In this tutorial, you will learn how to create an old paper texture that is perfect as a background for scrabbooking. This texture will perfectly complement old, antique photos.
In this tutorial, I use Photoshop CS5, but you can use any other version.
An example of using the texture of old paper for decorating photos:
Start by creating a new document. To do this, enter the menu File – New (File > New).
In the dialog box that opens, set the width and height of the document. I will use the values of 1000×1000 pixels, the resolution is 72 pixels. If you plan to print the resulting background, then set the resolution to 240 pixels or higher. Click OK.
Change the color of the document using the menu Editing – Fill (Edit> Fill).
In the opened window in the parameter Use (Use) from the drop-down list, select Color (Color).
In the color picker, select light brown by setting the values R 211, G 178 and B 140 and click OK.
You will see that the document is filled with a light brown color:
Create a new layer through the icon at the bottom of the Layers palette:
The created empty layer will be named Layer 1:
On this layer we will create a texture. To begin with, in the color palette, set the default colors (black and white) by pressing the D key.
Now apply Clouds filter (Filter – Rendering – Clouds / Filter> Render> Clouds):
This filter has no settings – it will add clouds in random order:
Now apply Spray Filter (Filter – Strokes – Spraying / Filter> Brush Strokes> Spatter):
You will see a dialog box Filter Galleries (Filter Gallery) with a preview window on the left and settings on the right. Set the values you see on the screenshot:
Change the layer cloud overlay to Overlap (Overlay). Reduce the opacity of the layer to approximately 15% to reveal the clouds through the color:
Now the image looks like this:
Create a new layer (Shift + Ctrl + N) – this layer will be named Layer 2.
Also apply to this new layer Clouds filter (Filter – Rendering – Clouds / Filter> Render> Clouds):
Also add stains by applying filter application (Filter – Imitation – Application / Filter> Artistic> Cutout):
In the filter configuration window, set the values shown in the screenshot:
After applying the filter, your document will look like this:
Change the blending mode of the second cloud layer to Overlap (Overlay) and reduce the opacity to 10-15%.
This is how the document looks after adding stains:
Hold down the Alt key, right-click on the top layer and select Merge visible (Merge Visible):
Usually, after selecting a command Merge visible (Merge Visible), flattens all existing layers. But, if you hold down the Alt key, a combined version of all existing layers on the new layer will be created. This layer will appear above all layers:
Choose a tool Dimmer (Burn Tool) – with its help we will make the edges of the document darker.
Press the F key on the keyboard to switch to full-screen mode (if you press the F key again, you can return to the previous window mode). After the tool is selected Dimmer (Burn tool), set the Range item to Midtones and Exposure to 50%.
Then, with a large brush with soft edges, darken the edges of the document. To change the size of the brush, use the keys: ([) – to reduce the size of the brush, (]) – to increase the size of the brush. If you need to change the hardness of the brush, use the same keys, only while holding down the Shift key.
For best results, try to keep the cursor on the tool. Dimmer (Burn Tool) on the gray workspace to darken only the edges.
If you make a mistake, undo the last action by pressing the Ctrl + Z keys.
Create a new layer (Shift + Ctrl + N).
Press Ctrl + Backspace – this method will instantly fill the layer with the current background color (in my case, the background layer is white).
Add a filter noise (Filter – noise – Add noise / Filter> Noise> Add Noise):
Merge all layers together (Ctrl + E)
Now that the old paper texture is ready, save it through the menu. File – Save As (File > Save As), select the PSD format to save and give it a name – I will call the texture “Old Paper Texture.PSD”. That’s all!