Photoshop is a powerful image-editing program that can be used for many different tasks. It can be useful for retouching images, creating custom effects, or even creating your own textures!
PhotoShop has hundreds of features and tools, and it can be a little overwhelming when you’re just getting started. It’s important to know how to use the basic tools so you can get your work done quickly and efficiently.
There are several ways to create a texture in Photoshop, including using filters, layer styles, and brushes. But to start, we’ll look at the simplest way to make a texture.
1. Create a new layer and choose ‘Texture’ from the drop-down menu.
You can also create a texture in the Brush Settings dialog box, which will allow you to select a texture from the drop-down menu.
2. Apply a filter to your texture:
There are many different types of filters in Photoshop, and each one produces a unique effect. You can view a list of all of them in the Filter Gallery, or you can explore them individually by clicking on their folders.
3. Apply a blending mode to your texture:
There’s no specific blending mode that will work best for every situation, but there are some that work well with most textures. For instance, Soft Light will allow a wide range of dark and light tones to show through.
4. Refine the texture:
To refine a texture, you can lower its opacity and add more or less transparency until you’re satisfied with the balance of the texture and the main image. This is particularly useful when applying a texture to a subject image, where the subject’s skin color might be affected by the texture and create an unflattering look.
5. Invert the texture:
Adding an inverted layer mask to your texture can help you refine its appearance. To invert the texture, simply select the layer mask and hit CTRL or CMD + I.
6. Change the blending mode to ‘Screen’:
If you want to remove the black areas from your texture, you can change its blending mode to “Screen” and then drag it onto a background image. This will ensure that the black areas will be removed from your texture, while still leaving the whites in tact.
7. Use Free Transform:
The next step is to rotate your texture so it covers the area that your image layer will be covering. You can do this by either opening Free Transform or simply dragging the corners of the texture layer around until it covers the image layer.
8. Paint with a texture:
The final step is to paint the textural details of your texture onto your image. To do this, you’ll need a tool with a white foreground and around 50% Brush Opacity.
This is a fairly simple process, but it will take some trial and error to find the right blending mode and opacity for your particular case. A good rule of thumb is to cycle through a few different blending modes to see what works. For most textures, Soft Light and Overlay tend to be reliable options.