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Stone Wall

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6. Add extra features

Click on the foreground color in the tool bar ...

Foreground Color

...to open the Color Picker window.

Enter the value 917F29 (medium brown) in the box marked with A and click on OK:

Color Picker window

 

Click on the background color in the tool bar ...

Background Color

...to open the Color Picker window.

Enter the value D9E065 (medium yellow/green/brown) in the box marked with A and click on OK.

Click on the Create a New Layer Create a New Layer icon icon to create a new layer.

Double click on the layer's name in the layers palette and rename it to Colors .

Turn this layer into a clipping layer by pressing Ctrl+G (Command + G on the Mac) or Alt + Ctrl + G (Option + Command + G on the Mac) if you're using Photoshop CS2.

Set the blending mode of this layer to Soft Light .

Select in the menu: Filter / Render / Clouds.

Click on the Add layer Mask iconAdd Layer Maskat the bottom of the layers palette to add a layer mask.

With the layer mask active, select in the menu: Filter / Render / Clouds.

Go to the menu and select Image / Adjustments / Levels...

Move the black slider to the right until you only see a few yellow spots left on the stones and click on OK:

Levels

Note: by moving the slider to the right we made the mask darker and increased the contrast. More black means that less pixels of the layer the mask is attached to will appear in our document window, which is what we want since we only want a few yellow/green areas.

This how our layers palette should look right now:

Layers Palette

 

We're now going to decrease the open spaces between the stones.

Click on the layer mask of the Wall Texture layer; it will now have a double border.

Select in the menu: Filter / Other / Maximum.
Enter a Radius of 1 pixels and click OK:

Maximum

 

Move with your mouse over the next image to notice the difference:

Rollover

Space

 

Notice that the lowest radius that we can use for the Maximum filter is 1 pixel (lower pixels are ignored).
Because of this less control over the end result; the new space might be too small. We can solve this by using Fade.
Select in the menu Edit / Fade Maximum...
Enter an Opacity value 70% and click OK:

Fade

Important: Fade can only be used right after we applied the effect that we want to fade. Notice that in the menu we read Fade Maximum.... If for example Gaussian Blur was the last filter we used, it would read Fade Gaussian Blur.

 

Final image

This is our final image:

Final Image

 

We can use this wall as a texture in an image, change perspective by selecting in the menu Edit / Transform / Distort,
change it into a stone floor by using the same Distort command, use it as a texture in a 3D program, etc.

What you have learned in this tutorial:

  • Using filters to create a texture
  • Using a mask to create patterns
  • Using layer styles to give an image a 3 dimensional appearance
  • Painting shadows and highlights to improve this 3 dimensional appearance
  • Use the liquify tool to give an image a more random look

I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial.

For more help with Photoshop check out ourPhotoshop Trainingsection.

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