Adding Relief Texture

Adding Relief Texture

Photoshop CS6 Tutorial


How to Add a Relief Texture in Photoshop



Computer generated textures often appear flat and lifeless. By adding shadows, the texture appears to pop off the page.


Step One

Open a new blank document in Photoshop (File > New). Set the size to 500 pixels by 500 pixels at 72 ppi.

Step Two

Set the Foreground and Background colors to compatible hues.

Step Three

Fill the image with the Foreground color (Edit > Fill + Foreground color or Opt/Delete (PC-Alt/Delete or Backspace).

Step Four

Choose Filter > Filter Gallery, then open the Texture section and choose Grain.

Step Five

Set Intensity to 40 and Contrast to 50. Change the Grain Type to Sprinkles. Click OK.

Step Six

Choose Filter > Render > Lighting Effects. Set the Light Type to Infinite.

Step Seven

Set Texture Channel to Red, Green or Blue. This uses the specified channel to create the texture. You can always take a look at the channels to determine which will work best. Adjust the Height slider to fine tune the texture, then click OK.

Controlling Texture Intensity

You can adjust the intensity of the texture by moving the Mountainous slider in the Lighting Effects dialog box. Try saving custom grayscale channels in the Channels palette for adding texture.