- The easiest way to do this is to simply use one of the Canvas overlays in Pixlr apps. Play with the opacity of one of these and you can easily add a textured, canvas look.
- The Paper overlays dialed down in opacity can add cools textures and make your image appear to be printed on different materials. Same with Bokeh, but be careful that you don’t add too much of these other effects and muddy up the lights and darks too much.
- Borders are very important to make your photo look like it’s mimicking art on canvas. The Ink, Ripped Paper, and White Ripped borders are good for this. There are also lots of great choices in the Default borders pack. We strongly recommend adding a border!
- You can use the Stylize features if you want, but we don’t advise using those options too much for this challenge. We’re not really focused on turning your photo into a watercolor. The goal this week is to make your photo appear to be printed on material that’s rougher than paper.
We love the place where art and photography intersect. Photographs can be artistic by their composition or choice of subject matter, but they can also simply look more artistic by mimicking the visual aesthetics of fine art. If you print a photo on canvas, wrap it in a gold frame, and hang it on the wall it’s going to look a lot more like art than it would on an electronic screen. Traditional fine art stands out like this often because it’s printed on material that is rougher than paper. It has a textured look to its background. This texture in some ways can seem to even stimulate your sense of touch. You can easily imagine reaching out and feeling the rough canvas. That’s what we want you to do this week. We want you to add the visual language of traditional art to your photos by adding a textured background. We want your photos to look like they’re printed on canvas or scroll-like paper or other similar materials. It’s very easy to do: