How to Add Texture to your Designs in Photoshop
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Learning to illustrate is possibly one of the best ways you can improve your work and career as a motion designer. It’s an incredibly valuable skill, but also one that strikes fear into the hearts of digital artists everywhere. We get it… drawing is hard! It’s also very learnable, and in this video, you’ll get to dip your toe into the world of illustration by seeing how a high-caliber artist approaches texturing inside of Photoshop.
In this tutorial, Sarah Beth Morgan who teaches Illustration for Motion will show you a texturing technique that she uses all the time on client work and personal projects. It doesn’t require any third-party tools, just plain ol’ Photoshop. By the end of this lesson, you’ll feel a heck of a lot more comfortable adding texture to your designs.
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Sarah Beth Morgan (00:00): Hey, I’m Sarah Beth Morgan. And in this short video, I’m going to teach you a few ways. You can add texture to your artwork in Photoshop. I use these tricks all of the time on client work, and now you can take The texture is just one technique that can adept inform to your artwork. If you’re looking for a chance to really level up as an illustrator, check out illustration for motion, where you’ll learn the principles and techniques of illustration from the ground up through the lens of someone working in motion design. Also, you can download the project files I’m using in this video to follow along or practice with. After you’re done, watching details are in the description.
Sarah Beth Morgan (00:44): Texture is just one of the many ways that you can add a lot of visual interest and extra depth in layers to your illustrations and designs. I especially love it just because it makes my illustrations a little bit more unique. And when you bring it into motion, it adds like a little layer of secondary movement that the animator can play with. Texture can really take a flat image and help give it form and more visual interest. It can add variety to color and help separate elements more clearly. I’m just going to walk through a couple of things I really love. Um, and there’s lots of different ways that you can use texture in your work. As we can see through these examples, especially this first one, you can really take something that was created in illustrator, like a vector piece of art, and really give it a lot more life by adding textures afterwards in Photoshop.
Sarah Beth Morgan (01:29): So this piece by Giacomo bag Nara, forgive me if I’m pronouncing his name wrong, but I really love that he added a little bit of grading texture to the apple, which makes it feel a little bit more realistic. We’ve got some almost like paper, like splatter textures on the rest of the items, but you can see that really differs from this piece by Karolis Strautniekas. I’m not even, I’m not sure if I’m pronouncing that right either, but I just love how it’s monochrome, but because there’s a lot of texture, it really still adds a lot of feeling of variation and contrast. You can also actually create your textures by hand and scan them in. Like, I’m pretty sure Maggie Chang made this all by hand with watercolor and then probably perfected it and Photoshop. And we can just use it always. It really brings a lot of extra life to motion.
Sarah Beth Morgan (02:18): Like in this piece, by Ariel Costa or boot my brain, he really brings to life these more graphic shapes by adding noise textures and handmade gradient textures, or you can use texture selectively like Gunnar did here, where the character is just flat. And then the background has lot more depth and personality to it, which kind of makes the character stand out and makes you look at them more carefully. Or you could literally create textures by hand on paper like they did here. I’m not even sure if it was on paper, but they use a lot of like realistic type textures, Kranz and animated frame by frame using different pastels and everything in that really adds a lot more tactile and organic quality to the word possibilities are endless.