NoRights Podcast: S2E38 – Textures Part 2: Tips, Tricks, and Best Practices

  • On October 7, 2013 ·
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After last weeks hefty introduction to textures, Ian shares with us some tips, trips, and best practices for using and making them.

Ian’s Advice

Procedural Textures

  • Procedural Generator Software includes – Allegorithmic Substance Designer, MaPZone, Genetic Texture Generator
  • Also many 3D softwares can generate and use procedural textures for 3D models within the application, without needing to generate a separate file for the texture.
  • Creating procedural textures vary from program to program.
  • Combining several procedurals and changing their transformations can add to the realism of the texture.
  • Also mixing procedurals with photographic textures can add more realism. Example – using a checkerboard pattern to mix between two different marble patterns to make a marble checkerboard texture.

Hand-painted Textures

  • Hand-painted textures can be time-consuming and require a lot of skill.
  • You can use different blend modes, layer properties, and filters in Photoshop or other drawing programs to add to the realism of the painted texture.

Photographic Textures

  • Face your subject head on.
  • Don’t zoom in too close, try to get more of the pattern in the photo.
  • Have the subject framed well..
  • Try to avoid textures with shadows, reflections, or lens flares
  • Use a manual white balance.
  • Only photograph with enough light.
  • Have a faster shutter speed, and have your subject in focus.

 Further reading

Texture Mapping Wiki

UV Mapping Wiki

Dimensions and Projections

Map Projection

Orthographic Projection

3D Projection

A Common Mistake in the ‘Flatland’ Analogy

2D Projection Texture Mapping



1D Space

2D Space

3D Space

4D Space

Procedural Textures

List of Procedural Texture Generators

Procedural Generation

Texture Synthesis

Generative Art

Texture Painting

Top 10 Tips of Texturing

Texturing Tutorials

2D Texture Mapping

Creating 2D and 3D Textures

Making Some Textures

Texture Pack Creation Playlist

Create a Brushed Metal Texture in Photoshop

Adding Knots to a Wooden Texture in Photoshop

Texture Painting Wooden Planks

Specular Map Creation Tutorial

Texture Playlist


Texture Photography

How to Photograph Textures

Shooting Textures

12 Tips for Shooting Great Textures and a Free Texture Pack

Photographing Textures

How to Photograph Your Own Textures

Textures Ep 113: Take & Make Great Photography with Gavin Hoey: Adorama Photography TV

Photographing Forms and Textures

Tiling Textures

How to Turn a Texture into a Seamlessly Tiled Background

Creating Seamless Textures in Photoshop Tutorial

Photoshop Offset Filter Making Seamless Textures

Easily Create Seamless Photo Textures

Tiling Patterns

Photoshop Tutorial


Seamless Textures

Creating Seamless Textures from Photos in Photoshop

Seamless Textures in Photoshop

Seamless Textures with Photoshop

Photoshop Seamless Texture Tutorial

Photoshop – Seamless Texture

How to Create a Seamless Pattern in Photoshop

How to Make a Painting into a Repeating Pattern in Photoshop

Create a Seamless Pattern in Photoshop

How to Make a Seamless and Tile-able Wallpaper

Photoshop Tutorial: 10-Minute Pattern Creation

Photoshop Tutorial: Create Pattern Wallpapers

How to Make a Repeat Pattern Swatch in Adobe Illustrator