How to Create a Dusty Texture From Scratch

Final product image
What You’ll Be Creating

In this tutorial, we’ll create a dusty overlay texture from scanned paper, and I will show you how to apply this texture to your image.

I created Dusty Textures Pack the same way for my GraphicRiver portfolio.

Dusty Textures Pack

Tutorial Assets

  • A sheet of craft paper or any other paper with a similar structure.
  • A scanner that has the ability to scan A4-sized paper.
  • Any photo on which you want to apply the texture. You can find some free photos on Unsplash and Pixabay or buy high-quality photos on PhotoDune. I chose this photo from Unsplash.

1. How to Scan the Paper

Step 1

Make sure that your paper is not too wrinkled, because this can create blurred areas on your texture.

Cheking the paper

Step 2

Then we need to prepare the scanner glass to avoid stains or unwanted elements on our texture. You can use a wet wipe for glasses to clean the glass.

Cleaning the scanner glass

Step 3

Once you have cleaned the scanner glass, put your paper inside the scanner.

Placing paper inside the scanner

Step 4

Set the following settings in your scanner preferences: A4 paper size, 300 dpi. Then start scanning. The color of our scanned paper can be different from the color of our paper, but it is much more important for us to preserve the structure.

The result of our scanning

2. How to Prepare the Document

Step 1

Use Control-N to create a new document and use the following settings: 3000 x 2000 px; 300 dpi.

Creating a document

Step 2

Go to File > Place and put your paper scan inside the document.

Placing image inside document

Step 3

Resize your image to the borders of the document and click Enter.

Resizing the image to the borders

3. How to Create a Dusty Texture From Scanned Paper

Step 1

Right Click on the paper layer and select Rasterize Layer.

Rasterization of the layer

Step 2

Now we need to invert the image. Select the layer and hit Control-I.

Inverting the image

Step 3

Use the Shift-Control-Alt-B key combination and set the following settings: Reds: 40%; Yellows: 60%; Greens: 40%; Cyans: -25%; Blues: -25; Magentas: 80.

Applying black and white effect to the image

Step 4

After that, use Shift-Control-Alt-L to add Auto Contrast to your layer.

Adding auto contrast to the layer

Step 5

Go to Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast and use the following settings: Brightness: -105; Contrast: 95.

 Color correction of the texture

Step 6

Right Click on the layer and then select Duplicate Layer.

Layer duplication

Step 7

Select the copy of your layer, and then use Control-T and Rotate it 180° while holding Shift.

The rotation of the layer

Step 8

Change the Blending Mode of your layer to Lighten.

Changing the blending mode

Step 9

Select your layers by holding Shift and then Right Click > Merge Layers.

Merging of layers

Step 10

Select your new layer and then go to Image > Adjustments > Exposure and set the following settings: Exposure: 0,00; Offset: +0,005; Gamma Correction: 1,00.

Adding offset effect

Step 11

Now let’s make our texture just a bit more detailed. Make a Duplicate of the layer.

Creation of layers duplicate

Step 12

Select your new layer and then go to Image > Adjustments > Shadows/Highlights and set the following settings: Shadows Amount: 40%; Highlights Amount: 0%.

Adding details to the texture

Step 13

Go to Filter > Other > High Pass and set the following settings: Radius: 15 px.

Adding High Pass Filter

Step 14

Change the Blending Mode of the layer to Overlay and set the Opacity to 30%.

Changing of the blending mode and the opacity

Step 15

Merge Layers to one and Rename it “Dusty Texture”.

Merging and renaming the layer to one

This is how our texture will look after all the manipulations listed above:

Dusty overlay texture

4. How to Add a Dusty Texture to the Photo

Step 1

Go to File > Place and put your photo under the texture layer.

Placing of the photo

Step 2

Now let’s add some vintage color correction to the photo. Make the texture layer Invisible.

Making the texture layer invisible

Step 3

Select your photo layer and go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves to create a new color correction layer.

Adding color correction layer

Step 4

Double click on the curves layer icon and use the following settings:

Changing curves for vintage color correction

Step 5

Make your texture visible and change the Blending Mode to Screen.

Adding texture to the photo

Awesome Work, You’re Now Done!

In this way, we can create a dusty texture from scratch using a scanner, craft paper, and Adobe Photoshop.

The result of the tutorial

I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial, and feel free to contact me for any help with the tutorial. You can also check my Dusty Textures Pack in my portfolio on GraphicRiver.

Dusty Textures Pack

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