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What are your favourite tex­tures to im­port into Pho­to­shop? Eija T, Fin­land

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Donglu replies

De­spite con­tin­u­ous in­no­va­tions in dig­i­tal paint­ing soft­ware, tex­tures have al­ways played an im­por­tant role. If I were only able to choose two tex­tures for a spe­cific project, I’d choose one or­ganic tex­ture, such as that of a rock or tree; and a geo­met­ric tex­ture made up of build­ing el­e­ments or me­chan­i­cal parts. By cre­at­ing a cus­tom shape in Pho­to­shop, I can then use those two sim­ple tex­tures to cre­ate end­less pos­si­bil­i­ties of shape com­bi­na­tions.

This quick way of gen­er­at­ing a strong com­po­si­tion is es­pe­cially use­ful dur­ing a hec­tic pro­duc­tion phase. Within a cou­ple of hours, you would be able to show your art di­rec­tor dozens of use­ful thumb­nails.

In the fol­low­ing walk­through, I’ll ex­plain the tech­nique of cre­at­ing cus­tom shapes in de­tail. Then you’ll be able to come up with your own sets of cus­tom shapes by ex­tract­ing di­verse tex­tures from your collection of photo ref­er­ences. Here, I’ve cho­sen two pho­tos from some cityscapes and one photo of a tree tex­ture that I took in Texas. The main el­e­ments in each pho­to­graph are all clearly de­fined, which makes the se­lec­tion pro­ce­dure that much eas­ier.

You can see how I’ve sim­ply ex­tracted the tex­ture el­e­ments that I need and turned them into vec­tor-based cus­tom shapes.

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