Utilizing a Premade Texture in Photoshop

One of the ways to utilize a premade Photoshop texture is to create a seamless, scalable background for use with websites or scrapbooking. You can achieve this by creating a texture from scratch, however, if you use a premade Photoshop texture, you can do this quickly by following a few steps.

Step 1: Open an Existing Texture

Open Adobe Photoshop, then select the "Actions" palette. Open the "Textures" folder and scroll down to one the premade textures. To run your selected action, you can either double click on your choice or click on the "Run" button.

Step 2: Offset the Image

Once you have chosen the texture you want to use, you can prepare to remove the seams. To make the seams visible, you can offset the image. Go to "Filter", choose "Other" and then "Offset". When deciding how much to offset the image, make sure to choose a number of pixels where you will have enough room on the side of the seems for you to work. For example, if you are using a 400 by 400 canvas, choose the offset of 200 pixels on the left and 200 pixels on the right.

Step 3: Remove the Seams

The seams can be removed by using the brushes and tools provided by Photoshop. Some tools that are useful are Smudge and Clone as well as the Dodge and Burn brushes. To choose a tool to use, go to the main "Tool" palette to select the tool you want to use by scrolling down and double clicking on the tool.

Depending on the type of Photoshop texture you choose, one tool may work better than the other. By trying different tools, you can use your artistic talent to make any changes or adjustments in the pattern. You can also choose the pixels number and the strength for different effects. Through trial and error, you can find the best one for the texture you have chosen.

Step 4: Check the Pattern

The point of producing a seamless Photoshop texture is the ability to have it remain seamless when tiled for an attractive background image. To test out the texture that you have been working on, in Photoshop go to "Edit", then "Define Pattern", then give your image a name to save it.

Next, create a new document. Hold down the "CTRL" key and "N" and choose a large canvas size such as 1000 by 1000 pixels. With the canvas open, go to "Edit" then "Fill", and choose your pattern from the drop down menu. Click on "OK" to fill the entire canvas with the defined pattern you have chosen. This is a fast way to check how well the seams are blended. If you are not happy about how it looks, you can open the pattern you defined and make any changes, or try other tools to see if they may be more effective.

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