Thank you so much for all of the lovely comments on my recent picture of a new horse neighbor! I would like to show you the value of using a textured layer to a photo. The above side-by-side comparison shows you the dramatic difference. Adding a textured layer doesn’t cover the sins of a technically poor shot. But it does provide visual interest!
The day that I took this image was a dreary one, and the washed out sky greatly detracts from the beautiful subject. So I added a coffee-colored layer to give richness to the overall image, erasing out the texture, as needed, on the horse subject. The layer I used was one of textured backgrounds provided by the talented and generous blogger at ShadowHouse Creations. If you would like to give this technique a try, there are several tutorials on digital editing with background layers on YouTube, including this particularly helpful one.