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Using Vintage Papers by NX2 Graphics

Hey there, it’s David I’m the lead designer for NX2 Graphics! Today, I’m excited to share a nifty trick with you on incorporating paper textures into your designs using Adobe Photoshop and Affinity Photo. Adding paper textures (or any textures, really) can give your graphics that extra oomph, adding depth and character, whether you’re working on design pieces or illustrations.

Free Resources

For this tutorial, I’m going to use our Vintage Paper Textures pack, which has a free version you can download here in you want to follow along.

Also, don’t forget to grab these demo posters created by Brenda from Frankentoon Studio as examples for their Abstract Shapes vector pack. While they’re JPG images, they’ll work perfectly for the purpose of this tutorial.

Importing Papers

Importing images in Photoshop is quite simple. Go to the top menu > File and select Place Embedded

Using Photoshop’s Move Tool, place your texture on top of your artwork. If you need to scale it, simply use the shortcut CTRL+T (Windows) or ⌘+T (Mac) to resize the texture to your liking.

The process is quite the same in Affinity Photo or Affinity Designer. Go to the top menu, File > Place.

Now, you just need to go to your Layers Panel and change your texture’s blending mode to Multiply.

This will infuse that instant vintage charm into your artwork. Another fantastic blending mode to explore is Darken. Dive into experimentation with these blending modes and layer opacities to strike the perfect balance between your texture and artwork.

To enhance the cohesion between your artwork and texture with added grit, consider utilizing filters and layer adjustments. Personally, I find a touch of grain enhances the overall effect. Additionally, I often employ the Unsharp Mask filter for added depth.

For non-destructive adjustments and worry-free exploration, opt for Live Filters in Affinity Photo or Smart Filters in Photoshop. These filters can be applied atop your layers, allowing for easy editing or removal at any stage.

Simple, but confusing

I put together this quick tutorial in response to the numerous emails we’ve received from fellow creatives who aren’t sure how to make the most of these textures. Some may have expected more complexity, but in reality, these tools are incredibly simple and user-friendly, which can be confusing for beginners.

I hope you found this tutorial helpful and that you’re excited to incorporate vintage textures into your artworks! If you’re interested in exploring more texture packs to enhance your creations, be sure to check out the ones we recommend here:

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