Suede Material Photoshop Request


macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Dec 16, 2005
I really, really want to expand my Photoshop skills and learn how to create a texture such as the one shown below and the one in the link. It would be so helpful if someone could make or find a tutorial on how to do this b/c I'd love to make a wallpaper with this instead of just a boring solid color as the background.

Can anyone help me with this? Thanks so much!




macrumors 6502
Feb 16, 2006
New York, NY
Textures like that generally are not created in Photoshop. 99 times out of 100 when you see textures like that, they're made using real photographs or high-res scans of ripped paper, book covers, things like that.

If you have access to a scanner, try this:

1) Find an old piece of paper, or a hard cover book with a weathered/vintage looking cover.
2) Scan the item it at VERY high resolution (at least 900dpi, if not higher). You should be able to actually SEE the texture of the paper/cover.
3) Open a new Photoshop layout.
4) Create a fill layer in any color you want.
5) Copy your scanned item to a layer on top of that color, and resize it until you're happy with the size/detail of the texture.
6) Change the blending mode of your top layer (the scan) to Multiply or Color Burn. Play with the opacity settings to your liking.

That should give you the idea of what's possible with scanning and blending modes. From there, you can add more layers from other images (popular images are coffee cup stains, paint splatters, etc) and change their blending modes and opacity as well. There's no fool proof way to make this look good, you have to have an "eye" for it, but a little practice and you'll get the hang.

Good luck!


macrumors G3
Mar 9, 2002
I use Painter for stuff like this, Photoshop really is very poor in comparison.


macrumors 6502
Mar 17, 2005
Even if it's not the best methode, you can still use photoshop to get a textured background...

Here I made this in like two minutes, I just used the filtergalerie to get the effect.