Tutorial – Leather Texture in Photoshop


Leather Texture Free Photoshop Tutorial

Especially for interior architectural visualizations you need high quality textures for furniture. A stylish designer couch will pimp every interior scene and can be found in nearly every rendering.

To give your rendering the final touch you need a high quality leather texture. This tutorial will show you how to create a realistic leather texture in Photoshop:

Step 1: Image Size

I prefere a size of 2048 px x 2048 px if I create a new texture image, but the image size depends on your needs. Start with Cmd+N to create a new document and enter the size you chose.

Create a new document

Create a new document

Step 2: Stained Glass Filter

Now we select black as foreground colour and white as background color (Cmd+D). Now activate Filter/Stained Glass Filter with following settings:

  • Cell Size: 10
  • Border Thickness: 3
  • Light Intensity: 3
Stained Glass Filter

Stained Glass Filter

Step 3: Adding more structure

Now you have the the main structure of a leather texture. Afterwards I create an additional new layer, fill it with white color, select black as foreground color and choose the cloud filter (Filter/Rendering-Filter/Clouds)

Next set the layer opacity to 20% and merge the layer with Cmd+E. Now it looks nearly like this:

Final layer with prepared structure for the leather effect of the texture

Final layer with prepared structure for the leather effect of the texture

Step 4: Add structure with filter lightning effects

The result will be used in combination with the filter lightning effects. Select the complete area (Cmd+A) and copy it to clipboard (Cmd+C).

Now go to the channel panel and paste it via Cmd+V to a new channel and afterwards click on a the RGB channel and go back to your layer panel. Create a new layer and fill it with a brown color of your choice. Next go to Filter/Rendering Filter/Lighning Effects and select at the buttom Emboss Channel the new created “Alpha 01” channel.

Lightning Effects Filter for creating the leather texture

Lightning Effects Filter for creating the leather texture

It is important to set the light type to Omni. Now drag the edges of the light symbol and play around until the effect looks good. You can also add an additional light source by dragging a light icon into the preview. Click OK and the result should look like this:

Lether effect of the leather texture becomes visible

Lether effect of the leather texture becomes visible

The result looks quite good. If you want to you can add a new layer, fill it with the same brown and set the opacity to nearly 40% to reduce the grain a little bit.

Please note that the created leather texture has a dark border due to the filter Lightning Effects:

Dark border of the leather texture due to the filter Lightning Effects

Dark border of the leather texture due to the filter Lightning Effects

This problem can be solved by making the texture seamlessly tileable. How to create a seamlessly tileable texture is explained in another tutorial. If you need a pattern free texture – just read this special tutorial.

Final rendering example of leather texture

Final rendering example of leather texture

I think this example shows the power of Photoshop if you want to create realistic textures even without any basic photo material. By the way, you can also use the Fibre Rilter the way we used the Clouds filter to add some more additional structure. Just play around and you will find endless interesting methods for your special needs.

Drop me a line with your comments, experiences and hints for this tutorial. Thank you!

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4 Comments on "Tutorial – Leather Texture in Photoshop"

  1. Stephen Cree says:

    Great tutorial. Good work! Thanks very much…

  2. Sage says:

    You say “Filter/Rendering Filter/Lighning Effects” but I don’t have a Rendering Filter option in Filter menu…. Can you be more specific?

    • admintony says:

      Hi Sage,
      thank you for your comment. Please check out if find it at “Filter/Rendering/Lightning Effects”. Can you find it? Please let me know. thank you

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