How to Make Silk in Photoshop

Updated April 17, 2017

The background you choose to use in an ad, sign or for a website can have a major impact on how your document is perceived. For a high-tech website, you might want lots of metal, computer parts or circuitry, while for a restaurant ad you could use images of the dishes served. For a document related to fashion, you could choose a silky, rippled background that gives the appearance of a rumpled piece of cloth. If you have access to Photoshop, creating this effect is quite simple.

Start Photoshop. Select "File" from the menu at the top and choose "New." In the dialogue that appears, enter the width and height you want for your document, as well as the resolution. Click "OK."

Change the "Foreground" colour at the bottom of the toolbar to one you want for your silk texture. Then change the "Background" colour to a lighter shade of this same colour.

Select the "Gradient" tool from the toolbar. From the presets choose "Copper." Then click on the gradient preview.

Go to the bottom of the dialogue that opens and click to add six more colour tabs. Click on each of these in turn and click on the drop-down menu to choose the "Foreground" or "Background colour.

Drag the gradient tool across the canvas. Select "Filter" from the menu and choose "Liquify." In the dialogue that opens, use the "Forward Warp" tool to distort the image so that it looks like cloth. Click "OK" and save your work.

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Daniel Ketchum holds a Bachelor of Arts from East Carolina University where he also attended graduate school. Later, he taught history and humanities. Ketchum is experienced in 2D and 3D graphic programs, including Photoshop, Poser and Hexagon and primarily writes on these topics. He is a contributor to sites like Renderosity and Animotions.