I didn't think this was exactly a software specific question, but a design-specific question. I would appreciate any advice, opinions, examples, etc. anyone has to offer.
I have the hardest time finding happiness in creating a white/off-white/cream colored papered with texture. A solid paper is ok because the texture is pretty obvious using an overlay. But what do you do with a patterned paper? Especially a patterned paper with high contrast colors (like dark gray or navy or red)? I want the pattern to blend with the texture as well as the background so it doesn't look disconnected, but it seems that if I add the texture overlay after merging the pattern and background, then the background gets blown out with highlights and you can't see any of the texture. At 100% it seems barely visible. If I add the texture first to the background and THEN throw the pattern on top I have to use a multiply or linear burn to get it blend into the texture as it should. Problem with that is the dark colors become much darker than I would like.
I may just be driving myself crazy with this, but it is seriously driving me crazy. Every time I go to work on one like that I end up throwing it out cuz it just doesn't work for me. I've seen some really nice white/off-white patterned and textured papers around the web that I love and just can't seem to get it with the methods I've been using.
Anybody have any tips or tricks? How do you get a white patterned textured paper that you're happy with? Oh - and without a grunge effect. I'm looking for a clean textured paper look. Thanks.