We’ve got another great resource for you – a freely-available collection of custom Photoshop textures to help set your work apart… This exclusive set of 29 different handcrafted textures has been released by War Unicorn Media at no cost and is 100% royalty-free. This collection comes complete with an 18-page guide (available online or as a downloadable PDF), filled with tips and tricks on how to best use textures in your Photoshop workflow, as well as how to create your own!
Textures are super-easy to apply and use in Photoshop. Just load the texture into a new layer above your composition, and then set its Blending Mode and Opacity for how you want it to impact the photograph or image underneath. More details and ideas are given in the short tutorial video included below.
Here is James Rodel’s introduction from the accompanying guide, which is packed with examples and entitled, “Textures, the Universe, and You“:
Textures, They’re Everywhere
One of my favorite techniques when creating compositions is the ability to give a composition a “textured window” – a portal – that introduces someone looking at my artwork into my world. I also tend to use textures with color as a basis for compositions. Textures can also be used to unify seemingly disparate elements in a composition.
They can be subtle or they can be dramatic. Photoshop CC not only makes this process easy but also fun to explore your creativity.
This guide is a look into how I use textures in my workflow. Hopefully, you’ll pick up something new or feel inspired to make your own textures. These tips assume you know the basics of Photoshop – namely, the use of layers and blending modes.
So here it is – the “never-before-seen, exclusive collection of one-of-a-kind textures for you to use, royalty-free, ad infinitum, ad perpetuam, pro gratis, forever.” The textures pack can be used with any version of Photoshop (or even with Photoshop Elements), and you’ll find the download link given on the last page of the guide here:
Included in the Warunicorn Collection are high-resolution textures for Parchment Paper, Coffee Filters, Construction Paper, Tea Filters, Facial Tissue, Contractor’s Paper, Ice, Paperboard, and more.
If you don’t yet have the latest Photoshop desktop software, just download a free working trial for either Windows or macOS (or try the whole Creative Cloud) – then install, run, and start texturizing your images and artwork…
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Russell Brown’s Paper Textures Pro add-on is another terrific source of textures that’s been around for a while, but is still as awesome as when it first came out… This free extension adds a brand new panel to Photoshop, giving you 54 cool new creative textures to work and play with. You can apply the texture you want literally with one click:
Add textures to your images with this great new panel for Adobe Photoshop CC. Included with this panel is a wonderful sampler set of textures from Fly Paper Textures. You can also add your own custom textures for even more creative possibilities.
As the user reviews say, “Really beautiful textures and the panel works so well. I had spent hours trying to do by myself what you can get in 30 seconds with these amazing textures. You can make the images look aged, with character, really interesting and creative effects. Exquisitely done and so fast and easy to get that just perfect added touch to some of my pictures! Thank you very much flypapertextures and Russell :)”
Make sure you sign in with your Adobe ID when you install it above, so the add-on will automatically be included in your extensions the next time you launch Photoshop. To get started with Paper Textures Pro, just watch this helpful 10-minute tutorial video on how to use it:
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