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Applying textures with Texturizer

From: Photoshop for Designers: Textures

Video: Applying textures with Texturizer

The Texturizer Filter is an easy way to apply textures like Sandstone, Burlap, or Canvas to your layer. There is also a fourth option, and that's Brick, but this one is best avoided because it looks really amateurish. So here's how we do it. It's very simple. First of all let's Convert for Smart Filters, so that we can retrace our steps and so that we can build a filtering key notably. I am going to come to the Filter Gallery, and then go to the Texturizer, and start out with a Sandstone texture. Now, because I have my Relief set really high, it looks like this, which is not very attractive.

Applying textures with Texturizer

The Texturizer Filter is an easy way to apply textures like Sandstone, Burlap, or Canvas to your layer. There is also a fourth option, and that's Brick, but this one is best avoided because it looks really amateurish. So here's how we do it. It's very simple. First of all let's Convert for Smart Filters, so that we can retrace our steps and so that we can build a filtering key notably. I am going to come to the Filter Gallery, and then go to the Texturizer, and start out with a Sandstone texture. Now, because I have my Relief set really high, it looks like this, which is not very attractive.

So I am going to bring the Relief way down and that maybe a good starting point, maybe where we want to put some image on top of this and blend it into this to give the impression of the image being set on sandstone. We also have Burlap, and Canvas, and I will be working with Canvas in a later movie. But we also have this option Load Texture and we can use this to use a Photoshop native file, a PSD file as a texture. I am going to use this one repeating_pattern, it's in the Chapter 3 folder, and it's just a simple repeating pattern of light bulbs.

So when I load that, we are hardly seeing anything and that's because the Relief is way down low. But if I bring the Relief up, we don't have any other color of the original image, but we have just its texture, and this is how you might want to use this. You can use it to create some sort of wallpaper like effect. We can also change the angle of the light; all well and good. So I am going to accept that, and we see there is quite a lot of grain here. Now I just want to point out that the grain that we see is actually part of the repeating pattern.

That's where that's coming from. Now, if we're working with a pattern that doesn't have texture like the one I am about to work with now, after Converting for Smart Filters and then coming to my Filter Gallery, Texurizer, it's remembering the last one that I used, but I am now going to change it to load this one. I need to bring the Relief up, so that we can really make those leaves pop out a little bit more from the background.

We are not seeing any grain or texture on the surface, and maybe that's what we want. But if we wanted to add some, then the best way to do this is by creating a layer above this layer, and using a layer Blending mode to blend the two together. So I am going to work with two Texturizer layers here. I am going to click OK to accept this after just bringing the Relief up a little bit more. I am going to duplicate this layer, Command or Ctrl+J. Because I have Converted for Smart Filters, I can go back to the Filter Gallery by double-clicking on this one here.

I will now change that to Burlap. Since we're not going to be using Burlap elsewhere let's give Burlap a chance to shine here. I want to take the Relief way, way down, click OK. Now, to blend the two together, I need to change the Blending mode of this layer. So I am going to cycle through my Blend modes, but I am going to find that none of them really work particularly well. The one that's closest to working is Soft Light where we see some of the leaves coming through but not nearly enough.

So I kind of reduce the Opacity of this and that might help a bit but what I am also going to do as well as changing the Blending mode of the layer, I am going to change the Blending mode that is used to apply the filter. Then I get to that by double-clicking on that icon right there, and change that to Soft Light as well. So now we see much less of that Burlap and far more of the leaves themselves. Let's have a look at some other things that we can do with the Texturizer. I am going to switch now to this image.

I am using this as an example just to point out that there have been some things that are no longer in the current version of Photoshop that were in previous versions and one of those things is the Textures presets. But we can load those textures presets, and here's how we do that. If you go to the Adobe web site, and then in their Search Field, type-in Photoshop CS5 optional plugins, you will come to this link where you will be able to download the optional plugins, among which are the Texture Presets for the Texturizer.

So I have done that, and I have put the Textures folder in the Photoshop Application folder in the Presets folder. They can really be anywhere but that's probably the best place for them. So now I am going to come back to Photoshop. Let's convert this image for Smart Filters. Then we will go back to the Filter Gallery where we don't actually want the leaves this time, but what we want is one of those textures. So I am going to come to my Applications folder, to my Photoshop CS5>Presets, and these are the textures that definitely worth looking at, some of them look very cheesy.

