Working with textures: part two / 8 comments + post
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In this, the second part of our series on working with textures, we will continue our discussion of Michael Regnier’s work. In this instance though, in addition to discussing the techniques that are necessary to produce such images, we will be taking a detailed look at the creative and aesthetic processes that underpin their creation.

By the end of this tutorial you will:

  1. Understand how to use an additional range of blend modes to merge a textured image with your photographs.
  2. Have a better understanding of the relationship between technique and aesthetics.
  3. Be able to consider the creative/aesthetic potential offered by an original image.
  4. Be able to creatively alter specific sections of an image.


oldest comments first
comment by Roger at 03:15 PM on 28 June, 2009

Another outstanding tutorial David. Some fantastic images clearly described and so well presented. It was so good being able to see Mike's work....

comment by Dario at 08:13 AM on 29 June, 2009

Thanks David ;)

comment by Graham Harris at 11:51 AM on 1 July, 2009

An absolutely great tutorial. I have been following Michael's work on his site for a long while trying to understand how he gets there, now I know.

It is by far the best tutorial you have produced.

I look forward to more on this theme of the interpretive photographer.


comment by salvatore_ at 09:32 PM on 2 July, 2009

Another pearl!
Great ... ;)

comment by Bill grisaitis at 02:27 AM on 25 August, 2009


I really enjoyed these two Textures tutorials and how well you put them together. I found them quite inspirational and would hope you will do more.

I would like to see something on sources for textures... some seem to be of paintings?
some self created? Macro?

Bill Grisaitis

comment by djn1 at 05:00 AM on 25 August, 2009

Thanks Bill, and there is a section on obtaining and creating textures in part one, but I may well consider adding another section on this topic.

comment by Jonas (americanvirus) at 06:46 AM on 21 April, 2010

I enjoyed this one a lot!

When you started criticizing Image 2, for a moment it seemed sacrilegious, but then I really liked what you did with the image. It opened my eyes to how rigid I am. Up to this point, I've done a little bit of experimenting with the images that you've provided us, but most of the time I try to apply what I've learned from working through your images to my own photographs. I didn't play too much with your images because for some reason that seemed wrong. It's making me laugh now that I would restrict myself like that and refuse to be critical and playful in that way. I then started playing around and applying my own edits to Image 2. I came up with a version very different from both yours and Mike's versions. It was an image that seemed right to me. I preferred it over the others, which was kind of a breakthrough for me.

I very much enjoyed this texture series. I hope perhaps there's a chance there will be more guest photographers showcasing new techniques in the future. It's very interesting working through a different photographer's processing and coming out with another slant on how these things can be done.

Thanks again!

comment by Mike T from Calgary at 06:04 PM on 5 September, 2010

What a great series! I am fairly new to Photoshop and still find the interface not so user friendly..a couple of times thinking that I would just stick with Lightroom. After working through this tutorial however it was so much fun and it got me excited to go back through my images and see the possibilities. Thanks so much to both you and Michael for putting this together!