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Stunning Textures

posted by ugaldew, May 24, 2006 5:47 AM — 70 comments

HI SXCers and guests , In this visual- tutorial we will learn the easy technique of getting stunning textures in your images , the process is a variation of my previous Professional Retouching tutorial and even when the process is very very easy ( 4 minute edition) the results can turn an ordinary pic into a forget me not scene , for this tutorial you will need Photoshop and do not worry if you are a PS newbie it is quite easy .. so lets get started !

This is the effect we want to get in this practice


Download this practice's PSD file (0.7MB)

I will use Fall2 by Gorkola at SXC

>> Step 1
Open and Duplicate Layer

Open Fall 2 image and duplicate the background layer ( layer/duplicate layer ) or left click in background layer and duplicate

>> Step 2
Apply Gaussian Blur

Select the duplicated layer (background copy ) and add “Gaussian Blur” (filter / blur / Gaussian blur )

It hast to look rather blurry similar to the example , but don’t worry too much about this step you can add more blur at any moment of the process

>> Step 3
Reduce Layer's Opacity

Set the layer’s opacity value to 50%. (layers / layer style / blending options ) slide to 50% the opacity slider in the top of the layer palette.

The opacity can go from 30% to 60% it will determine how soft the pic will be

>> Step 4
Add Mask sharpen items

So far we have achieved to get the softness and most part of the process is done , but there may be some items that look rather blurry and a bit of sharpening will make it look more real . For this (fall 2) image I will mask some branches and the bench

Add a mask in the layer we have been working into (Background Copy)

Set the soft brush tool with at least 50 % of opacity and black color and then brush the details you want to sharpen (bench , leaves, branches etc)

And we are done !!! So far the picture has to look like this

In contrast with the original


So that was all !!!

>> EXTRA Step
Add a hue/saturation adjustment layer

I want to add some funky tones to the scene , so I’m going to add a hue/saturation adjustment layer. So lets go to the layers palette and click the (adjustment layer button) the black and white circle at the bottom and then click hue/saturation in the pop up menu

Then play a bit with the hue and we are done !!

This is are the tones I liked

I hope you have found this tutorial useful , and that you have enjoyed as much as I did writing it , please feel free to ask anything or write an email to if you have more doubts or comments about this tutorial

Miguel Ugalde Ugaldew

Here are some examples

For this example I added some more adjustments layers

You can download this example's PSD file

Example 2

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1. posted by designby7, Jul 15, 2006 12:23 PM

This makes me want to go back and try it on some of my older photos

2. posted by anjusnav, Jul 15, 2006 2:55 PM

This is very useful to us


3. posted by cr55, Oct 19, 2006 12:02 AM

Excellent results and easy to follow, thanks.

4. posted by deepcat, May 24, 2006 3:06 PM

very well done and useful ! thx

5. posted by rrss, May 24, 2006 11:22 PM

Stunning examples. I'm of to try. Spot on. :)

6. posted by slonecker, May 25, 2006 12:21 AM

Excellent explanation...

7. posted by christgr, May 25, 2006 11:45 AM


8. posted by hilaryaq, May 28, 2006 6:05 PM

Very nice, thanks!

9. posted by mmilojko, May 29, 2006 12:11 AM

Great! I Like It.

10. posted by Jeanicious, May 31, 2006 2:30 PM

Nice and simple way to upgrade photos. I tried it on some, and they turned out quite nice.

11. posted by -virginia-, Jun 1, 2006 12:56 PM

Simple way to make great photos even more stunning. Thank you for the post. :)

12. posted by prezesss, Jul 14, 2006 6:10 PM


13. posted by xoxo007, Dec 1, 2006 11:20 PM

OMG.. i´ve been waiting for a tuto like this one.. Great job!!!

14. posted by glenfin, Dec 1, 2006 5:05 PM

Wonderful effects to the scene.
Easy to follow tutorial. Thanks,

15. posted by abeall, Jun 8, 2006 3:00 AM

The "bloom" effect. I love it. Easy to overdue, though, IMO.


16. posted by vjtom, Aug 9, 2006 4:15 AM

thanyks this pictures beautifull..... Color, and :D

17. posted by cro_digi, Aug 9, 2006 8:01 PM

great! tnx ;)

18. posted by photos71, Aug 12, 2006 2:48 AM

Wow! I will practice this technique... thanks!!!

19. posted by kalimero77, Aug 29, 2006 1:33 PM

thats what i alwys was looking for! thanks

20. posted by maraba, Sep 3, 2006 8:38 AM

Thank you ungaldew.

21. posted by nimbuz, Sep 5, 2006 5:55 PM

Awesome! Great great tutorial!

22. posted by dtlstudio, Sep 14, 2006 1:28 PM

Its really great to see and work on the pictures. These tutorials are very helpful.

Thanks a lot .

23. posted by silent_2_h, Sep 17, 2006 10:59 AM

it's very useful effect! thank you very much!!!....

24. posted by majkell, Sep 20, 2006 2:44 PM

super ! Dzi?ki wielkie !
Superb ! Big THX !

25. posted by ccminter, Sep 20, 2006 4:47 PM

GREAT! I've been looking for a way to do this!

