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