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Sand Texture Photoshop Tutorial

Tutorials Textures and Patterns 19970 Views February 20th, 2011

I was really inspired by the previous article Texture Photoshop Tutorials so I have decided to create my own sand textures. Nothing complicated, in just a few simple steps you will obtain a very nice texture made from scratch. Today I will show you one way to create sand dunes in Photoshop.

So let's start!


Step 1 Sand Texture Base

Open a new document, 500x500 px. With The Pen Tool draw a simple shape to look like a sand dune  surface. Pick the color #b0a57f. Call this layer Sand Base.

Step 2 Create the Bump Map using Gradient Tool

Make a new layer, called Bump Map. Fill this layer with white color. Pick the Gradient Tool with the settings: Black/white gradient, Radial gradient and Mode Difference.

Use the Gradient Tool several time to create random effects. There is no rule, play with different sizes and positions.

Go to Filter, Stylize, Emboss and make the following settings to obtain:

Bump Map


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7 comment(s) for "Sand Texture Photoshop Tutorial"

7:00 AM Wednesday, February 23, 2011
That????????s a fantastic tutorial! Perhaps you would be interested in this great Photoshop Training Tutorial on How to Create a Lightsaber! reply
7:00 AM Wednesday, February 23, 2011
thank you Nathan! It sounds good, we intend to add a "write tutorial" section for people that want to help and write tuts :) reply
7:00 AM Friday, February 25, 2011
I am glad you like it Deborah ... I will publish another tut on how to create sand texture and it is better than this one!!! reply
night designer
night designer
7:00 AM Sunday, March 27, 2011
Thanks so much for posting this up. reply
9:37 AM Monday, April 01, 2013
Here is a nice Photoshop manipulation made using this sand texture tutorial ( made by Geja reply
5:58 PM Thursday, October 02, 2014
Fantastic! I was just talking to a friend about doing Sand Photos and then I found this cool tutorial reply
1:30 AM Tuesday, December 23, 2014
That????????s a fantastic tuto.Thanks. reply

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