Tutorial: Create Curtain Texture in Photoshop

Because I am the Photoshop wonder kid, George Ford asked in the comments of my Obama & Carter cartoon how I made the background curtain. Whether you are using Photoshop or simply Photoshop Elements like I do, it is a simple 4 step process. There are more in depth tutorials out there but this works for me and most people who just want to allude to the fact that there is a curtain backdrop.

Create a new layer and fill it with Black. It should look like this…(duh)

Leave Black as your foreground color and choose a background color that you want your curtain to be. I chose blue. Make sure Black is in Front of the color you chose.


Click on FILTER > RENDER > FIBERS. You can play with the settings but I used a Variance of 6 and Strength of 4.


Finally click on FILTER > BLUR > GAUSSIAN BLUR. I set a radius to 5 and tada, you get a curtain.

Photoshop Curtain Tutorial at beartoons.com

I look forward to Hank Addanac taking to the stage in the near future.

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  1. Sheila Deeth says:

    Interesting to see what could be done, and how. Might have to play with Photoshop one day instead of boring old Paint.

  2. George says:

    Man, that’s awesome! There’s so much cool stuff Photoshop can do. I need to take the time to try some of this stuff. You’ll be seeing some curtains from me soon. 🙂 Thanks, Bearman! Now I can give those bricks a rest. 😀

  3. spilledinkguy says:

    Hmmm … is that CS4? I feel like the guy still wearing his cassette playing Walkman around town. 🙂

  4. Mmm nice quick effect.

  5. frigginloon says:

    Hmm, now can you make a matching bedcover?

  6. Bo Lumpkin says:

    Thanks for the tutorial. I for one can stand all the tutoring that all the tutors on here can toot.

  7. Thanks Bearman. I’m a bit of an elements novice but I like it a lot and appreciate any tips I can get.

  8. Donald Mills says:

    Jesus Bearman about Superdupermommy – it was an experiment gone wrong but I’m back to my old self now. I thought that account was dead…

    Probably best we don’t speak of this again.

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