Make a Quick Paper Texture in Photoshop

Instead of using a plain colored background or borrowing a texture, why not create your own? It is very easy to do and will make your business card or poster printing design have its very own look. Plus, you can go more traditional with your paper texture or make it look more grunge. Whatever type of paper texture you need, the steps below should help you set it up correctly as well as allow you to take the design in the direction you want to go.

Step 1
Open a new document in Photoshop and fill it with a color for your texture. Usually a light tan or beige color is best since you can later much more easily tweak the color if desired. I used an 800x1200 pixel size for the document and filled it with color #e5d9bf.


Step 2
Now create a new layer above this background layer. Change the foreground and background colors to a slightly lighter and darker hue of your original color. I used #f2e5c7 for the foreground and #ccbd9b for the background.


Step 3
Go to Filter>Render>Clouds. This will add a nice light texture to your paper.


Step 4
Now open Filter>Artistic>Palette Knife and change the Stroke Size to 40, the Stroke Detail to 3, and the Softness to 0.


Step 5
Paper is usually not smooth, so go to Filter>Noise>Add Noise and set the Amount to 10%. Be sure to select Uniform and Monochromatic as well.

Step 6
Now in your Layers palette, change the option in the drop down box to Multiply and the Opacity to 50%.


Step 7
We will now redo most of the above steps. Be sure to first create a new layer, and then use a darker set of foreground (#efd0a4) and background (#c1af88) colors for the Clouds effect. Use the same settings for the Palette Knife effect. Skip the Noise step. In the Layers palette, choose Overlay this time with an Opacity of 50%. You can stop here or make some more changes to your paper texture.


Step 8
You can use Texturizer to create a rougher paper look. To do this, go to Filter>Texture>Texturizer and choose the different settings for the look desired. Below are some settings I played around with:

Texture: Burlap; Scaling: 100%; Relief: 5; Light: Left.

Texture: Canvas; Scaling: 200%; Relief: 3; Light: Bottom Right.

Texture: Sandstone; Scaling: 200%; Relief: 6; Light: Bottom.

Step 9
You can also easily modify the color of the paper by going to Image>Adjustments>Hue/Saturation. For the image below, I used a hue of 333, saturation of 34, and a lightness of -30. I also selected Colorize.


For the following image, I used a hue of 155, saturation of 54, and a lightness of -67, and selected Colorize.


Of course, many more changes can be made to your paper texture by using any of the effects within Filter and Image>Adjustments. Play around to your heart’s content and have fun! Then use your new paper texture as the background of a web page or poster printing design for a look that is completely you.



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