Keeping Texture in White Areas

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Keeping Texture in White Areas

Before beginning a new project, I usually settle on what texture I'm going to use for the papers. Occasionally I'll use more than one texture, but usually I keep it uniform throughout the project. This is simply preference on my part, and also makes it easier when dealing with white areas. I'll show you my trick for keeping white areas textured, as the texture often gets lost if the color is too light.

After choosing the texture I'm planning to use, I open it in Photoshop. For this tutorial I'm using this texture. I've also duplicated the texture layer.

Set the new layer to "overlay".

I've zoomed in a bit on the texture so I can see a bit better what I'm doing. With the bottom layer selected go to Image -> Adjustments -> Hue/Saturation

Adjust the lightness setting by dragging the arrow as far the right as you want while still maintaining the amount of texture you want.

Flatten and resave your texture. I'll use this white version whenever I have a white layer. For example, here I've clipped it to one of the pattern layers, while using the gray version of the texture (set to overlay) on the other colored layers.

I messed up lots of "textured" white papers lately smiley and this tutorial is such a life saver, thank you so much! smiley

I needed this! White paper is one of my favorite things to scrap on, but hard to make...

I'm bookmarking this tutorial right now! Thank you!

I have tried this out on papers, and it works well - thank you, Marisa! In addition, I have always had trouble recolouring grayscale element templates with light colours (yellows, in particular). Through trial and error, I have recently figured out a way to do this:

1. Open the template.
2. Create a new layer above the template layer.
3. Clip the new layer to the template layer.
4. Fill the new layer with the desired colour. (This gives you a solid coloured shape.)
5. Duplicate the template layer and move above the duplicate above the solid colour layer.
6. Change the blend mode of the duplicate layer -- usually overlay, but sometimes soft blend. Adjust opacity to suit.

It's probably not the "right" way to do this, but I'm happy with my results so far!

Thank you! So appreciate your sharing this trick! Thank you also, Robyn Denton, I will give your tip a try, too! smiley