There is no other way to put it really. There will come a time if it hasn't already happened when someone will ask you to put a jigsaw pattern texture onto an image and if you need to do that, here is how you can do it very easily, just by loading the Puzzle Texture that is part of those Textures Presets. There we are; instant jigsaw, not something you'll want to do often, but when you do need to do it, very handy to know those extra textures are there if you need them.

To really get the most of this, it's worth spending a few moments just working with these extra presets that you can download from the Adobe web site.

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Photoshop for Designers: Textures

60 video lessons · 19745 viewers

Nigel French
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  1. 1m 30s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the exercise files
      28s
  2. 6m 52s
    1. Working with textures
      6m 52s
  3. 30m 19s
    1. Creating a rocklike texture with Clouds
      6m 17s
    2. Improving a flat sky with Difference Clouds
      3m 43s
    3. Creating a grunge effect with Fibers
      11m 30s
    4. Applying a texture channel with Lighting Effects
      4m 22s
    5. Adding an effect and blending with Lens Flare
      4m 27s
  4. 15m 20s
    1. Applying textures with Texturizer
      6m 8s
    2. Applying realistic cracks with Craquelure
      5m 11s
    3. Preparing an image for a stained glass effect
      4m 1s
  5. 30m 48s
    1. Adding noise to an overlay layer
      1m 33s
    2. Adding film grain
      6m 5s
    3. Painting with grain
      4m 10s
    4. Adding grain to a Camera Raw image
      2m 21s
    5. Matching grain when cloning
      5m 32s
    6. Accentuating texture with Speckle grain
      3m 4s
    7. Creating a split-toning effect with Stippled grain
      4m 20s
    8. Beyond the Mezzotint filter
      3m 43s
  6. 18m 5s
    1. Creating deckled edges and sepia tone
      8m 6s
    2. Adding water stains
      5m 41s
    3. Adding cracks
      4m 18s
  7. 38m 16s
    1. Blending textures with Soft Light
      4m 15s
    2. Blending textures with Hard Light
      54s
    3. Blending groups
      3m 59s
    4. Blending textures with layer masks
      3m 49s
    5. Creating an antique poster
      5m 59s
    6. Blending mode sandwich
      4m 34s
    7. Blending texture from a pattern fill
      4m 9s
    8. Applying texture to an uneven surface
      10m 37s
  8. 42m 43s
    1. Creating a watercolor effect
      5m 30s
    2. Painting on canvas
      9m 57s
    3. Creating a rubber stamp
      8m 42s
    4. Converting a photograph to a drawing with Find Edges
      2m 58s
    5. Combining a black-and-white halftone with color images
      5m 6s
    6. Creating a textured duotone effect with Conté Crayon
      2m 33s
    7. Creating an abstract image with Mosaic
      6m 2s
    8. Creating a reticulation effect
      1m 55s
  9. 59m 11s
    1. Finding and installing brushes
      2m 19s
    2. Creating a shatter effect
      3m 58s
    3. Creating a smoke brush
      3m 50s
    4. Combining Photoshop with Illustrator to create a sample brush
      9m 56s
    5. Creating coffee rings
      4m 13s
    6. Creating a Bokeh texture
      9m 50s
    7. Creating corner brushes
      4m 24s
    8. Sampling a brush stroke
      3m 3s
    9. Creating a rust jewel brush
      5m 43s
    10. Building density with brush settings
      6m 45s
    11. Painting with the Mixer Brush
      5m 10s
  10. 17m 30s
    1. Adding texture to type using clipping masks
      2m 25s
    2. Applying texture to type with layer effects
      2m 53s
    3. Applying texture to type using a layer mask
      5m 33s
    4. Painting with a texture brush
      4m 31s
    5. Blending type into background texture
      2m 8s
  11. 17m 55s
    1. Using the texture actions set
      3m 12s
    2. Editing an action
      3m 18s
    3. Creating your own texture action
      5m 14s
    4. Finding, downloading, and installing actions
      3m 2s
    5. Applying texture styles
      3m 9s
  12. 20s
    1. Goodbye
      20s

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