Add texture with Fill layers in Elements
Open your photo. We’ve gone for a beach image that’s slightly dark, but as we’ll be applying textures to it, it’s best to brighten it up first.
Go to Enhance>Adjust Lighting>Brightness/Contrast. Using the sliders, brighten the image until you’re happy. We’ve used the settings of Brightness 40 and Contrast 75.
Download a wall texture and go to File>Place and selecting. Then Ctrl/right-click on the layer and select Simplify Layer. Set the Opacity to 30%, or to a setting you prefer.
Select the Background layer, then choose the Magic Wand tool (W). Here we have used the settings of Tolerance: 32, with Contagious and Anti-alias selected. Now click on the sky to select it.
Select the texture layer with the selection still highlighted. Hit Delete; the will clear the texture from the sky, as it was overpowered before. Clearing the texture takes away from the heaviness of the image.
If you want to add something more you can use a Fill layer. Go to Layer>New Fill Layer>Solid Colour. Select the colour of your choosing and click OK. Here we used #a17c1a.