35 Excellent Photoshop Textures and Backgrounds Tutorials

Textures can be extremely useful resources for web and graphic designers. They can be used to create backgrounds, add grit and texture to any element within a design, and they can also be used to create various photo effects. Photoshop allows for all kinds of possibilities with textures. In some cases you may be creating your own texture from scratch in Photoshop, but in most cases you’ll be using a texture from a photo, whether it is your own photo or one that you acquired somewhere.

Here we’ll featured 35 different tutorials that teach various aspects of created and working with textures.

Enhancing Your Portraits with Textures

Textures can also be used to give a different look and feel to your photos, and it’s easy to implement.

Enhancing Your Portraits with Textures

5 Simple Tricks to Enhance Your Textures in Photoshop

This tutorial shows how you can get the most out of texture photographs.


5 Simple Tricks to Enhance Your Textures in Photoshop

Creating an Embedded Concrete Effect Using Only Layer Styles

Here you’ll learn how to create this beautiful textured effect.

Creating an Embedded Concrete Effect Using Only Layer Styles

 

How to Make an Awesome Grungy Paper Texture from Scratch

Bittbox shows how to make this standard paper texture much more awesome.

How to Make an Awesome Grungy Paper Texture from Scratch

Unique Textures without Using Brushes

This tutorial from Bittbox shows how you can easily create awesome textures of your own. You can then use these textures for all different purposes in your own designs.

Unique Textures without Using Brushes

How to Give Your Photos a Lo-Fi Retro Look in Photoshop

Use textures to give your photos a vintage or retro feel by following this tutorial.

How to Give Your Photos a Lo-Fi Retro Look in Photoshop

Quickly Build an Abstract Background of Colored Bars

Abstract backgrounds can be useful in a wide variety of settings. This Psdtuts tutorial shows how you can create an attention-grabbing background in just a few minutes.

Quickly Build an Abstract Background of Colored Bars

Texturing of Old Paper

Paper textures are so incredibly versatile. This tutorials is definitely worth following.

Texturing of Old Paper

The Ultimate Wood Texture Tutorial

Want to create your own wood texture from scratch? It’s possible with the help of Photoshop and you can learn the process in this tutorial.

The Ultimate Wood Texture Tutorial

Creating a Mac-Type Background in Photoshop

With this tutorial you’ll learn how to create an awesome abstract background that you can use for wallpapers, websites, and other projects.

Windows Vista Aurora Effect Photoshop Tutorial

Another awesome abstract background effect.

Windows Vista Aurora Effect Photoshop Tutorial

Textured Crumpled Paper

With this tutorial you’ll work with textures to create this realistic look.

Textured Crumpled Paper

Grungy Metal Texture

Creating a stunning grungy background can be quite simple, and this tutorial shows how you can do it.

Grungy Metal Texture

Use Texture Effects to Create Beautiful Compositions

This tutorial shows how to use texture to compliment a beautiful design.

Use Texture Effects to Create Beautiful Compositions

Waves Background

Another awesome and abstract background can be created by following this tutorial.

Waves Background

Creating Colorful Disco Lines Effect

This tutorial from 10steps shows how to create a colorful abstract background that will certainly get attention.

Creating Colorful Disco Lines Effect

Create Smoke Effect on Grungy Wallpaper

This smokey effect has a nice texture to it.

Create Smoke Effect on Grungy Wallpaper

5 Awesome Techniques for Using Textures in Your Designs 

Learn how to apply texture to this colorful retro design.

5 Awesome Techniques for Using Textures in Your Designs

Guide to Creating Bokeh Textures

Another approach to creating a bokeh background.

Guide to Creating Bokeh Textures

Reverse Grunge: Easy Texture Technique in Photoshop

Using the eraser tool you can create interesting and unique textures.

Reverse Grunge: Easy Texture Technique in Photoshop

Create Bright Abstract Diagonal Lines Background

Yet another abstract background option.

Create Bright Abstract Diagonal Lines Background

Create a Photo Composite with Filter Forge and Photoshop

You’ll need the Filter Forge plugin for this tutorial, but it’s a great resource for working with textures.

Create a Photo Composite with Filter Forge and Photoshop

Apply Texture, Age, and Weathering Effects in Photoshop Using Machine Wash Deluxe 2

This tutorial also uses a plugin that you will need to follow along.

