Using a tutorial on Youtube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQZkNa4FgV8), I today learned how to create a textured background that resembles fabric. The tutorial shows how to create a very realistic denim effect. However, I tweaked some of the settings to create more of a hessian effect.
A summary of the steps are as follows:
- Set contrasting foreground and background colours (for denim effect fg = light blue, bg = dark blue)
- Filter > Filter Gallery > Sketch > Halftone Pattern > SIze = 1 Contrast = 0
- Filter > Filter Gallery > Artistic > Smudge Stick > Stroke = 2 Highlight = 12 Intensity = 10
- Filter > Filter Gallery > Texture > Grain > Intensity 13 Contrast = 50
Here is my result:
I plan to use this on my latest ‘vector cartoon’ version of the RedStar website. It will form the background of the logo, to create a realistic fabric ‘label’ style logo – evocative of brand labels used on denim jeans (Levis etc). I think that the realistic texture effect will work well in contrast to the simple cartoon style of the rest of the site.