Because I don't have the artistic talent needed, I often Google random images with the overall shape I need/want and modify it by recolouring or by applying "textures" — quotes because I'm using this term very loosely.

I usually simply make the selection and Clip the texture or apply a Mask (Picture #2), easy, peasy. However, this time, the image I've picked has a noticeable difference (you'll see below) and the way I've been doing so far would reduce the significance of the whole picture.

This is the original image:

Original Image

And when I tried to change the Parchment texture using the first method I've learned I've got this:

Method #1

Result #1

The left/right rolls don't exist anymore.

Then, thinking I could recreate the Inner and the Outer Shadows, I spliced all four parts of the image (left and right rolls, the main parchment and the four... handles?) but the only way I managed to apply the texture -AND- have the Layers Effects was this:

Method #2

If you notice the Group Layers names, I'm still not quite satisfied with the results of this texture in particular (and I have like 8 more Layer Groups hidden from these screenshots) and having to duplicate the texture and the Layers Effects 3 times for every new texture I find, although easy, is not very practical.

And so I'm here, hoping to find if there's an easier or at least a smarter way of accomplishing this.


1 Answer 1

  • Place the texture layer with the area to be filled masked on top of the original image.
  • Duplicate the original image as a new layer, place it above the texture layer and desaturate it: menu Image > Adjustments > Desaturate
  • Change the desaturated layer blend mode to Multiply or Linear Burn and reduce the opacity
  • Modify the desaturated layer levels if necessary

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  • Geez! I kind of managed an alternative solution using Layer Groups right after posting but this is MUCH easier. I suppose that applying Levels is to counteract textures like this one that's "too whiteish" to right, am I correct? Jan 30, 2019 at 18:16
  • With levels you can adjust lights, shadows and midtones to make them darker or lighter, it doesn't has to be always lighter.
    – user120647
    Jan 30, 2019 at 18:21
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    I see, well, that really helped. Thank you for your time :) Jan 30, 2019 at 18:49
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    @Danielillo My compliments for your answer and for the animation.
    – Sebastiano
    Feb 3, 2019 at 9:22

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