Apply Texture, Age, and Weathering Effects in Photoshop Using Machine Wash Deluxe 2

How to Create a Geometric Background Effect in Photoshop

This geometric background can be used for a wide variety of purposes in web and graphic design.

How to Create a Geometric Background Effect in Photoshop

Manipulate a Portrait Photo to Create a Splatter Paint Effect

The paint splatter effect on this photo manipulation gives it an awesome textured look.

Manipulate a Portrait Photo to Create a Splatter Paint Effect

Create a Chilling Abstract Using Photos and Textures

This tutorial shows you how to create a heavily-textured poster design.

Create a Chilling Abstract Using Photos and Textures

Take My Soul Away

This textured background is perfect for a wide variety of purposes.

Take My Soul Away

Snow and Dust Particle Effects in Photoshop

The snow and dust particles created in this tutorial can add some texture to your designs or photos.

Snow and Dust Particle Effects in Photoshop

Antique a Photo Using Textures in 3 Quick Steps

Learn how to create an antique vintage effect with the help of a texture.

Antique a Photo Using Textures in 3 Quick Steps

Create a Surreal Photo Manipulation Using Ice and Fire Textures

This is another photo manipulation tutorial that shows the possibilities of using and applying textures in your own design work.

Create a Surreal Photo Manipulation Using Ice and Fire Textures

Easily Create Seamless Photo Textures You Can Tile

Tileable textures can be extremely useful, and this tutorials shows how you can make your own from a photo.

Easily Create Seamless Photo Textures You Can Tile

How to Create an Amazing Watercolor Artwork in Photoshop

The watercolor effects used in this tutorial give it an awesome textured look.

How to Create an Amazing Watercolor Artwork in Photoshop

Create a Colorful Grunge Portrait in Seconds

Learn how to use texture to grunge up a portrait.

Create a Colorful Grunge Portrait in Seconds

Create an Abstract Photomanipulation with Tree Bark Textures and Brush Elements

Learn how to use simple textures to create a beautiful design.

Create an Abstract Photomanipulation with Tree Bark Textures and Brush Elements

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  • Simon Ward, June 2, 2008

    I really like this one Steven, I will use some of these with my ICT classes. Cheers.

  • Vandelay Design, June 2, 2008

    Great! Thanks for the feedback Simon.

  • Scott Fillmer, June 2, 2008

    Great list, thanks for sharing. You really know how to come up with the goods in photoshop. I have been using photoshop (CS2) for years and year with my photography, still learn something new all the time.

  • Vandelay Design, June 2, 2008

    Hey Scott,
    Thanks. I’m glad you found some useful tutorials here.

  • Ricardo, June 3, 2008

    Good selection.

  • Biodun, June 3, 2008

    Thanks for sharing this nice tutorial, Smooth Silk Texture is great man…

  • Charles Lumia, June 3, 2008

    That list is amazing, thanks.
    I literally just started using photoshop, as such I am pretty much completely ignorant as to how to use it properly. I’m sure that all of these tutorials will come in handy as I continue my learning.

  • david, June 4, 2008

    wow, these are great … i plan on using some of these as wallpapers to give out to friends.

    thanks for sharing

    david
    http://www.davidsmeaton.com

  • Karl Hardisty, June 4, 2008

    For some reason I see some use in our future for the scan lines effect. I have no idea why.

  • Oliver Blake, June 5, 2008

    Thanks for the list. Will have to have a look at the tutorials in more detail and im sure they will come in handy sometime soon.

  • Raymondo, June 5, 2008

    I found tht really interesting thanks! Come back after one of your other photo tutorial lists got me hooked.

  • andy, June 7, 2008

    Good tutorials. The wood one is the best. Always interested in getting better with photoshop.

  • jones, June 9, 2008

    those are some pretty good background, you are skilled with the brush.

    http://www.websitesubmitcenter.com/

  • Sangesh, June 19, 2008

    Great collection of tutorials mate. Specially I liked the Grungy Metal Texture.

  • Jenny, June 22, 2008

    those are nifty. I’m gonna try out some of them and see how I do.

  • Kraken, November 22, 2008

    Nice pc desktop backgrounds.

  • rohan, January 18, 2009

    thanks for this super article

  • Karen Leach, February 25, 2009

    Fabric folds tutorial: missing steps?!?!? a new drag of the gradient tool just overwrites the last step. how do you get multiple gradients??

