This article provides a simple step by step tutorial on how to make copper texture in Photoshop from scratch. It is a really good getting started tutorial and you will learn some quite useful Photoshop tricks.
Step 1. Start a new PSD documet
Open Photoshop and press CTRL + N or goto File>New in the top menu.
Dimensions : 500x400px
Step 2. Create a new layer and apply Gradient Overlay
Fill it with any color. Double click on the new layer and make a gradient with these colors:
Step 3. Get rid of the overlay filter
Create a new layer under existing “gradient layer”.
Keep the gradient layer selected, hold CTRL and hit E button
Should end up looking like this.
Step 4. Add noise effect
In the top menu go to Filter>Noise>Add Noise
Step 5. Add motion blur
In the top menu go Filter>Blur>Motion Blur
Distance: 40 pixels
Once the motion blur has been applied the result should look like this.
Step 6. Use Free Transform to remove edges
Hold SHIFT down and pull on the top left corer and the bottom right corner. Result should look like this
Then press ENTER to accept the transform.
Step 7. Finish the Copper texture by adding some shades
Use the Brush Tool:
Master diameter: 250 px
Simply click once with the mouse in the corners. Be careful as you can easily add too much shade. You can lower the opacity if it is difficult to get it right as it will certainly make it easier not to over do it.
The end result should look like this.
If you use other colors in step two you may get a completely different result e.g. #9699a1 and #dddddf may give you metal brush.
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