Monday, August 20, 2012
I love creating custom textured digital papers for my website and blog design. They are so many ways to make them and I usually just play around until I come up with something I like. I wanted to write a tutorial to show you how I create these papers. At the bottom of the post you will find a download that includes the vintage paper ( modified from a texture from Lori Peterson), linen texture, and the texture I created for this tutorial.
There are probably a hundred ways to create your own custom paper, and I am going to show you one method. I dragged the texture on top of my vintage paper texture and free transformed (Ctrl-T) it to fit. It was not wide enough.
I made a copy of the texture (Ctrl-J) and moved the top layer over to cover my paper.
You can see the seams so I merged the two layers together (clicked on top and selected merge down). Then I used the cloning tool set to normal, 100%/current layer, and did a quick and dirty clone over the seam. I just picked an area I thought would look ok. This is a busy pattern so I didn't worry about it too much
I put the damask texture layer in Overlay blending mode. You can also try soft light, vivid light, multiply, etc. Or copy the layer and put one in multiply and one in screen and adjust the opacities. Play around on this step, you might be surprised at the results.
I usually desaturate all textures before making my custom papers but I didn't this time. So I added a color fill layer to change the color.
I wanted more contrast so I added a levels adjustment layer and adjusted the gamma and shadow sliders.
I flattened the texture and ran the CoffeeShop Vignette action and lowered that layer's opacity to 33%.
I decided to add a linen fabric texture. I put it under the vignette layer and put it in Multiply mode. Now I think it is perfect! At least until I start playing with it tomorrow... :-)
Download the linen, paper, and finished texture! You can also download it here.
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