Making realistic folds on fabric in Photoshop

In this short tutorial for beginners, I will show you how to create effects on fabric folds in Adobe Photoshop using an offset map. You can turn any fabric into a displacement map, and then create a realistic print on the fabric. This filter technique Offsets (Displace) can also be used for other textures, such as stone texture, cracked wall texture, etc. This is a great way to add a 3D object to a material or texture.

So let’s get started!

The final result:

Step 1

Download the original texture of the Fabric Folds to your computer. Open this texture in Photoshop. Name the fabric texture layer. Fabric folds (Fabric Folds). The size of the fabric texture and, accordingly, the size of the working document will be 3500 x 2500 px. Next, you need to set the dimensions of the working document; you can either crop the image with the tool Frame (Crop Tool) or resize the image through the menu Image – Image Size (Image> Image Size).

Step 2

Next, you can make a small correction of the texture of the fabric. For example, you can change the scale of the texture (CTRL + T), move or rotate the texture. And also you can apply filter Blur – Gaussian Blur (Gaussian Blur) to soften the texture, for this we go Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur). I will leave the texture as it is.

Save the texture file in PSD format. Name the file fabric-folds-displacement-map.psd.

Step 3

Once again go to the menu File – Save As (File – Save as) to save the file in PSD format. Name the new PSD document fabric-folds.psd. Once you have saved the document, temporarily disable layer visibility. Fabric folds (Fabric Folds).

Step 4

Download the original Black Fabric texture. Open this texture in Photoshop. With the help of a tool Move (Move Tool), move this texture to our working paper. Place the black fabric texture below the layer. Fabric folds (Fabric Folds). Name the black fabric layer. Fabric Texture (Fabric Texture).

Step 5

Now you can add your logo or simple text on a new layer (s) on top of the layer. Fabric Texture (Fabric Texture), but below the layer Fabric folds (Fabric Folds), whose visibility we temporarily turned off. When you apply a logo, you will immediately see and better understand the effect of the replacement card. In this tutorial, I used a white logo with blending mode Overlap (Overlay).

Step 7

Select layer Fabric Texture (Fabric Texture) and a layer with the logo, and then right-click on the selected layers and in the appeared window select the option Convert to smart object (convert into a smart object). Name layer with smart object Logo on fabric (Fabric Logo).

Step 8

Next, go Filter – Distortion – Offset (Filter> Distort> Displace) and in the window that appears, select your previously saved PSD file ‘fabric-folds-displacement-map.psd’ as the replacement map. Install Scale by horizontals (Horizontal scale) and Scale by vertical (Vertical scale) at 20, Mosaic (Tile), Insert cut off fragments (Wrap Around).

Step 9

Now, turn on layer visibility Fabric folds (Fabric Folds), and then change the blending mode for this layer to Multiplication (Multiply) value Opacity (opacity) layer 80%.

Step 10

Add adjustment layer Gradient map (Gradient Map). Set the following gradient colors: # 132330 (position – location 3%), # 796c50 (position – location 30%) and # 000000 (position – location 100%).

Step 11

Add adjustment layer Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast).

Step 12

Press the keys (SHIFT + CTRL + ALT + E) to create a merged layer of all visible layers. Name the merged layer Colour contrast (High Pass). Next, go Filter – Other – Color Contrast (Filter> Other> High Pass).

Step 13

Change the blending mode for the layer Colour contrast (High Pass) on Overlap (Overlay). If you want to enhance the effect of sharpness, then you can duplicate this layer as many times as you like. You can see the final result in the screenshot below.

Thank you for being with me. Have a good day!

The final result:

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