View Full Version : how to create real-looking textures.

Snow Fox
04 April 2005, 03:52 AM
Can anyone give me a tip on how to make textures in photoshop using dirt maps, brushes, pics, and so on..I Couldn't find any clear tutorial and I'm just :banghead: I don't get what I want. I have seen 3d total tutorials but nothing. I make a mess when combining layers. Can anyone help me please..with tutorials instructions techniques WHATEVER....

My idea is to use them later in Max.

Thank you

04 April 2005, 03:51 PM
Im in the same boat as you. I really cant make realistic textures in PS for my models. I can model fine, but then when it comes to making the textures, that's when it makes my model look like crap.

04 April 2005, 02:43 PM
in my experience,look others' texture first,than search stuff as much as you can.
composite in ps,more use layer composite,it's crucial.

04 April 2005, 12:41 AM
It depends on what kind of textures you need.

Do you need some organic textures? Try taking a photo as a basis and working on from there. Don't have a photo? Try some stock photos you can find in many places, like stock.xchng (

And if you need more tutorials, ask Google, there are tons out there.
Here's an example:

04 April 2005, 05:41 AM

04 April 2005, 05:38 PM
The Gnomon Workshop has an excellent texture library with some training on photocollage, they also have a Photoshop DVD that has some of that as well...depends on how serious ya are about learning it... good luck!

Snow Fox
04 April 2005, 12:44 AM
thanks for the replies guys..

i'll try to follow this 3d total tut and see what comes up in the end

04 April 2005, 01:26 AM
Some good stuff here (, under the "Free Instruction" section. You need to register, but it's free.


04 April 2005, 11:17 AM
it's funny how - when you're trying to do realistic images - the textures matter a lot of course, but the lighting and surface properties (bump + shininess) of your objects are just as important

(which is why this question is hard to answer - it's a complex issue)

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