    • Vandelay Design, February 26, 2009

      Karen,
      You’d have to ask the tutorial author… Have you tried using multiple layers? If you’re on the same layer it will just go over top of the last gradient.

  • mohita nagi, March 21, 2009

    A excellent site to learn photoshop in so easy manner.Thanx for giving so comfortable step to understand the concepts of designs.I am eagerly waiting to learn new.thanx and oblige.

    Mohita Nagi,
    Architect Asstt.
    India

  • Alana, July 30, 2009

    Hey these are incredible..thanks so much for the help

  • Kev, August 1, 2009

    This is the best collection of Background Tuts I’ve come across. Going to now check out your other links and the rest of this site. Well Done !!

  • Avinash, August 7, 2009

    excellent tutorials

  • Justin, August 12, 2009

    Excellent tutorials, for some fresh hi-res textures all in 300dpi check out http://www.lovetextures.com they are all free to download

  • Vishnu.C.Nair, September 23, 2009

    great work buddy:))

  • Andy, November 12, 2009

    Some useful good quality textures here, more please!

  • saç ekimi, December 16, 2009

    That’s all great wallpapers. Thanks a lot. My desktop is more attractive

  • Erika Troncoso, December 23, 2009

    Hmmm im new to photoshop and i was trying to make the smooth fabric texture, but its not coming out right at all…..help :(

  • Rabin Chatterjee, January 11, 2010

    its really great Steven. thanks for share these. realy you r brought minded person.
    may I know how can I get psd layer file of these design. really I like it boss..
    thanks..

    • Vandelay Website Design, January 11, 2010

      Rabin,
      You can get a layered PSD from some of these tutorials, click through the links. Some of the tutorial authors make them available.

  • Mermer, March 10, 2010

    Nice background designs, thanks for sharing ;)

  • Brad, March 20, 2010

    Damn,

    The only one I like ‘Clean Background Effect’ is no longer!

    Poop!

  • Kitty, April 20, 2010

    This is the most amazing site for photoshop. I have been using about 2% of it’s true capacity but after using this – am now at 5% (which is a huge start after using it for about 5 years). I can’t believe how simple you make it seem. Thank you so much for doing these, it really is appreciated.

  • grace, April 30, 2010

    Do you get any files that can be downloaded? as a collection, that would be more wonderful!

  • Sumeet Chawla, May 19, 2010

    Nice collection… The fabric fold tutorial really helped me a lot :) And all thanks to you..

  • Alicia, May 29, 2010

    Great collection! I recently started creating my own photoshop project and these resources will come in handy.

  • Blaine Stewart, October 26, 2010

    All are wonderful.,Very innovative and attractive. Thanks for sharing with us.

  • dimple.vaghani01, October 27, 2010

    The only one I like ‘Clean Background Effect’ is no longer!

  • Darren, February 23, 2011

    Hi great collection! Just what I have been searching the net for. I have bookmarked this webpage for future reference.

    Many thanks
    Darren

  • erick, March 9, 2011

    nice!! thanks for this…. currently building my own website and this is a big help……….

  • Julia, March 27, 2011

    Particularly like water from below. Really excellent. Thansk for sharing these with us!

  • Archetypus, May 26, 2011

    Terrific collection of tutorials. I do lots of designing and these are very useful in many different applications.

  • Saeed Neamati, November 8, 2011

    None of these patterns IMHO suites any website design. I think a soft, noisy, texturized pattern which would be repeated is the best choice.

    • Vandelay Website Design, November 8, 2011

      Hi Saeed,
      It’s not intended specifically for web design. Other types of designs like posters, wallpapers, flyers, etc. can use backgrounds too.

  • Nathan Adver, November 29, 2011

    Wow, such a great number of tutorials, i can spend whole day reading them.
    Thanks!

    And i’m disagree with Saeed.the modern technologies in webdesign let us use not only seamless patterns/textures but the whole images as a backgrounds for webpages. i think noone uses dial-up anymore :)

  • Roberto Farren, December 26, 2011

    Great read, thanks for all the info!! The tutorials were just what I had been after! Thanks again. Regards, Rob

  • Ashley, June 5, 2013

    Very informative! Thank you!

  • Nathan, August 29, 2013

    You’re a life saver. Gee thanks :>