I can't even begin to say how many times I've been told, "I love your textures, but I have no idea how to use them!" So, in an effort to alleviate my usual shrugging response and maybe enlighten what textures can be used for and, possibly, even, how to use them, here's a small tutorial. I'm not kidding when I say small. I'm really, really not. A few caveats:
This is not the be-all/end-all texture-utilization tutorial because I don't think there is one proper technique
, and I believe that everybody should come up with their own unique ways to use a texture. This is simply how I use textures
, and even then, this is not in-depth at all
. This contains no pictures of presets or tools or photoshop items of any kind; this is merely to give you examples and ideas. And I should also note that when I say "icons/graphics," I'm not actually covering how to use them on larger things other than icons at the moment because I just don't have the time, but I hope that you'll get the general idea from these small graphics and examples. Using textures "properly," if there is such a thing, merits a boat load of experimentation on your part, of finding the right textures to use, and knowing what color combinations can create, after the texture is applied, a certain look and feel.
And lastly, I hope that this will stop the question-asking. Or at least, if you ask more questions, this will help me write a better guideline in the future. Maybe I will write a guide for using textures in larger graphics eventually, but I'm not quite sure, at this point, how to explain it anyway! So hah. At any rate, now, if you
or someone you know is asked the question, you can say, hey! hermintage
answered that! It's over here! What this covers:
This exquisitely small and somewhat pretentious
tutorial will cover the following:
What you need:
- Light textures.
- Collage textures.
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- A few good textures.
- Photoshop CS or something similar.
- Knowledge of blending layers.
- A brain. Actually, maybe even half of yours will do nicely.
This is it for now, folks. If you see graphics which use textures that you'd really like explained in a future tutorial, please let me know and I might just get around to it. Eventually I'll put this into an HTML file & offer it up at the DA account, but until then you can enjoy it here. This has been cross-posted to icon_tutorial
, so apologies if you've seen it too much.