I have seen other photographers use deviantart art work as backdrops in their photography with exotic outcomes. I haven't been successful in figuring out how this is done. Would anyone please share your own experience or links to tutorials or helpful resources? Thank you.
Textures are simply images of other flat or not so flat subjects added to a conventional color or B&W image. Here's an example of one of mine: here
So to do this you need an image and at least one texture image.
1.) Open both in Photoshop 2.) Drag the texture layer over to the image you want to add it too. 3.) Change the blend mode of the layer to what is appropriate for the result your looking for.
Using multiple textures as in the example above, you add multiple texture layers and change their layer modes and opacities to achieve the effect you want. Simple and fun to do.
In my example image there were 6 textures applied in 14 layers in various different blending modes. I like to use Multiply, Color Dodge, Soft Light, Divide, as good places to start, but because the layer modes are very dependent on the textures you use, this is very much the artistic part of the process.