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How to Add Texture to your Designs in Photoshop

By Sarah Beth Morgan

Learn how to combine masks, built-in brushes and imagery to add texture and form to your designs in Photoshop.

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.
Grab your stylus, we're going in.

How to Add Texture to Your Designs in Photoshop

​​Download the Project Files & Assets

Why not practice what Sarah Beth preaches? Download the artwork and project files used in this video for free, then practice adding texture and form on your own. There is no better way to solidify a new skill than to actually use it. Yeah, that's obvious... but someone's gotta say it.

Download Sarah Beth's Photoshop file for free here!

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​​What are you going to learn in this tutorial?

In this lesson, you'll learn about the various uses of texture in designs and illustrations. You'll also find out exactly where Sarah Beth gets her texture brushes from and how she uses them in Photoshop to add visual interest and form to her work.

How is Texture Used?

Sure, you can slap a texture over your whole design in Multiply mode, but is that all there is to it? Uhm... no. You'll learn how to really control your texturing in Photoshop.

Where do you get good texture assets?

Sarah shows you exactly where you gets the textures she uses 90% of the time. Spoiler alert: They come for free with Photoshop.

How do you apply textures in Photoshop?

You'll need to be familiar with a few masking techniques to really gain full control of your textures. You'll learn several in this lesson.

How do professional Illustrators work?

There is no substitute for watching a professional do her thing. By observing Sarah Beth as she works, you'll gain a better intuition for how professional illustration works in practice.

Don't Fear Drawing. Learn to Illustrate for Motion.

If you're a motion designer, you should learn some illustration skills. We can't overstate how helpful they can be for your work and your career. If you're ready to take the plunge and want to learn from one of the best artists in the field with the guidance and critique of industry pros, check out Illustration for Motion. This 12-week interactive course has been one of our most popular classes since it launched, and for good reason: It works.
Our team is standing by to answer any questions you have about this course or any other class in our curriculum. Please let us know if we can help you in any way!