Step 3 – Adding texture to the walls

In this step, we will be adding a texture to the very flat looking wall. We will be putting the texture over the clouds to give it a feel of a dirty wall. Let’s open our 18 Vintage Photoshop Brushes. (Note: After downloading this brush set, extract it to ABR file to “Adobe Photoshop > Presets > Brushes”) We will need to apply the brush on a clean layer so let us create a new layer. Press Ctrl+N or click on the “Menu bar’s Layer > New > Layer.” You may also create a new layer by pressing the paper button located on our Layer Window. Be sure to rename our new layer as “Wall texture: middle” Changing the layer’s name is easy, just click on the words Layer 1, double click on it and there you have a new name for it. Press (B) to activate your brush tool and right click anywhere in the image and click on the button that resembles the play button on audio players then left click on Replace Brushes. Replace your current brush set with our “18 Vintage Photoshop Brushes” which should appear as “vintage-paper-brush” in your Photoshop Brushes folder. Don’t worry you may revert back to your original brush set by loading your choice of brushes or if you’d like to use the original Photoshop brushes just click on the play button again and click onReset Brushes. Now you see the brushes have been replaced. We would be using only one of the 18 brushes. The other brushes are nice but the one that I picked fits well with our image. With the proper opacity, it would make our wall look really convincing. Click on the brush that has a size of 1650px. See image below:

step3b_vintage_brush_pick

Once you’ve clicked it, the brush would appear on screen ready to be stamped to our canvas. Notice that the brush is on a horizontal position? We would need to flip that to a vertical position. First set your brush Opacity to 100%. Set the Brush color to this value: 494949 on the color picker. See Reference below:

step3c_color_picker

After that, apply the brush anywhere on the image. Next, transform the image by pressing Ctrl+T and click on Rotate 90’ CW. Once it has been rotated let us transform it again to make it fit the wall. Be sure to activate the ruler since we would need it drastically throughout. Transform the image and align its width from the axis 3in to 7in on the top ruler and be sure its height is in the axis 5.3in on the left ruler. Reference is below:

step3d_alignment

After doing that, transform the image and click Flip Horizontal. The wall isn’t convincing yet isn’t it? Let’s lower the layer’s opacity. Go to the Layer Window and change the Opacity to 25%. To create the texture for the wall on the left just duplicate “Wall texture: middle” press Ctrl+T and click Flip Horizontal and then rename it to: “Wall Texture: Left” We would need to distort that to fit the wall, so let’s transform the image and use the Distort Tool. Distort the texture like we did with our sky image earlier to fit the wall and make sure to align it to axis 10in on the ruler on the left. Set its opacity to 50%. See reference below:

step3e_wall_texture_left

For the wall on the right just duplicate “Wall Texture: Left” rename it to “Wall Texture: Right” and drag it using our Move Tool (V) to the right. It should now look like this: step3f_wall_texture_right You may want to group all the Wall textures to lessen the confusion on later steps. To create a group, “go to Layer > New > Group” and name it “wall textures.” Let’s darken some parts of the wall to enhance its contrast and appearance. Activate your Burn tool by pressing (O) and clicking on that tool to bring out the menu shown on the image below for instructions:

step3h_burn

Set the Burn tool values to the following:
  • Brush size: 900px
  • Range: Midtones
  • Exposure: 35%
The reference below shows the region to be burned or darkened.

step3i_burn_locations