Making a Paper with Texture thumbnail image
Category: Designer

Tags: distressed, grunge, paper, texture

Format: Video

Summary: Using these 2 quick tips, you can give your own papers rich texture.  

September 14, 2010 · 5 comments ·

I was asked how I get the texture in my grunged papers. I'll try and give you a few basic pointers here.

The first thing I always do is use one of a few texture overlays that I've download from a few places. Since I can't remember where I got them, I tried making a few myself, so feel free to use these for whatever you'd like (find them at the bottom of the post). I put one (or more) of these texture overlays on as the top layer and set the blending mode to usually either “overlay” or “soft light”. If it seems to be changing the colors of your original design too much try changing the color of gray by going to Image → Adjustments → Hue/Saturation. Try dragging the lightness triangle back and forth and see how it affects the over all color. I'll cover making these overlays in a later tutorial.

The key to the second thing I do to give the pattern the faded, distressed look is to use brushes. You can download my favorite brush here. Then I create a clipping mask using these brushes. I've made a quick movie to demonstrate how I do this.  If you don't know how to add brushes to Photoshop, watch this tutorial.