Create Seamless Textures for Your Photography

Texture layers are useful tools in Adobe Photoshop to change the look and feel of any image. And while you can find lots of textures online - free or for a small fee – sometimes you just need to create your own to meet your specific design goals.

Fortunately, the process to create and use seamless textures is a matter of a few straightforward steps, and the results are limited only to your imagination.

Artistic marble texture

Create an Overlay

The first step is to ensure that your new texture will scale, which means creating your texture using seamless tiles. Create a new doc using a square format – like 512 x 512. Unlock the Background layer and use Layer – Smart Objects – Convert to Smart Object. This will allow you to edit the Filter Effects after they have been create.

Choose the Foreground and Background color pallets you want applied to your new texture. Open your Filter Gallery to see the tools available for your creative process. Filters like Render – Clouds or Fibers will create patterns using your color pallet. Or use the Noise – Add Noise filter to add texture and the Brush Strokes filters to modify the result. Since we are using Smart Objects, filter effects can be turned on and off, stacked or modified to create just the look you want.

Abstract Texture design wood grain

Create Wood Pattern

As an example, use these steps to create a simple wood texture. Open a new document, giving it a square ration (i.e. 512 x 512). Set your foreground and background colors your light and dark wood tones.

Choose Filter – Render – Fibers and adjust the Variance and Strength values to achieve the desired look.

Save your new Pattern

The new texture can be dragged into image to use as an overlay, or it can be saved as a pattern by using the Edit – Define Pattern dialogue box to give it a unique name. See your new pattern in action by creating a new document and adding Layer – New Fill Layer – Pattern from the list.

White knitted repeating pattern of handmade texture.

Use a Photo

Another option is to use a photo or portion of a photo as the your new texture. And while it is possible to create a seamless, tile repeatable pattern from anything, choosing the wrong image can make the process harder than it needs to be. Choose an image with even exposure, no perspective distortion, is high resolution and free of noise or be prepared to “fix” those problems before you start this process.

Start by cropping the image to Square dimensions. If necessary, take this opportunity to crop out any potential problem spots like those mentioned above. Create a repeating pattern by using Filter – Other – Offset and adjusting the Horizontal and Vertical values to be size of image. You will now have you texture in a grid of 4 that will create a seamless pattern when tiled.

But you will also most likely see visible seams where the 4 parts come together. You have a choice of methods to fix this. Use the Clone Tool, Patch Tool or Content Aware Fill to select the seam areas and fill with suitable content. I prefer the Clone Tool as it provides the most control, but it can also be the most tedious depending on how obviously the seam area stands out in the final image.

Save and reuse your pattern using the Edit – Define Pattern dialogue box.

Once you are familiar with the steps to create a seamless pattern, you can apply them over and over to fulfill all your custom texture design needs.

Photo credits: Ganna Potapova, Lisa Mckown.

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March 01, 2020


Good one, thanks for writing this!

March 01, 2020


Nice! thanks for the advices!

February 29, 2020


Congratulazioni per il bel blog! Le trame in realtà se originali e meglio fotografate, offrono guadagni significativi su Dreamstime. Personalmente ho realizzato molte vendite con texture fotografate e realizzate con Photoshop o Illustrator!

February 28, 2020


Nice one, thanks for sharing.

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