diModule | Creating Textures

Creating texture | One way to add a human touch to illustrations created in Adobe Photoshop is to create your own textures.

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I create my textures on 8.5 x 11 inch hardboards. While it is not necessary to use an 8.5 x 11 inch hardboard, I prefer it for the following reasons.

  • It doesn’t warp making it easier to scan.
  • 8.5 x 11 fits on the scanner.
  • It can be painted over and over.

Be creative

Texture is all around us and adds a tactile quality to digital images. The examples shown at the beginning of the post were created with the following materials.

  • black ink on a white gessoed hardboard.
  • acrylic black paint on a gessoed hardboard.
  • single sided courugated cardboard mounted, gessoed and painted with a thin wash of black acrylic paint

Scanning a texture

Scan in grayscale | Most of the textures that I use reference the value in an image. I scan them at 600ppi at 100% scale.

Adding a texture to Photoshop

Once the image is scanned open it. Starting in the Menu bar Edit > Define Pattern. It is that simple. The pattern is now available for you to use.

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