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