Creating a texture from your base image is easy and takes only a few minutes and a bit of creativity. I use my base image (shown below) to create a texture that will go on top of that same base image. By duplicating my base image and cloning the flower part of the image at 60% and adding it randomly to the background, then adding a slight amount of Gaussian Blur, I am able to create a soft golden layer which I use as my texture. Then I apply one of the blend modes and finish the look off by warping the flower. It is very easy to create a soft look from a hard looking flower capture, you just have to work at it sometimes. I like using my base image to create a texture because the color tones are similar and it seems more cohesive to me. I have another technique that I use to create a texture from a base image; that one is covered in depth in my newest filter guide- “A Guide to Creative Filters and Effects II”.
Image © 2016/Denise Ippolito Photography ~ Base image
Image © 2016/Denise Ippolito Photography ~ Topaz Glow 2
For the effect above I went a step further with my image processing, duplicating the image and repeating it onto itself. Then I used Topaz Glow 2 for the final touch at a very reduced opacity.