What are Photoshop textures?
Photoshop textures are used to create backgrounds, add grit and texture to designs, and create photo effects. In this post, you’ll find:
- How to enhance photos using textures
- How to apply texture to elements within your designs
- How to create your own custom textures
- How to create Photoshop brushes from your textures
Textures can be extremely useful resources for web and graphic designers, and Photoshop allows numerous possibilities. In some cases, you may create a texture from scratch in Photoshop, but in most cases, you’ll be using a texture from a photo, whether it’s your own photo or one you’ve downloaded.
Here we’ve featured 30 different tutorials that teach various aspects of creating and working with textures.
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Photoshop Texture Tutorials
One of the most basic ways to use a texture is to apply it to a photo. There several different reasons for doing this, but one option is to create a vintage look. This tutorial provides a good overview of how to use textures with your photos. As you can see, the photo below has been given a vintage postcard look thanks to the use of texture.
Want to create your own custom texture? You’re in luck because this tutorial shows how to start with a piece of paper and create a nice texture that can be used in your own designs or as a photo overlay.
This tutorial is similar to the previous one in the fact that it leads you through the process of creating a custom texture with a scanner, and then applying that texture to your work in Photoshop. If you’ve never created your own custom texture, this is definitely a tutorial that you’ll want to follow.
Before applying a suitable texture, you have to analyze the picture and then apply a suitable texture with little customization as well.
This tutorial shows how you can get the most out of texture photographs. This simple technique will help you to simply beautify the ugly-looking textures quickly and easily. This is relevant whether you’re photographing the texture yourself or using a photo that you’ve downloaded.
Here you’ll learn how to create this beautifully textured effect. You will be able to create a nice background by adding the grunge effect and then add a particular layer style to make it appear more beautiful. This is a great technique for designing posters in Photoshop.
Bittbox shows how to make this standard paper texture much more awesome. You will learn to customize an ugly-looking texture into an awesome grungy paper texture. You will add layers to the texture and customize it using the brush tool.
By following along with this tutorial you will create brushes that can be used over and over again to apply a nice texture to your designs and photos. Custom brushes can save you a lot of time.
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. You will be able to add a primary image to a secondary image separated by a layer and then adjusting the opacity to achieve the desired results.
Have you ever photographed textures to use in your own designs? It’s really not very difficult, but there are a few details that you need to know if you want to get crisp photos that will result in high-quality textures. Be sure to read this article and you’ll be ready to create custom textures.
Paper textures are so incredibly versatile. This tutorial is definitely worth following. You will have to do some work on the old-textured paper effect to achieve the desired results.
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. You will learn to create and customize the wooden texture just from scratch. You will also learn to add and craft an artwork layer on the wooden piece and customize that artwork layer.
If you’re working with a photographed wood texture and you’d like to lighten the color, this tutorial shows how to get a nice white washed look.
With this tutorial, you’ll work with textures to create this realistic look. You can play with different photoshop layers to create a completely different, beautiful, and realistic picture.
This tutorial shows how to use texture to compliment a beautiful design. Add a beautiful texture in the background, add different shape layers, and customize those shape layers to create a picture with stunning composition. Use this technique to design wallpapers in Photoshop.
Learn how to apply the texture to this colorful retro design. Along with some customization, you can easily add a suitable texture to any picture. By altering the customization, you can achieve a variety of different results.
Another approach to creating a bokeh background. “Bokeh” refers to the texture produced by the camera lens when out-focused at a place from where light is emerging. You can also achieve the bokeh texture by using the brush tool in photoshop. Blurring the bokeh texture and making few customizations will help you achieve the bokeh texture in the image that appears to be real and beautiful.
Using the eraser tool you can create interesting and unique textures. You will use the eraser tool to remove the particular aspect of the image and achieve a reverse grunge effect in photoshop. For that purpose, you have to solid color that is mostly filled as well. There are few other customizations as well to achieve the desired results.
You’ll need the Filter Forge plugin for this tutorial, but it’s a great resource for working with textures. Composite photo refers to several photographs combined and merged on a single surface or plate. You will learn to get rid of unwanted white shadow or white edges around the smart object. You will use the layer as an overlay to produce a composite image in photoshop.
This tutorial also uses a plugin that you will need to follow along. You will be taught to use simple Photoshop tools to create a texture, transform the picture into an older version or add the desired effect.
This tutorial shows you how to create a heavily-textured poster design. You will create a creepy horror design from scratch. You will learn to create the shadow of the smart object by adding a layer, use different blending tools to blend different objects such as the skull or piece of wood, use soft brushes to paint shadow, adding different objects to the picture, and customizing them according to the rest of the picture, using the brush tool to enhance brightness and other such related photoshop tactics.
The snow and dust particles created in this tutorial can add some texture to your designs or photos. You will do it all yourself by using simple photoshop tools without adding any texture or using any plugin.
Learn how to create an antique vintage effect with the help of a texture. You can create an old movie effect by simply adding an adjustment layer to the picture. Then, we will apply a few textures to enhance the antique vintage effect.
This is another photo manipulation tutorial that shows the possibilities of using and applying textures in your own design work. You will create new effects by applying different textures, using curve layers, and doing a few simple customizations.
Tileable textures can be extremely useful, and this tutorial shows how you can make your own from a photo. You will work on a simple image to create a flawless texturized image that can be used as a background for different web layouts.
The watercolor effects used in this tutorial give it an awesome textured look. You will insert different smart objects such as a watercolor brush to add watermarks, use layer masks, adjust the hue/saturation layer, and other related customizations that will help you achieve the desired results.
Learn how to use texture to grunge up a portrait. Apply a layer mask and paint the whole portrait uniformly to achieve the desired results.
Texture is just one element of this design, but this tutorial shows a practical way that you can use textures every day in your work. In this case, the texture is used to enhance a photo manipulation.
Learn how to use simple textures to create a beautiful design. You will learn to add a bark texture to a portrait and blending it properly along with the necessary customization.
When you think of textures, ice is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. But this tutorial shows an awesome way to use ice texture to enhance a beautiful photo manipulation.
These Photoshop texture tutorials show practical and realistic ways that you can start incorporating textures into your own designs and photos. If you’ve never created your own custom textures before, I highly suggest that you follow along with a few of the tutorials that walk you through the process of creating a texture from scratch. It’s a lot of fun!
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