What can I do, my texture is the wrong colour?

When I first started photoediting and using textures, I thought I needed to have a texture in every exact colour I wanted. Now I just change the colours as I need, and instead I look for interesting shapes & combinations of light & dark areas in textures.

TEXTURE – I downloaded a free texture called ‘the colors of summer’ from The Dailytexture.com https://www.dailytexture.com/store/c17/Free_Textures.html but I
I really wanted something in the cooler / muted pink tones to match the cat image I wanted to apply a texture to. I happened to be working on an image of a bride in a lake that was almost the tones that I thought would work. Photoshop can take the colour from the bride image and apply them to the texture image & create a new coloured texture.

1. COLOUR CHANGE – working on a copy of your texture, select the texture image then go to Image / Adjustments / Adjust colour…
Go to the Source drop down box & select the name of the image in the tones you want ( eg I selected the image of the bride)
Go to the Image Options sliders & you can fine-tune the newly coloured texture.


These match colour steps can be used on normal images ( eg for a triptych, or a collection for an album) but remember to work on copies of the original as it is ‘destructive’ to the original colours.

2. Another way to change texture colours is using a Layer / New Adjustment layer / Gradient Map….
Click OK ( you can name the layer now or later)
On the Gradient Map properties panel click the drop down next to the gradient (often it will be black gradient into white, but defaults to last used option, so don’t worry if you currently have a B&W texture!)
Scroll through the colour options, or then click the gear icon on the panel & you can load a lot more options to use ( you can click append to ADD to your options rather than replace if you want to). Look at toning, photographic options – some are mild & some are wild!
When selecting the new colour mixture you like, remember the Gradient Map layer can be reduced in opacity – It does depend on the texture style of course, but 100% opacity for Gradient Map rarely looks very nice! It can also be altered by changing to overlay or soft light mode

Gradient map layer changes to colour are no ‘destructive’ and can be changed at a later time if needed.

look at our profile page for the list of layer tutorials & how to apply textures.

@ltodd


Thank you for showing this! I need to try it out! :)
posted August 5th, 2017  
Fascinating to read - may print this out and try it! Thanks for taking the time to explain it so well.
posted August 6th, 2017  
Oh this is great, thanks
posted August 6th, 2017  
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