Use stock as textures

Stock digital photography and illustration work beautifully to create textures particularly vintage botanical illustrations with intrinsic details. I try to use just a segment of these illustrations in repetitive patterns as part of the composition in my work.

Usually these illustrations are in black outlines, so Photoshop mask & burn tools are an effective way to create shading, similar to how you would do using a stencil and spray paint to create the idea of volume.

Alberto Cerriteno (USA)