Photoshop makes it simple to add texture, glow, or imperfections to our digital photographs. Why would you do this? Some photographic subjects lend themselves to various special effects or enhancements. Photographs of old building like the one I took in Prague, Czech Republic above can be made to feel older with a subtle paper texture added. The emotion and mood of the performer in the image below can be enhanced with a bokeh color glow. As with any art form, how far to take these effects is completely subjective. I tend to prefer a more subtle approach.
Watch the video tutorial below to learn how to blend textures with your images:
Textures and bokeh backgrounds can be found anywhere. Consider building your own library by photographing old building or brick textures or even scanning in old paper, leather, or book covers. You can also search online for textures that are free to use under the creative commons license.