Adding Texture in Post-processing

Summary – Analog Efex Pro 2 has lots of texture related options. The wet plate camera option, for example, has dozens. Here’s how to use those AEP2 textures outside of AEP2.


A photo of an old barn that might be found in an attic

Civil War troops camped on this farm

So Mathew Brady might have shot this 😉

Roll over mouse to see a textured antique version

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Overdone somewhat; trying to illustrate a point

Started with Silver Efex Pro’s Antique Plate preset

Blended with an AEP2 film dirt texture using PS’s Overlay blend

001dirt__bakingtray_8blogThis is the AEP2 texture used

The file name is 001dirt__bakingtray8

bakingtray tells you the subject Nik used for this texture


#1 First you have to know where to find the AEP2 textures

This obviously assumes you own AEP2

In a normal installation (PC), they are at:

C:\ProgramData\Google\Analog Efex Pro 2\resource\textures

The AEP2 textures folder

Contains 168 JPEG and TIF Image files

Varying in size from 200 x 300 pixels to 4368 x 2912

(or thereabouts; I didn’t check the size on all 168)

The textures come in several flavors including

Wet plate, light leak, frame, & film

#2. There are many ways you might use these textures

The simplest way to use a texture (any texture, not just AEP2’s)

Put the texture on an overlay (in PS or similar)

Above a normal image and blend the two layers

This is how today’s feature image was done

An index of my posts on PS blending is here

#3. Why not just use these in AEP2?

Good question and that’s what you’d normally do

Using them alone just provides a few more options

Such as reorienting, cropping or otherwise altering them

(& maybe then replacing the originals back in AEP2)

#4. Here’s another idea you might consider

Put your own textures

In the AEP2 texture folder and

Use them as part of AEP2

It’s the flip side of this post’s idea

Not hard to do

I’ll demonstrate in another post


Here is a sampling of textures you’ll find in

The AEP2 textures collection

Click any image for a slide show


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