ture of around f/16 will cre­ate the sun­burst ef­fect – these shafts of light are pro­duced by the aper­ture blades in­side your lens.

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