You can add Photoshop textures to your artwork in the alpha channel. I’ve previously shown you a few other graphic design hacks you can do in less than 20 minutes. This is another one! Create some artwork with the pen tool, color it, and even texturize it with any texture files you have. I’ve created a step-by-step video which you can watch here:
How to Add Photoshop Textures to Artwork:
Here are the basic instructions for you list people (of which I am one!). Please note, these are for a PC so anywhere it says “CTRL” think “CMD” for a Mac.
1.) First you need a black and white image/texture. This can be .tif file or a .jpg file. You can create your own textures using ink or even by adjusting a photo (video upcoming!). Open your texture file and your artwork file.
2.) Select the entire texture or just a selection of it. Use Ctrl+C to copy the selection.
3.) Go to your artwork file and create a new alpha layer in the channels area (in the layers panel, the tab next to the layers).
4.) Invert the Alpha Layer by using CTRL+I.
5.) Paste the texture in the Alpha Layer (CTRL+V).
6.) Deselect the image by using CTRL+D.
7.) CTRL+I to invert the alpha layer again.
8.) Hold down the CTRL button and click the alpha icon inside the alpha layer. This will select all the little bits of texture.
Adding the Photoshop Texture to the Layer:
9.) Go to the LAYERS area and create a new layer and rename it for the texture. Example: Coffee Cup Texture. Go to the bottom of the layers area and click on the half-shaded circle and click on SOLID COLOR and then select a color of your choice.
10.) Click on the layer you just created and right click and then select “Convert to Smart Object”. This will allow you to resize without losing quality.
11.) Move the texture around to where you want it. Use the move tool or click V to access it.
12.) When you have the texture where you prefer, use the black arrow tool to select the path of the object you’d like to texturize. You have to make sure that layer is selected in the layers panel, then use the arrow to select the path by clicking on it. Copy this path CTRL+C.
13.) Go to the texture layer and select it. Click on CTRL+V to paste the path to that layer.
14.) While still on the texture layer, double click on it to access the blend modes. Adjust how you like and click OK.
15.) Repeat this for all layers you want texturized.
That’s it! I’ll be posting a video hopefully next week on how to create a texture using a photograph or creating them by hand. Please subscribe to this blog and my YouTube channel and watch for my upcoming videos on these topics.