Textures can dramatically alter the feeling of a photograph. By cleverly using textures and overlaying them on a photograph, you can add a grungy feeling, a watercolor or painted feeling, a surreal feeling, or many other feelings to the photograph. Additionally, textures can help make certain elements in a photograph really pop, while also helping you to draw attention to certain parts of the photograph in almost a vignette effect.

The best way to experiment with textures in photography is to simply open up your photography processing program such as Photoshop, and experimenting with blending modes and different textures and seeing what the result is. Some textures work better on black and white photographs, while others perfectly complement vibrantly colored photographs.

Check out these examples of textures in photography:

Deep in my Soul by Nadine Lotze

Deep in my Soul by Nadine Lotze

The Alternative Way by Ben Goossens

The Alternative Way by Ben Goossens

Textured Roses by Susan Thompson

Textured Roses by Susan Thompson

Taj Mahal Reflection by Daniel Packham

Taj Mahal Reflection by Daniel Packham

Textured Journey by Michael Shepherd

Textured Journey by Michael Shepherd

In Restless Dreams by Anja Buehrer

In Restless Dreams by Anja Buehrer

Textured at the Market by Susan Thompson

Textured at the Market by Susan Thompson

Behind the dream Wall by Adrian Donoghue

Behind the dream Wall by Adrian Donoghue

Textured Farm by Laurie Crofoot

Textured Farm by Laurie Crofoot

Textured Train Tracks by Susan Thompson

Textured Train Tracks by Susan Thompson

Lignum by Hardibudi

Lignum by Hardibudi

Four Times Hatters by Rony Asmara Rikin

Four Times Hatters by Rony Asmara Rikin

To Have and Not To Hold by Daria Endresen

To Have and Not To Hold by Daria Endresen

Wild in B&W by Antonio Arcos

Wild in B&W by Antonio Arcos

Brooklyn Bridge by Carlos Restrepo

Brooklyn Bridge by Carlos Restrepo

Textured Butterfly by Pamela Oliveras

Textured Butterfly by Pamela Oliveras

Venetian by Franklin Thompson

Venetian by Franklin Thompson

The Field by Dara D

The Field by Dara D

On Track by Dirk Wuestenhagen

On Track by Dirk Wuestenhagen

Sunset of Colors by Aaron Burden

Sunset of Colors by Aaron Burden