Add a scratched texture in Photoshop for an ominous effect
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.