I have a lot of texture work in my art mostly because it forces the piece in a more traditional direction, rather then something obviously Photoshop. I add layers of dirt, concrete, sand, rock faces, bushes, splatters, scribbles or whatever I can find that would add more dimension and emotion to my work.
Working with textures is a big part of my creative process and I hardly got to touch on it in the previous posts, mostly because adjustments are being made the entire time I work. So I thought it would be easier to show a simple texture in action rather then explaining. You can download the ZIP file (3.06 mb) which contains a 72dpi PSD file with my layers and setting intact. It only contains four layers that, when overlayed and adjusted, create a nice splattery background texture. I used this particular combination in a lot of the recent composite work.
When creating textures I am very religious about using Mayang, Stock.xchng and Morguefile for my various texture needs. Try searching for grit, grunge, rust, metal, etc.
So, open up the PSD and have a look at my layer settings and opacities to see how it works. Have fun.
i just found your site (thru the “All Powerful” flickr)
and just wanted to take the time to say THANKS.
It is so kind and generous of you to share your art techniques.
Photoshop is so amazing, i learn more everyday, and your tips are
little gems i can add to my toolbox. thanks again!
Does anybody know what happened to Mayang? I noticed last week that the site brings up a default Plesk page, and the site and wonderful textures are nowhere to be found! Unless its just my local problem, it would be a shame if we lost it as a resource. I’ve been using that site for years!
like crystalchroma, i found you through a flickr search, and instantly fell in love with your illustrations. I love the blend of bright colors with the dirty textures. If you ever want some free textures to use in your work, I often give them away on my blog. There’s nothing more fun than spending a saturday afternoon scouting the town for interesting textures :) Last week I ventured into an old train yard, and when I get the opportunity I’ll be giving away lots of images from that outing.