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Learning the Ins and Outs of Photoshop Textures

written by: Camesha White•edited by: Michele McDonough•updated: 9/12/2011

To make those last minute changes, fix small inconsistencies, and to help your desktop publishing project reach its full potential, try using Photoshop Textures.

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    Photoshop Textures can be used for a variety of issues ranging from red eye, removing unnecessary marks, or just adding a little extra excitement to your image. Here's what you need to know to start using Textures in your projects.

    To begin, click Filter, and then Texture. You will be presented with a menu with the following options: Craquelure, Grain, Mosaic Tiles, Patchwork, Stained Glass, and Texturizer. To open the dialog box, click the texture you would like to use. If you have not yet made a decision, and would like to browse all of the textures, click any option and the dialog box will open.In the middle pane, click Texture.The window will expand, showing you your choices.The left pane shows a preview of your project and in the right pane will appear formatting options relating to the selected texture. The Texture options are as follows:

    Craquelure. Places cracks throughout your image. You can adjust the Crack Spacing, Crack Depth, and Crack Brightness.

    Grain. This feature affects every dot, or pixel in your image. You can alter the Intensity, Contrast and Grain Type (some of your options here are Soft, Clumped, Enlarged and Speckle).

    Mosaic Tiles. This texture looks quite similar to Craquelure, only it’s more structured. Your editing options here are Tile Size, Grout Wide, and Lighten Grout.

    Patchwork. This option Is also structured, but somewhat blurry. You can make changes to the Square Size and Relief.

    Stained Glass. Upon selecting this texture, the default setting will make your photo unclear. To fix this simply make the cell size smaller. The smallest setting would be best to add the effect, without taking away from the image itself. Other options are Border Thickness and Light Intensity.

    Texturizer. This option greatly resembles the texture of a painting canvas. You can make changes to the Texture, Scaling, Relief, and Light.

    Right-clicking in the left pane of any texture will present you with zoom options ranging from 6% to 1600%. Other viewing options are Actual Pixels, Fit in View, and Fit on Screen. There is also a toolbar located at the bottom of the left pane with these same options.

    If these textures aren’t doing the trick, and you would like more options, there are quite a few websites that offer free Photoshop Texture downloads. Have fun!