I admit I have a soft spot for textures. I collect shots of textures for two reasons: First, because I like them, and second, to combine them as backgrounds.
Look at this:
It is the result of combining these two:
The important thing about textures is the blending mode.
The process here was the following:
First I opened the texture file, then the portrait. I copied the portrait on to the texture, on a separate layer. I liked the effect of the second being smaller than the texture, and so creating the effect of a frame.
And then I simply chose the blending mode for the portrait:
Experiment with all the modes, it's worth. Sometimes the results are amazing, and unexpected.
Hope you enjoyed this post.
PS: Check KKH Photos for superb examples of textured portraits.You will like Karen's work.