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How to Apply Textures and Overlays in Photoshop

Textures and Overlays allow you to add creative effects to your images in Photoshop. There are an insane amount of options out there of each, but the method for applying them is pretty consistent. In this video, I’ll show you how to apply textures and overlays in Photoshop. You can even download the ones I use in the video to try out on your own photos.

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  • gary

    Morgan your amazing and thank you iam a landscape photographer in beautiful lake tahoe i just purchased photoshop and lightroom cc and not real familiar with it but will be checking your tutorials and store thank you very much …gary

    • Morgan

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Gary! I hope you enjoy the tutorials here on the site and find them helpful in getting to know your software programs! If you have any questions, please let me know! 🙂

  • Annie1

    Morgan, thanks so much for your wonderful tutorials. You are a great teacher! I have one two-part request: I put a lot of black backgrounds on my photos. Can you do a tutorial on first, cutting out subjects and second, adding a dark bg? I use PS6 so I don’t have the most up to date version of PS. Getting good cutouts is very hard and masking off of subjects is hard also especially when it comes to working with hair on different animals and also on people. I really need some help in this area especially to find the fastest and easiest way to do things. I’ve looked at other programs that would make things easier but have not found a great one yet If anyone else has an answer to other programs, that would be great. Thanks so much for your tutorials. You are a great help.

    • Morgan

      Hi Annie, Thank you so much for your kind words! When you mention having PS6, do you mean Photoshop CS6? If so, I have a tutorial that can show you how to make a selection around your subject and their hair here. This tutorial is done using Photoshop CC, but there are written instructions below the video that can show you how to do something similar in earlier versions of Photoshop.

      If you don’t actually need to change the background, but instead just want to darken the current background to make it look black, I have this tutorial that may help you, too. In it, I show how to brighten and fill the area surrounding the subjects to create a white background. You could follow the same steps, but darken instead to create a black background.

      I hope these help! Let me know if you have any questions.

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