vintage painterly style botanical background image of peony flowers

How To Use Digital Backgrounds, Overlays and Textures For Photography

Why use digital backgrounds in Photoshop?

Using digital backgrounds, overlays and textures is a great way to add interest to your photography images, without the expense of purchasing backdrops or requiring a tonne of space to store your fabric or canvas backdrops. By using overlays, textures and digital backgrounds you can also change the overall mood and color tone of your image or add things that were not originally there like pretty skies, light flares, snowflakes, falling leaves, smoke or clouds, grunge or other interesting textures on backdrops or even completely different scenes! In this tutorial I will use botanical inspired digital backgrounds and overlays from my Peony Collection to demonstrate a couple of the most common ways I use digital backgrounds and overlays to add interest to a portrait in Photoshop.

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phlearn guest post on the Alana Lee Photography blog

Guest Blog: Introduction to the Basics of Retouching

Introduction To The Basics of Retouching

 

From magazine covers to family photos, retouching is used to enhance or change an image in many different ways. When starting out in retouching, learning some basic information will make the process easier. Retouching in Photoshop can be intimidating and may be confusing at times on where to start. Here are some tips on starting out in the process of retouching.

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the portrait masters 2019 gold award winner is Alana Lee

The Golden Fish

In my universe this is about as big as it gets. For the past couple of years I have been working towards mastering my craft and earning accreditation through the Portrait Masters awards program, started by my mentor Sue Bryce. Her education platform is second to none, and I’ve grown so much – technically as a photographer, and personally through embracing self-love, confidence and courage to face my self-perceived faults and embrace my creativity. To rise above my physical and mental challenges and not only become my best self but to inspire and empower others through my craft.

During the most recent accreditation and awards I have received numerous bronze, a silver and that one thing I never dreamed I could achieve at this point in my career…a gold merit. Not only did I win the pet portrait category, but my image of Gus the Goldfish was awarded one of the only 6 gold merits ever awarded from the panel of international judges in the history of this accreditation and awards program. Being a category winner is rewarding in itself, but meriting gold with this image is so special for a few reasons.

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Alana Lee Photography: Digital background textures and overlays for photographers and photoshop

Add Interest to Photos using Textures

I’m often asked how do I create my backgrounds for studio portraits. An easy way to add interest to images is by using a digital texture or overlay with Photoshop or your favorite photo editing software. By using digital textures I can avoid purchasing expensive canvas, fabric or paper backgrounds thus saving money and space in my studio. This keeps my photo shoot production costs down and enables me to offer more variety and pass along savings to my clients.

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