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30+ smashing tutorials for creating Texture and Background Effects in Photoshop

We all know that attractive backgrounds are very much needed for any graphics, banners or ads these days. An interesting artwork can make the abstract art , vector or texture pattern more appealing . Getting the correct theme, whether it’s an abstract art, vector, or texture pattern, somehow makes the entire artwork looks more interesting.

Hope most of you know the importance of a good background image . For Instance , some product graphics advertisements uses subtle background or texture to help create focus point. Even your Desktop also needs a good attractive background as well. And also for most of the web designers creating backgrounds is a tedious job , since for that you need to know photoshop or Adobe illustrator and other image editing software. Even though if you are good at CSS programming skills without a background image you can’t create a much appealing site.

So here I present some of the most famous and interesting abstracts and background tutorials for Adobe Photoshop users.It’s probably not about getting the exact effect they’ve got, but to pickup the technique and see how you can advance from there.

Calculations And Colorization :

Learn how to create an Alpha Channel using the Calculations dialog and we’ll use it to get a really great abstract photo effect.

Create a magical rainbow color flame in Photoshop

Repeating Seamless Background

A trick often employed on webpages is to use a seamless background that can tile both vertically and horizontally. If your website gets alot of traffic and you don’t like paying for extra bandwidth costs you need to optimize your site for every single kilobyte. This generally translates to NOT using a giant JPG as a background.

Abstract Summer Illustration :

Learn to create an illustration picturing the summer.

Texture of black bubbles effects :

Create cool texture of Black Bubbles in photoshop

Digital Star Effect

An easy tutorial to generate Digital Star Effect in Photoshop .

Mac-type background

This tutorial is about making a “mac” style background. You can use these in all sorts of situations, including the obvious –your desktop– as well as part of your designs or for corporate work

Cool abstract background

Being able to create effects from elsewhere is a great way to learn Adobe Photoshop. Here I will take you through the steps used to create abstract background from bubbles and waves.

Chroma Wallpapers

This tutorial explains how to create a energetic, vibrant, colorful wallpaper, like the ones available at Color Charge.

photoshop tutorial abstract light rays

An easy tutorial to create abstract light rays in photoshop.

Photoshop Retro Grid Background

Create Retro Grid Background easily in photoshop with this tutorial

vintage grunge textures

Brown Paper Textures

5 Fantastically Free High Res Brown Paper Textures created by Blog Spoon Graphics

Christy Sobolewski Textures

color grunge textures

hardcore vintage grunge

Old Grunge Photo Texture Pack

17 More Old Book Cover Textures

Vintage Texture Pack

Wood textures : Textures – Wood

Local Texture: Three by One

Feel free to use this for anything you want. It took five seconds to take the photo, but I’d still like to see the finished product of anything this is used in. Click download for larger.

Cardboard Textures and Objects

Add Visual Texture in 3 Easy Steps

Create an Awesome Background Using Patterns

Create a Realistic Torn Paper Effect in Photoshop

How To Make An Awesome Grungy Paper Texture From Scratch

53 Impressive Polka Dot Pattern Swatches


Brusheezy Patterns


Abstract Lines Background

hope you guys will like this one. If you have came across any other tutorial to create texture or background effect then please let me know. I will add them to this list as well.

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Bindu loves to write on web design, typography and freebie design inspirations. She has a huge collection of wallpapers, fonts, vectors and PSD of web templates which she likes to share with us in smashingtips.

One Response to “30+ smashing tutorials for creating Texture and Background Effects in Photoshop”

  1. Very nice effects. I have bookmarked some of them for future. Really great collection. Thanks for sharing.