Before And After Texture Recipe: Love-in-a-Mist

Quick texture example using a macro photo of a Love-in-a-Mist flower with a painterly texture.

Before and after texture example of a Love-in-aMist flower.

Easy Texture Recipe Example

Here’s a really quick example of an easy textured flower. I photographed this Love-in-a-mist flower in my studio against a white background. When you use a white background, it makes it really easy to add a texture using the blend mode Multiply. The Multiply blend mode adds to your image, so when there are light-colored sections, the texture replaces the white. If you use the right texture (it takes a little practice figuring out what the right texture is) then only a little bit of masking is needed to keep desired detail in the subject matter. It’s best when you don’t completely mask the flower. Letting the texture blend with parts of the image is the goal.

The Photoshop Layer Panel

The layer panel below shows you how easy this image is.

  • Texture: The texture is Brest from the Artiste collection. It is set to a blend mode of Multiply at 100% Opacity.
  • I used adjustments layers to alter the texture slightly. Levels to brighten it and vibrancy for a color pop.
  • The texture adjustments were added using a clipping mask.

Photoshop Layer Panel showing texture

The Layer Mask

Here is a better look at the layer mask. Note how the flower is not completely masked. With texture work, it is usually better to allow the texture to blend with the subject matter. Depending on the image and texture combination, sometimes no layer mask is needed at all.

Photoshop layer mask shown

Aside: Love-in-a-mist in French are Nigella des Damas

Used In This Image
Artiste Fine Art Textures

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6 Responses to Before And After Texture Recipe: Love-in-a-Mist

  1. Kate August 14, 2015 at 8:54 pm #


    Thank you this just terrific. This is the type of
    tutorial that is exceptionally inspirational….you can apply this
    to so many projects!

    • Leslie Nicole August 15, 2015 at 5:35 pm #

      Thank you, Kate. Glad it was inspirational for you!

  2. Pat Stoddard May 18, 2016 at 7:28 pm #

    This is a simple way to show how to use the layer mask. I am interested in doing photos using this method. Thank you Leslie for showing this.

  3. Suzan Dowell July 28, 2016 at 8:20 pm #

    Your work brings such joy and simply makes me smile. It cannot help but inspire.

  4. Robin August 20, 2016 at 4:03 am #

    beautiful work!!

  5. Dina May 2, 2017 at 5:01 am #


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