How to Use Household Objects to Create Texture in Photoshop3:23 with Allison Grayce Marshall
In this Treehouse Quick Tip, we're going to learn how to use random objects found throughout the average household to create our very own custom texture in Photoshop.
[treehouse presents] 0:00 [Quick Tips: How to use Household Objects to Create Texture in Adobe Photoshop with Allison Grayce] 0:02 Hi I'm Allison Grace. 0:06 In this Treehouse quick tip, we're gonna learn how to use random objects 0:07 found throughout the average household to create our very own 0:10 custom texture in Photoshop. 0:13 We'll do so by hunting down flat surfaces with scratches, stains, and patterns 0:15 that we'll then scan in and layer on top of our design in Photoshop 0:19 to create a subtle grunge texture. 0:23 I went ahead and scanned the objects I found throughout my house 0:26 and have them opened up in Photoshop. 0:29 Out of the objects I scanned, I think the cutting board and the wooden box 0:31 scanned the best and will have the most interesting texture. 0:34 So we're gonna move forward with those two. 0:37 Let's go ahead and crop this image and then rotate it. 0:39 Next we're going to bump up the levels by going to Image, Adjustments, Levels. 0:45 Now this really brings out the contrast in the photo 0:58 allowing the scratches, texture, and stains to show up in the photo. 1:01 Now it's not going to look very pretty but this is what we want. 1:05 Let's go ahead and sharpen this image. 1:08 Go ahead and save this jpeg in a convenient location. 1:12 Fireworks is the best program for working with PNGs. 1:26 What we're going to do is actually convert this jpeg to Alpha 1:29 by going to Filter, Other, Convert to Alpha. 1:32 What this actually does is make the lightest colors transparent 1:38 and the darkest colors opaque. 1:42 This works well because the scratches and stains 1:44 are going to be darker than the surface 1:46 which will give the texture a really natural, realistic look to it. 1:48 Once you've done that, go ahead and save out the image as a Fireworks PNG 1:52 and then open it up in Photoshop. 1:59 You can see in the image where the transparency is occurring, 2:01 where the checkered background of the Photoshop document shows through. 2:05 Go ahead and drag this image onto your design. 2:09 So you can see we're already seeing a really neat transformation 2:13 but it's a little bit harsh. 2:16 We can change its blending mode like so 2:18 but if you notice it actually changes the color of the background. 2:21 Which looks okay but I actually prefer to simply duplicate the layer 2:24 and give it a color overlay that's the same color of the background. 2:29 Notice how this diffuses the intensity of the texture quite significantly. 2:42 Go ahead and play around with a number of layers, 2:46 the blending modes, and position of the layer to get all sorts of unique effects. 2:48 I'm going to follow the same steps 2:57 but use the scanned image of the wooden box this time 2:58 and see what kind of result we can achieve with this texture. 3:00 Let me get another really fun texture that we can call all our own. 3:05 Now there are plenty of textures we can download on the internet, 3:13 but it can be fun and rewarding to create your own. 3:16 Challenge yourself to open your eyes 3:18 and see the art in even the simplest of household items. 3:20
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