Learn how to collect and enhance real-world textures and integrate them into your digital designs.
- A digital workflow is great. It allows us an incredible amount of creative flexibility that previous generations of artists could only dream of. But with new methods come new challenges. And when it comes to creating digital design, the look and feel of the work can often appear too clean, too sharp, and too perfect. This is caused by the precision of digital workflows. Design in general was never so precise prior to the computer being introduced to our industry.
For the most part, designs were handcrafted, so the elements and aesthetics had an imperfect human quality to them. Today's app-driven tools can at times produce aesthetically cold and sterile results. So we need to find a balance between the two extremes, and that is where textures come into play. Textures give humanity to art, because they're timeless. They never go out of style, and in an age of digital perfectionism, they bring an authentic and tactile visual quality to our work.
So let's see how we can collect, create, explore, and utilize real-world textures in the context of digital design.
- Photographing real-world surface textures
- Importing texture photographs with Adobe Bridge
- Organizing a library of textures
- Building a PSD texture resource file
- Creating wood-grain and painterly textures
- Using a Photoshop texture brush
- Using textures in Illustrator