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Adding Texture Tutorial

It may be uncanny to see me make Photoshop tutorials but you’ll get used to it. As a student requested, I will show you how to add textures to some parts of your photograph (i.e. dirt onto a ball).

What You’ll Be Making:


  • Photoshop
  • Quick Selection Tool
  • Pictures/Stocks
  • Layermasks
  • Brush


1. A. Make a new document.

B. Bring in your texture first onto one layer.

C. Bring in the picture you want to add the texture too.

2. If you haven’t done so already, move your texture layer below the layer of the picture you’re working on.

3. Press W to bring up the Quick Selection Tool. Your cursor should change to that of a circle with a plus sign in the middle. Use this tool select the area of which you want to place a texture on. You will a moving dashed line as the outline of your selection.

4. A. When your selection is perfected, move up the texture layer above your working photograph layer. You will still see the dashed outline on top of all the layers.

B. With the selection visible and the texture layer highlighted, click the Add Layer Mask button (the one that looks like a gray box with a white circle inside of it).

C. After doing so, your texture will be masked inside your selection. You can stop from here but you wouldn’t really want to without refining it a bit.

D. You could alter the fill’s opacity. You could even paint the mask with white (using just the brush) to soften  the edges.

5. Continue to play around and experiment to refine your masked texture.

Adding texture is key to enhancing images.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and learned something new.


Texture with Masks Tutorial

Welcome back to the second part of  the 3-D text tutorial. In this part, we will add a faded shadow to our 3-D text.

What You’ll Be Making:


  • Illustrator CS4/5
  • Text Tool
  • Brushes
  • Opacity Masks
  • Slight experience w/ Illustrator


1. A. Use the type tool to type anything you want.   B. For practice, let’s use brushes. Open up the brush window. If you don’t have it open, go to Window>Brushes or press F5.

2. A. Drag a brush/texture onto your workspace. B. Scale the brush/texture so it fits across the object you want to have textured. D. Delete the larger text since it wouldn’t make sense for a casted shadow.

3. A. Copy-drag (by clicking the object then holding option/alt then releasing) a clone of your object (text). B. If your working with text, it’s best to work with outlines so right-click your text and choose Create Outlines. C. Click Cmd+C or Ctrl+C to copy  your cloned object. This is an important step. D. Delete your selection, you’ll see why later. E. It would be wise to change the colors of your texture so that the fill will be the same as the color of your background. Usually brushes have some box around them so be sure to delete that.

4. A. Select your texture and open up the Transparency window by going to Window>Transparency. In the transparency window, double-click an empty gray area next your object. This will create an opacity mask which is already set to clip. B. Click Cmd+V or Ctrl+V to paste your copied object from the last step. C. Move the pasted object onto your original object (text) so they snap into place.

5. A. Click the little gray chain icon between the mask and object in the transparency window. This will prevent the pasted object from moving. B. Switch out from masking editing mode to your normal mode, switch to first box inside the transparency window. Then move your brush/texture over to your original object. C. You will now see your texture/brush going through each letter without crossing the edges of each letter.

6 A. Improve this blend by lower its opacity to around 50%.  B. Use the white arrow tool to move the text with 0% opacity closer to the solid-filled text. You will have achieved a 3-D effect as you see below.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and learned a new skill.

Making a Simple Baseball Icon Tutorial

This tutorial will show you how to make a Baseball icon which will resemble the one I used for my January calendar.

What You’ll Be Making:


  • Illustrator
  • Strokes
  • Brushes
  • Slight experience w/ Illustrator


1. A. Draw a circle with a white/gray fill. B. Draw curved secants on both sides of this circle.

2. A. Draw a shape such as an askew triangle (see picture below) and give a red fill (this will become our thread). B. Select this object, then go to Brush tab (click F5 to bring up the Brush Window) and click on the “New ___” symbol to create a new brush (see picture below). A window will pop up, choose the scatter brush option. C. A new window will pop up. For right now, just click OK.

3. A. Now select both of your curved paths. B. Then click on your new brush and you will get something as you would see below.

4. A. Go to the Brush window/tab and double-click your brush or click the Brush Settings button next to the new brush button. B. Now a window will pop up (that you’ve already seen). Click preview to see what you’re doing and adjust the spacing, size, and rotation to your choosing but be sure to make the rotation relative to path. Then click OK.

5. A. Select the two paths and group them together. B. Draw a circle of the same size as our original and move it to the front. Then select that circle and the paths, then right-click and choose Create Clipping Mask.

6 A. Select both the circle and the clipped paths and add a Drop Shadow by going to Effect>Stylize>Drop Shadow. B. Adjust numbers to your choosing. C. If you’ve followed the steps right, you should’ve got something close to this.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial.

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