The other day I was doing a portfolio review with someone and we both noted that when he used textures it gave his pictures an extra special…something.
Neither of us could quite put a word on what we meant, except for using the word: THICK
So, what in the world does it mean to say that texture makes photos look thick? I’ve thought about it, and what we both meant was that the photo looks more robust, full, and heavy with content. A picture will often look less flimsy, like there are more layers to it and there is more for the eye to see.
I have always textured my photos, all the way back to day 1. I thought the look was fascinating. It is a way to make pictures look aged or timeless, or painterly. It can add a special dimension to a photo that is often not easily achieved without that texture overlay. I never would have known where to start with using textures though if it weren’t for finding free textures online and being able to use them freely as well. My one-stop-shop is Les Brumes on flickr. I use those textures for 99% of what I do. I always tag my pictures with “textures by les brumes” so that it links back to her site.
Without that library of free images I would have been lost, and so I am constantly grateful that they were free for me to use. The other day Aaron Nace wrote to me saying that he mentioned me on his episode of Phlearn about textures, and I realized then that I have never made my own texture before. I was instantly inspired, and I began looking around my apartment for something that might be good. Low and behold, I found a dirty pot sitting on my stove. The side of it was scratched and yucky and perfect! I took a photo of it, and in turn made my first texture.
And in the spirit of giving, and as a big THANK YOU to everyone, Les Brumes especially, for helping me always, I want to give the texture to you so you can use it in your imagery. All you have to do is write, either in the description or tags, “texture by Brooke Shaden” and we are golden. You can click the texture to receive the full resolution size.
I used this texture for the first time in my picture “Reactions in the Prison Cell” and I really liked how it worked out. I hope you enjoy it!