As a digital artist, being able to easily get overlays and effects to your images can sometimes be an expensive experience and sometimes doesn’t give you enough range of options for your needs. your edits. One of the plugins I have in my collection is Infinite Texture, which offers a ton of editing possibilities, from simple sky replacement to more complex retouching.
Overlays and effects aren’t just for digital artists or retouchers, as they can be used in many ways to bring life to your own images. Take a textured background for example. Buying different backgrounds can be an expensive experience, so what if you could add textures in post-production? Wouldn’t that make more financial sense? This is where the infinite texture comes in.
Infinite textures is a Photoshop plugin from the infinite range of Tools found here on Fstoppersand I, first of all, have found it extremely useful in many compositing situations where I need certain elements to add to the image.
- Includes access to 70,000 commercially licensed files
- Explore and add high-resolution overlays
- Unique AI-powered visual search
- Adjust the similarity or dissimilarity of the results
- Reverse Image Search with AI-Match
- Eliminate trial and error with AI Resize, Position Options, and Auto Masking
Access to over 70,000 commercially licensed files is only worth $160, never mind how easy it is to locate them with a plugin. Now, I never even expect to use that amount of overlays, but to have that amount of overlays and effects in your library is a bonus because you never know what your client will be. what do you want. Subscribing to Adobe and the like can be a costly monthly investment, and for some, well worth the payback, but you have to weigh this against what you need for your images. This is where I think this plugin, with a small investment, can save you in the long run.
The plugin’s user interface is quite simple to use and includes themes that are neatly collated together to allow for quick searching. For each theme collection, you choose the effect closest to the one you’re after. From there, just click the re-shuffling button to see some variations of the image generated by the AI-powered engine. Each image selection is added to your image as a smart object with the blend mode applied. However, this can be changed accordingly if you save and close your image to work on it later and want to find the same texture used in your document or similar textures. with it. You can simply click on the layer with the texture then select Import current layer in the UI and Infinite Texture will take you to the image in the visible image window of the UI.
With 70,000 files in the collection, you might think it would take too long to sort. There is a great search function that allows you to hone in on the effect you are looking for.
- Search for the effect you are considering. In this case, I was looking for swirls.
- A second pop-up appears with two different swirl patterns. Choose an idea closest to your original idea.
- A series of similar swirls appear for you to choose from and apply to your image.
The random slider allows you to search for similar images closest to your selection. If you keep the slider at the bottom, it will keep the results close to your selection. The further you move your slider, the more random the image becomes. Sometimes I find this a great option, because I’ve discovered effects and overlays that I probably hadn’t considered and that I ended up adding to the image.
Even just playing with overlays and effects, you can create some quick and fun images. The image below is an example using only finder, geometric shapes, light swirls, smoke, bokeh and light effects. Yes, the image itself is nothing to write home about, but it allows me to quickly build and find elements that I can add to my favorites for later editing.
All of the images below were created in less than 10 minutes, each of which indicates how fast you can convert your images. The longest part of the process is actually choosing the effect you want to add due to the choice the plug-in gives you. If you have several favorites, you can simply add them to your Favorites folder for easy recall to use for other images.
If this plugin is something that you think will add to your library of overlays and effects, I would definitely check it out. With 70,000 files, you’ll probably never need that number, but at least they’re available. I paid more than that just for a set of 30 files that I use regularly, but hopefully you can see how Infinite textures can be financially beneficial in the long run. Not just for digital artists or retouchers, these files can be used for portrait backgrounds, product images, for anything you can imagine.
Watch Unmesh Dinda’s excellent intro video on Main page, who will walk you through the plugin’s editing capabilities. Also, check out the other Infinite Tools Collection includes the Color Grading plugin, a review of this plugin can be found here to see if there’s anything that can speed up your workflow and get you the results you want.