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Sick of using a single color or gradient as the background for your designs? In this guide, I will go through the steps to make interestingly beautiful textured backgrounds for your projects.

How to Make Beautiful Textured Background in Photoshop How to Make Beautiful Textured Background in Photoshop

Step 1: Create New Document

To create a new document, go to File and select New. You can also create a new document by using the keyboard’s shortcut Ctrl + N on Windows and Command + N on Mac.
How to Make Beautiful Textured Background in Photoshop

Rename the file with your preferred name and set the document size accordingly in the pop-up dialog box. Click OK.
How to Make Beautiful Textured Background in Photoshop

Step 2: Create and Rename Layer

Next create a new layer by clicking on the Create New Layer button located at the bottom right side of the Layer Panel. You can also create a new layer by using the keyboard shortcut Shift + Ctrl + N on Windows and Shift + Command + N on Mac.

After which rename that newly created layer ‘textured background’.
How to Make Beautiful Textured Background in Photoshop

Step 3: Import Textured Image into Document Canvas

Now import the textured image into Photoshop by Going to File, and select Place.
How to Make Beautiful Textured Background in Photoshop

After which a pop-up dialog box will appear. Locate the textured image in your computer and click Place.
How to Make Beautiful Textured Background in Photoshop

Step 4: Duplicate and Fill Document Canvas with Texture Image

Move the textured background to the top left hand corner of your document canvas and duplicate this layer with the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + J on Windows and Command + J on Mac.
How to Make Beautiful Textured Background in Photoshop

Shift the copied layer till it looks like the image below.
How to Make Beautiful Textured Background in Photoshop

Repeat the process of copying and shifting the layers till the whole canvas is covered with the textured image.
How to Make Beautiful Textured Background in Photoshop

Step 5: Merge Layers

With that, select the various copies of the textured background in the Layer Panel with the Shift key for both Mac and Windows. With the layers selected, right click on any one of the layer and Select Merge Layers. This will help to tidy up your Layer Panel.
How to Make Beautiful Textured Background in Photoshop

Step 6: Create Colored Background

Next, let’s create a layer to include some color into the design. Firstly, click on the icon highlighted in the image below to hide the layer.
How to Make Beautiful Textured Background in Photoshop

Then let’s create a new layer with the Create a New Layer button highlighted in the image below.
How to Make Beautiful Textured Background in Photoshop

Rename the layer to ‘color’.
How to Make Beautiful Textured Background in Photoshop

Click and drag the layer so that the ‘color’ layer is behind the ‘textured background’ layer.
How to Make Beautiful Textured Background in Photoshop

After which is to select a color of your choice.
How to Make Beautiful Textured Background in Photoshop

Now select the Paint Bucket Tool from the Tools Palette, or select it with the letter G on your keyboard.
How to Make Beautiful Textured Background in Photoshop

Click on the canvas to fill the ‘color’ layer with the selected color.
How to Make Beautiful Textured Background in Photoshop

After which you can toggle the Eye on the Layer Palette to unhide the ‘textured background layer’.
How to Make Beautiful Textured Background in Photoshop

And this is what you will see on your canvas.
How to Make Beautiful Textured Background in Photoshop

This image itself is beautiful enough to be used as the background for your web banners, posters, and so on. However, if you find that the textured pattern is too harsh, you can apply step 7 to your creation.

Step 7: Adjusting Color Blending Mode

Under the Layer Palette, there is a dropdown button with the word Normal on it. Click on this button to display the dropdown list.
How to Make Beautiful Textured Background in Photoshop

There are various options listed here, and you can try them all out. For this guide, I will be using Soft Light.
How to Make Beautiful Textured Background in Photoshop

And after you apply the Color Blending Mode to ‘textured background’, this is what you will get.
How to Make Beautiful Textured Background in Photoshop

I hope you find this simple tutorial useful.

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