5 Useful Photoshop Effects

by Staff

... continued from the previous page.

Now, we continue Andrea's 5 essential effects in 3 easy steps, with the creation of two essential textures, a wood grain effect, and a brushed metal effect...

4. Wood Texture

This is not intended to replace high quality textures but it's a good method to fake wood when creating complex objects and textures will not be closely scrutinized.

Step 1 : Choose brown hues for foreground and background colors.
Step 2 Apply the Fibers filter (Filter > Render > Fibers). Choose the values you like.

Choose colors, Apply Fibers filter

Step 3 : Duplicate the layer, set it to Soft Light mode then apply Filter > Artistic > Poster Edges. Use the preview for reference and don't overdo it. (enlarge)
Add knots with the Liquify filter. Use the various tools on the left side of the palette. (Liquify filter Palette)

set it to Soft Light mode then apply Filter, then Liquify

Simple and not overly realistic but very fast and useful for small surfaces.

5. Brushed Metal Texture

This has the same usage warnings as the previous texture. Good for small surfaces not in focus, bad for extensive objects with no detail. Use real textures for those.

Step 1 : Choose gray hues for foregound and background colors. Go to Filter > Render > Fibers.

Choose gray hues then Filter > Render > Fibers

Step 2

Apply Motion Blur (Filter > Blur > Motion Blur).
Apply Motion Blur

Step 3 : Duplicate the layer, set it to Multiply.

This is way too simplistic. Let's add some dirt and variation.
Go to Filter > Sketch > Chrome.

 Multiply and Filter Sketch Chrome Filter

After Multiply and Filter Sketch Chrome Filter Now those stains and drippings give it more realism. I use these techniques all the time when making icons.


That's it. See how easy it is to create textures and patterns with basic tools in Photoshop?
And we've only scratched the surface! Have fun!


Again, a big thanks and a round of applause for Andrea Austoni's Cute Little Factory for posting this tutorial to the Photoshop 911 Tutorials page! See lots of bright, sincere design and visuals at the www.cutelittlefactory.com -- while you're there, don't miss Andrea's Portfolio and Freebies page featuring lots of original icons, vectors and wallpapers -- free for your personal use. If you contact Andrea, tell him Fred sent you!

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On December 3rd, Andrea Austoni said:

thanks for the kind words. I am not a woman, though! So please change the text.

On December 3rd, harshad s umrotkar said:

i m from India
this is very very very nice effect, i like this very much
thank u so much

On December 5th, Anonymous said:

Nice simple tutorials, though there are a number of things I'd do different, especially on the stars and wood texture, and the fake miniature photography thing, using masks is often superior and this effect could have been done in 3 steps as well, with much more flexibility after the fact.

On December 10th, Fred said:

Oh, Andrea -- I am very sorry !!! I believe you even told me that at one point, but I guess in the process of getting the story online I completely messed up. My apologies!

Still great stuff, isn't it, folks?

We're looking forward to more and more!

On March 2nd, Anonymous said:

Very nice little tutorials.. By the way I'm Nico from Philippines.. Can I have your e-mail please?

On April 3rd, Pat Jordan said:

So, it's a web page, Fred, change the "him" to "HER" already! I am with you Andrea, as a female (although my name can be mistaken for male or female gender) it is important to me to be referred to correctly, especially when you have contributed this great tutorial.... very, nice and one I will use, by the way.

On June 6th, LG said:

Nice and very very nice. I am interested about u. Let me no what r u doing now. I am engaged in 3d modelling and animated movie making company. This is my own company. I have already made Sinbad which is waiting for on air. Thanks.

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On September 8th, Vipin said:

M visiting this site for the first time and I guess this is going to be a long love affair.
God bless all guys and gals who r helping people like us.

On October 28th, Anonymous said:

That is NOT how you do fake miniature photography.

On October 30th, Fred Showker said:

So, anonymous ... if this is NOT the way to do it, perhaps you'd like to provide us all with a more formal tutorial -- and show us how it's actually done!

There are now a whole array of plug-ins you can get for Photoshop that do exactly the same thing ... many are actually BASED ON THIS type of image manipulation.

But all our readers would seriously appreciate your contribution and insights on doing "fake" miniature photography.


Just tell me about it here: http://www.graphic-design.com/contact.html


On December 16th, Anonymous said:


On March 6th, Anonymous said:

f__k you .this one is really interpreting me so much .this one is disgusting performance of you.i think you leave graphic design and take to bowl on road.