Copper Texture Photoshop Tutorial

April 1, 2011 · 7 comments

by Lars

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
Amount 23%
Distribution: Uniform
Monochromatic: selected


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

Press CTRL+T
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
Hardness: 0%
Color: #8f6f43


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.


Please share your feedback and ideas below in a comment.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Jason May 18, 2013 at 12:03 am

Great tutorial. Been trying to figure out this copper thing for a while. Thank you.


Steve September 26, 2011 at 1:37 am

wow great article 😉 I want to see more ones like these in the future. Keep it up Steve


Palace Bed and Breakfast April 12, 2011 at 8:41 pm

Very cool texture. The internet is such a great resource for me to learn about different techniques in Photoshop.


Andy April 12, 2011 at 9:29 pm

Hi thanks for your feedback. I’m glad you like it!


Greg April 1, 2011 at 9:37 am

Nice tutorial, but it is really bugging me so I have to tell you. It’s not cobber it’s copper! Cobber is an Australian neck scarf. If that is what you were trying to replicate then you have failed!

I think you were in fact trying to mimic the texture of the chemical element copper (Cu). Edit the post quick! 😀


Lars April 1, 2011 at 7:25 pm

Greg you are right… not good style… I have fixed the article, thanks!


Greg April 13, 2011 at 11:16 am

No probs bro!


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