26. posted by chlcl, Sep 25, 2006 8:12 AM

Great Help tx

27. posted by Kurapica, Sep 28, 2006 5:11 PM

very wonderful!

28. posted by -Axel-, Sep 30, 2006 7:45 AM

Muy bueno ^^

29. posted by suhail7, Oct 2, 2006 3:05 AM

booming! my best salam to you! ^_^

30. posted by beetlewing, Oct 22, 2006 4:21 AM

good stuff =)

..i do something similar to this, but i use:

1. duplicate layer
2. screen top layer
3. gaussin blur top layer to desired effect (i think i usually use a setting of 2-4... can't remember right now)

note: this way tends to add an exposure change to the picture

31. posted by beetlewing, Oct 22, 2006 4:23 AM

forgot to mention in my comment that you can also control the effect by adjusting the transparency of the screened layer (top)


32. posted by eyespywith, Oct 27, 2006 3:09 PM

awesome loving your work

33. posted by mongogoran, Nov 2, 2006 4:53 PM

Very nice! thank you!

34. posted by anum, Mar 1, 2007 9:51 PM

thank you, I learned A LOT!

35. posted by ctrigger, Nov 10, 2006 2:11 PM

Awesome! Clear, concise, simple, and really quite stunning.

36. posted by nadoiz, Mar 16, 2007 1:41 AM

I was looking for this long time, nice work thx!

37. posted by bkk9qkc, Dec 3, 2006 3:40 PM

It s very easy and very good job!Thanks your teaching

38. posted by lingyew, Dec 13, 2006 7:48 PM

Love this tutorial. Very easy to follow. Thanks heaps.

39. posted by namone_, Dec 16, 2006 4:31 PM

Thank you so much, very useful!

40. posted by prone, Jan 2, 2007 12:06 PM

a great tutorial!
easy to follow and very useful!

thanx :-)

41. posted by bykaty, Jan 27, 2007 2:40 AM

Love this tutorial.

Thank you so much!!!

42. posted by visay, Feb 6, 2007 12:00 PM

keep going on!!! i really love all your tutorial, ugaldew.

43. posted by visay, Feb 6, 2007 12:00 PM

keep going on!!! i really love all your tutorial, ugaldew.

44. posted by neonissima, Feb 9, 2007 1:27 PM

nice! Maybe I'll try it.

45. posted by neonissima, Feb 9, 2007 1:31 PM

That was a bit understated. I love it!

46. posted by pikolo1983, Mar 3, 2007 11:05 AM

thats awesome

47. posted by gokercy61, Mar 9, 2007 10:12 PM

That's really awesome, I loved to use it! I have already been using Gaussian Blur with Soft Light Layer but this is much better than it! Thanks.

48. posted by Jsticker, Apr 10, 2007 1:24 AM

Great, thanks!

49. posted by mafdet, May 27, 2007 6:27 PM

Great tutorial, many thanks.

50. posted by valwiens, Jun 7, 2007 11:29 PM

Wow, so easy! Thanks.

51. posted by pinaffo, Jul 20, 2007 1:48 AM


52. posted by don2007, Aug 30, 2007 9:57 AM

excellent because its easy and effective!

in other word its


53. posted by Essiexxx, Sep 13, 2007 11:37 AM


54. posted by sxchuman, Sep 20, 2007 2:08 PM

Thank you so much, very useful!

55. posted by eggcustard, Oct 12, 2007 12:23 PM

Nice Images and technique... simple but very affective!
Like the colours too.

56. posted by AjjiBan, Dec 11, 2007 9:46 PM

Gorgeous~ @ o@
I really love this tutorial~ lovely!

57. posted by massimo22, Dec 15, 2007 3:07 AM

I think I found my favorite tutorial !! Makes the pictures stand out. Great instructions too. Thanks

58. posted by recabron, Dec 15, 2007 7:39 PM

Thanx for this lesson, aprecciate your work.

59. posted by 3dsmaxguru, Dec 31, 2007 10:03 PM

Simple AND effective! Nice!
thank you!

60. posted by boymc, Oct 17, 2009 10:36 AM

nice screen
good tutorial..

61. posted by rmcaq82, Feb 28, 2008 6:06 PM

Great work!
Tanks for the lesson!
Real fun!

62. posted by dinobe, Mar 10, 2008 3:08 AM

stunning effect! thank you!

63. posted by Junior7, Mar 10, 2008 5:01 AM

Great Job ^^

64. posted by fehimeren, Apr 5, 2008 12:47 PM

i can do for film editing
people tewaeker effect

65. posted by surfchik, Jun 13, 2008 7:11 PM

NICE! and quite simple! Thanks.

66. posted by anna_gaby, Dec 17, 2008 8:19 PM

Facil y bonito.
Muy Bien!

67. posted by rrskiran, Mar 25, 2009 11:54 AM

good tutorial

68. posted by frndd, Aug 27, 2009 9:48 AM

nice..good tutorial..

69. posted by escan, Aug 20, 2010 3:00 PM

Thanks much for tut:)

70. posted by trainer2, May 31, 2013 9:13 AM

It helped me!!! thanks!

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