Bougainvillea Angel

Before and after processing with texture overlays …

A quick edit, using one texture that adds depth to the original image.

Photoshop Texture Recipe

Several layers of the same texture are applied using different layer modes in Photoshop.


Goldfields – a grungy red texture of the sky over Kalgoorlie combined with scratched metal (to view a larger size, click on the thumbnail)


  1. Over the original image
  2. Goldfields: Luminosity 20% (to create a visible base for the texture over such a pale image)
  3. Goldfields: Hard Light 50% (I usually prefer the subtle effect of Soft Light, but it wasn’t strong enough over this pale image)
  4. Original Image: Normal 50%, on a layer mask gently remove the background to reveal the texture layer below, using a large soft brush @ 100%
  5. Original Image: Normal 50% (to blend the layers)
  6. Once finished, create a composite of all visible layers, using Photoshop keyboard shortcuts (Shift+Option+Command+E on a Mac; Shift+Alt+Cntrl+E on a PC).
  7. Sharpen the composite, using Filter > Sharpen > Sharpen Edges
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