Sometimes I find that I am a bit bored with using the same backgrounds in my images over and over. I started looking for an inexpensive way to modify a plain background. I wanted some thing that was easy to store, simple to use and didn’t cost a lot of money.
Digital textures / papers were the answer.
All of the textured papers used on these images were from Sarah Gardner Photography, Beach wood Textured Papers which you can find here: http://sarahgardnerphotography.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/beach-wood-textured-papers.html If you aren’t familiar with Sarah’s work please take the time to have a look. She lives in the UK and makes the most beautiful still life images. Images that will make you smile and brighten even the dullest of days. Sarah also designs textures and digital papers, has a fabulous set of actions for Photoshop, has a book published (called Art Beyond the Lens) and runs workshops. You can find Sarah on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/SarahGardnerPhotography
I placed the chosen texture over the image and adjusted the opacity to suit. Next I masked the texture off the baby and props so that it was only applied to the background. I modified the colour of the textures slightly to suit the colours within the original image. Lastly I added some shadows to make it look more realistic. All done. It might sound a little fiddly but after you have done it a couple of times it is pretty quick and easy to do. If there is interest I can post a step by step tutorial, so let me know if you would like more information.