Creating and Using Textures

Textures can be fun to use no matter what image you may be using it with. It turns something ordinary into something unique. The best part about it is that you can create your own textures very easily and in this tutorial I will show you how to create and use them (this tutorial was done in Photoshop Elements).

To create a texture all you have to do is take a photograph of something you would like to use, whether it be a brick wall, gravel, concrete, grass, wood, etc. There are many possibilities so be creative and try different things. I would recommend using a small aperture to assure the whole image in in focus. For this tutorial I took three images I wanted to make into textures, they were all done from my front porch.


Texture #1 is an image of the welcome mat:

Creating and Using Textures - Texture 1 - Welcome Mat
Texture 1 - Welcome Mat

Texture #2 is the wood on the front porch:

Creating and Using Textures - Texture 2 - Front Porch
Texture 2 - Front Porch



Texture #3 is a door:

Creating and Using Textures - Texture 3 - Door
Texture 3 - Door



As you can see, that was a very simple process. Here is the image I decided to use for this:

Creating and Using Textures - Image 1


and here are the results with each texture:

Creating and Using Textures - Results - Texture 1 - Welcome Mat
Results - Texture 1 - Welcome Mat

Creating and Using Textures - Results - Texture 2 - Wood
Results - Texture 2 - Wood

Creating and Using Textures - Results - Texture 3 - Door
Results - Texture 3 - Door


Now that you know how to create textures and see can see what they do I will show you how to apply them in Photoshop. I have Photoshop Elements 6 but this should not vary much from CS.

Open your desired image.

Creating and Using Textures - Photoshop - Open Image


Now open the texture and drag it onto the previously opened image (hold shift to align image while dragging).

Creating and Using Textures - Photoshop - Drag Texture 1

Creating and Using Textures - Photoshop - Dram Texture 2

Be sure you have the texture layer selected and change the “blending mode” to “overlay.”

Creating and Using Textures - Photoshop - Set Blend Mode to Overlay
Set Blend Mode to Overlay



Once you have set the blend mode to overlay, adjust the opacity accordingly.

Creating and Using Textures - Photoshop - Adjust Opacity
Adjust Opacity



Now flatten the image.

Creating and Using Textures - Photoshop - Flatten the Image

And you’re done!




I have created a gallery HERE of the textures in this tutorial and I will update it periodically when I create some more so be sure to check it out from time to time. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to send me a Private Message (Scott111184).