This tutorial is about creating a realistic denim texture from scratch by mixing grayscale layers using Blend Modes and Filters. So let’s start! Final Image Preview Step 1. To start create a new RGB document 900px wide x 1500px high, set the resolution to 150 ppi and the Background Contents to white. Set the Background [...]
This tutorial is about creating a realistic denim texture from scratch by mixing grayscale layers using Blend Modes and Filters. So let’s start!
Final Image Preview
To start create a new RGB document 900px wide x 1500px high, set the resolution to 150 ppi and the Background Contents to white.
Set the Background Color on Color Picker dialog box to R:30, G:73, B:126.
Press Ctrl+Backspace (MAC: Command+Delete) to fill the Background Layer with blue color.
Create a New Layer by clicking on the icon at the bottom of the Layers panel.
Press Shift+Backspace (MAC: Shift+Delete) and select from Fill dialog box, 50% Gray to fill this layer with 50% gray.
Set Foreground and Background colors to default black and white by pressing D.
Select the Filter>Sketch>Halftone Pattern and set the Size – 1, Contrast – 0, choose Line for the Pattern Type, and click OK.
Go to Filter>Pixelate>Mezzotint and select Fine Dots for Type and click OK.
Duplicate this layer by pressing Ctrl+J (MAC: Command+J). Press Ctrl+T (MAC: Command+T) to use Free Transform. Enter exact scale amounts by using the Options bar. Type 190 in the W (Width) text field and then press the Maintain Aspect Ratio button. The layer contents are scaled to exactly 190 percent. Specify 45 degrees in the Rotation text box to rotate the layer.
Hit Enter (MAC: Return) to accept the transformation.
Select Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur to smooth out the rough detail.
Set the Blend Mode for Layer 1 copy to Multiply
and for Layer 1 to Soft Light
Next we’ll create a side seam in the denim texture. Create a new layer and using the Lasso tool (L), draw a selection as shown.
Press Shift+Backspace (MAC: Shift+Delete) and select from Fill dialog box, 50% Gray to fill this selection with 50% gray.
Press Ctrl+D (MAC: Command+D) to Deselect. Change the Blend Mode of this layer to Hard Light.
Next add a Layer Style by double-click on the Layer 2 thumbnail. Select Drop Shadow and set the next settings as shown (Opacity – 100%, uncheck Use Global Light, Angle – 180, Distance – 5px, Spread – 20%, Size – 100px)
Add a Bevel and Emboss Layer Style and set the next settings as shown (Style – Inner Bevel, Technique – Smooth, Depth – 251%, Size – 9px, Soften – 4px, Angle to –30, Altitude – 53, Highlight Mode Opacity – 47%)
Now you can click OK.
To bring more detail into the seam we’ll use the Dodge and Burn tools. Choose the Dodge tool (O), in the Options Bar, set the Brush size to 50px, Range – Midtones, Exposure – 20% and add small strokes of light areas along the edge.
Next select the Burn tool, in the Options Bar, set the Brush size to 60px, Range – Shadows, Exposure – 20% then add small strokes of dark areas.
Our realistic denim texture is done, we need to add stitching along the seam. Select Brush Tool (B) and click the Brushes panel icon at the right of the Options Bar or press F5. Choose the brush Charcoal Flat, then click on Brush Tip Shape and make the following adjustments: Diameter – 32px, Roundness – 18%, Hardness – 99%, Spacing – 636%.
Click on the Shape Dynamics and select following adjustments as shown:
Create a new layer and use the Pen Tool (P) to trace in Path Mode what will soon be a stitch line along the seam.
Right-click, select Stroke Path
select Brush, tick the Simulate Pressure box and press OK.
Press Ctrl+H (MAC: Command+H) to hide the path.
Now double-click the icon on this layer (Layer 3) to add Layer Style, select Bevel and Emboss ( Style – Pillow Emboss, Technique – Smooth, Depth – 151%, Size – 10px, Soften – 0px, Angle – 120, check Use Global Light, Altitude – 30, Highlight Mode Opacity – 40%, Shadow Mode Opacity – 40%), and then click OK.
Duplicate this layer by pressing Ctrl+J (MAC: Command+J). Select the Move Tool and drag the duplicated layer as shown.
Finally, create a new layer and add a label on it, I used Levi’s label from one of this photos and cut away the background with Pen Tool (P).
Drag this layer below the layer with seam in Layer panel and using Move Tool move the label as shown.
Download *.PSD file here.
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