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Friday Photoshare – How to Make Layered Textures in Photoshop

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Hello and welcome to another Friday Photoshare! I’m really excited about today because I’m sharing my first ever Photoshop tutorial, How to Make Layered Textures. Yay!

I’ve talked a lot about textures lately and demonstrated a bit of how I use them in last Friday’s post and this Wednesday’s post. When I first began using textures, I only applied single layer textures, like something with cracks in it or with a particular pattern to add the feel of brush strokes or fabric. Here are a couple of examples so you can see what I mean:

These single layer textures are fun and can create exactly the look you want for an edit, but I kept finding myself adding on layer after layer of texture. The more layers you have, the larger the file size becomes and the more slowly everything runs! When you start dealing with images that are 10+ GB (yes, some of my Photoshop images are over 10GB), this becomes a problem! That’s when I started creating layered textures – textures that combine multiple elements into one image.

I’ve experimented with creating layered textures for months. I’ve figured out some strategies for creating textures that ‘work,’ and plenty of ways to make textures that don’t really turn out as hoped! In my new class, available now on Skillshare, I’m sharing this knowledge with you and showing:

  • How to select images for creating layered textures
  • How to create layered textures in Photoshop
  • Ways to quickly manipulate textures to match the mood of your edit or create multiple dramatically different textures in just a couple of steps
  • Tips for using textures in photography edits and graphic design work

The class also includes access to the images I used to create the sample texture in the class. I show you how to create this:

From images like these:

I actually didn’t use all of these to create the example texture, but I’m including a few extras 🙂

A slightly ‘grungier’ version of this layered texture is what I used on this Wednesday’s printable, so please stop by the post if you want a look at how layered textures can be used in creative ways!

The class is hosted on Skillshare. My decision to use Skillshare again was easy because they recently transitioned back to the way they did things a few years ago and are once again offering one month free trials! With previous classes, I could only give you a free enrollment link for a particular class. With the new/returned program, I can give you a free month of unlimited Premium membership! You can watch How to Make Layered Textures in Photoshop completely free, along with whatever else you have time for this month, by following this signup link. Even if you’re only curious to see my method and don’t want to make any textures for yourself, you can enroll for free and check it out!

Please let me know if there are any topics you’d like to see covered in future classes – I’d love to what you’re interested in!

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  • Duni March 20, 2017, 06:00

    Awesome! I’ve worked with textures on some of my photos. I find “grungy” textures give best results 🙂

    • Natashalh March 20, 2017, 18:42

      I find they’re so helpful for adding a vintage feel, particularly to still life photos. Glad I’m not the only one who enjoys playing with textures!

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