Today’s photo editing challenge is about learning how to use texture overlays to create an artistic look for your images.
You will learn how to apply a texture overlay using Luminar 4. Your challenge today is to find a texture that works with the image for the look you want to create. Then to continue that and apply a LUT to add a color style as a finishing touch.
If you have an older version of Luminar it works the same way. If you are using Lightroom, you will need a program that either handles layers like Photoshop, Elements, etc. Or you can download the trial for Luminar 4 and follow along.
Photography Challenge Themes for the Week
Over the course of these 7 days, we’ll be working with these photography themes and practice these editing techniques:
- Street photography – learn about basic edits like contrast and color adjustments and how to apply a Look or preset.
- Portrait and people photography – learn how to do skin retouching and facial enhancements the easy way, and keep it looking natural.
- Black and white conversion – see how to do it the right and wrong way, and how to take your b/w images to another creative level with split toning.
- Details and masking – you’ll learn how to do local edits that apply to just part of the image, and how to enhance sharpness and detail in those targeted areas.
- Landscape photography – take your nature photos up a notch, bring out details in highlight and shadows areas, and see how to replace the sky (not everyone’s cup of tea but you’ll see how easy it is with Luminar 4).
- Texture overlay – learn how to give your images a fine art style with a texture overlay (you’ll even get a few of mine to play with and try out)
- Night photography – learn how to apply many of the techniques you already learned and bring it all together to enhance and bring out details in a stunning night photo I took in Japan.
Step 1 – Download the RAW image
Raw Image File to Process
If you joined the challenge, you’ll have been sent the RAW file to edit in the email for this challenge. If you’d like the file to process, simply join the challenge.
Step 2 – Photo Editing Software
You’ll need some form of photo editing software in order to follow along with this challenge. I’m using Lightroom and Luminar 4 Software by Skylum (#aff) in the example videos for the challenge. If you’re already using some sort of photo editing software to process your images, you will be able to do this just fine.
If you’d like to do the challenge using the same software I’m using, you can download a free trial of Luminar 4 for Mac or PC (#aff) and try it out for 7 days.
I’m a Skylum Ambassador, as well as an affiliate partner with them. If you choose to purchase the software after the trial expires, I earn a small commission. There is no extra charge to you. I reviewed over 10 editors recently, and I concluded that Luminar was one of the best photo editing programs for beginners. I recommend it because I’m confident you’ll come to love it.
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7-Day Trial: Luminar 4 (#aff)
To download the trial, use the pull-down menu at the top of the page and choose “Download Trial” as seen in this image below.
Step 3 – watch the video tutorial
Next, watch the video below and follow along if you want. Feel free to pause if you need to, or rewind and watch any parts again. If you have any questions just leave a comment at the bottom of this page.
7-Day Photography Challenge
You’re reading one of a seven-part photography challenge on photo editing. To follow along with this 7-day photography challenge, enter your email address here.
You’ll be sent a daily email with a new editing challenge, and have access to my RAW files to work with so you can follow along.
Join: 7-Day Editing Challenge
Step 4 – Process the image
Now it’s your turn!
Open the image in Luminar 4 or your software of choice that works with layers and give it a go. Have some fun with one and try different texture images as the overlay, different blend modes, and even adding more than one texture (just add an Adjustment Layer in Luminar).
As mentioned in the video, besides the raw image for today I’ve also provided five different texture images for you to practice with which are available to subscribers in the email you receive.
The images were all shot in Cuba and I will have a full set of 50 texture overlays available for purchase soon as well. So you get to be testers for me!
Here are more variations I made of this image using the other four images you’ll receive. I applied a different LUT with each texture to give them all a unique look. See how you make out with them.
Feel free to get as creative as you like with this. Just remember we have a dedicated black and white day coming up so you might want to save that for later.
If you want more options you can find another texture set here in the Skylum Marketplace. It’s a FREE download, created by Richard Harrington!
Step 5 – Share your finished image
Lastly, we want to see what you’ve created – your final finished version (or a few of them). This is how to share your saved image.
Use the commenting system on the bottom of this page to share your image, how you did it, and any experiences you had while doing the challenge. You can also share on social media using the hashtag #DPM-7DayChallenge
There are 7 days of practical action taking steps in this photo editing challenge.
Join and follow along and you’ll find you get more confident each and every day. By spending some time each and every day practicing editing your photos, you’ll find your friends and family starting to say “WOW, that’s a great photo!”