Textures can form a principal element in your designs. They add details to images, giving a great deal of depth to a composition. Textures could come in the forms of high resolution images such as detailed surfaces of rocks, fabric, wood etc or can just be regular pictures. We have produced 7 exclusive free metal textures for you to download along with a step by step tutorial showing how they were made.
In this short tutorial, we’ll go into the basics of creating one of the metal textures. Starting off with a new document with a size of 500 x 500 pixels, create a new layer. Then go to Filter >Render > Clouds to add a Clouds effect to this layer. Press Ctrl+F twice to apply this effect twice.
Head on over to Filter > Texture and select the Texture type as Sandstone and make the following adjustments below:
Adjust the tone of the image a bit to reduce its brightness by pressing Ctrl+M for the Curves Dialog box.
With the Ellipse Tool (U) selected, draw a circle while holding the Shift for a perfect circle and then fill with black.
Add another layer and select the Elliptical Marquee Tool (M). Draw a circle slightly larger than the previous one and with the Gradient Tool (G), create a gradient transiting from grey to white. Merge the ‘gradient’ layer with the black circle layer by pressing Ctrl+E.
Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and set the Blur Radius to about 1.8 pixels.
Duplicate the circles six more times by pressing Ctrl+J. Hitting Ctrl+R, the Ruler Bar pops up; Guides can be dragged from both the vertical and horizontal sides of the document window.
Select the Crop Tool (C ) and drag it right about the guides. The selection snaps automatically in place but only if you’ve enabled ’Snap to Guides’ from View > Snap.
At this point, go to Image > Crop to create a tile.
Select the background layer and then go to Edit > Define Pattern. Name the pattern in the box that comes up.
In a new document, you can either go to Layers > New Adjustment Layers > Pattern. Or apply your new pattern as a Layer Style to an object. Whatever use you have for your patterns, they can be scaled to your liken.
Applying Adjustment Layers among all other techniques and effects further enhances the look of your patterned textures.
Metal themed textures: Meshes and Grids
This one isnt metal as such, but what the heck! I had fun making it anyway.
Compared to the first steel texture above, this one’s seemless as it does not have those tiling hat make up the entire image visilible. This was possible using the Offset Filter after making the pattern. Seemless textures are perfect for 3D for they give smooth appearance textures all round.
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