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In today’s quick tip tutorial we will demonstrate how to create a leather texture from scratch using Photoshop filters.
Create a new file with a white background. Set the foreground and background color to black and white by pressing D. Click Filter > Texture > Stained Glass.
Create new layer and fill it with white. Change its opacity to 50%. Repeat previous filter by pressing Cmd + F. If you want tweak the setting use Cmd + Alt + F.
Press Cmd + E to merge both layers. Click Filter > Noise > Add Noise.
Press Cmd + A then Cmd + C to copy all to clipboard. Open Channels panel and create new channel. Then Paste (Cmd + V).
Click RGB channel to return to Background layer. Click Edit > Fill, choose Use: Color and pick your color. You can use any color you want, just make sure it's dark enough for the next filter.
Click Filter > Render > Light Effects. In Texture Channel choose Alpha 1.
The default light is too dark. You need to add more light sources by dragging the lamp icon to the preview box. Set its type to Omni.
Click OK and the result should look something like below.
Change the background and foreground color to white and black by pressing D then X. Activate the Gradient Tool, choose radial with white to transparent. Create a new layer and draw a gradient.
Change opacity to 4%. This will add subtle lighting to the leather.
The Lighting Effects filter will add a small border to the image (just a few pixels). To remove it, click Image > Canvas Size and reduce the size of the image.
Step 12 (Optional)
You can change the color by adding an adjustment layer Hue/Saturation. Check colorize and move sliders until you satisfied with the result.
That's it. I hope you like the final result and have learned some new techniques from this short quick tip tutorial.