How to Make a Brick Pattern in Photoshop

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How to Make a Brick Pattern in Photoshop
Brick walls can provide interesting textures and backgrounds to images (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Adobe Photoshop has a wide range of tools and effects to create realistic illustrations and improve photographic images. A brick wall effect can be used in both illustrations and photos to add an interesting background to a grungy portrait, for example, or as part of a more complex illustration of a building. Photoshop provides tools to create a brick wall pattern in the installed range of filters.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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  1. 1

    Select "File," then "New" and select the "Web" preset to create a black canvas in Photoshop. Click on the top colour swatch at the foot of the main toolbar to open the "Color Picker" tool. Enter "885a39" in the box labelled "#" to the right of the colour square to select a dark brown colour. Click "OK."

  2. 2

    Select "Edit," then "Fill" and select "Foreground Color" in the "Use" drop down box. Click "OK" to fill the canvas with brown.

  3. 3

    Select "Filter," then "Texture" and "Texturizer" to open the "Texture" options window. Confirm that "Texturizer" is selected and choose "Brick" from the "Texture" selection box. Drag the "Scaling" slider to get the appropriate size of brick for your illustration. Drag the "Relief" slider to around "20" to create a textured effect. Confirm that "Light" is set to "Top." Click "OK" to apply the effect.

  4. 4

    Select "Layer," then "New" and "Layer" and name it "mortar." Drag "Layer 1" above the new "mortar" layer in the "Layers" panel. Click the top colour swatch as before and enter "7e7976" in the "#" box. Click "OK." Select the "mortar" layer and click "Edit," then "Fill" and choose the "Foreground Color."

  5. 5

    Select the brick layer in the "Layers" panel and change the blend mode in the top bar of the panel from "Normal" to "Multiply" to allow the mortar colour and texture to show through into the new image. Select "Layer," then "Flatten Image" to complete the brick wall.

Tips and warnings

  • Choose a red colour in step two to create an alternative wall texture.
  • Drag the completed brick wall into another photograph to use as a texture or background.
  • Save the file with a unique and memorable name to avoid overwriting other images.

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