Realistic denim (jean) texture from scratch

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In this photoshop tutorial, I play with some filter and layer style option to create a surreal jean texture from scratch. Now, let start your own jean fashion brand.

Step 1

Choose the background color is #1E497E. Create a new document with the size is 6″x10″ in RBG mode, at 150 dpi.

Step 2

Create a new layer, then press Shift + Backspace (MAC: Shift + Delete) to open the Fill dialog, then you choose “50% Gray” from the Use menu under Contents, then click OK. Press D to reset your Foreground/Background color.


Step 3

Go to the menu Filter -> Sketch -> Halftone Pattern. In the dialog, apply these value Size:1 | Contrast: 0 | Pattern Type: Line. Then press Ok


Go to menu Filter -> Pixelate -> Mezzotint, select Fine Dots for Type then click OK.

Step 4

Duplicate this layer. Then press Ctrl + T to make a active Free Transform mode. You set then angel to 45o in the Option Bar above to rotate the layer 45 degree clockwise. Next, hold Shift key, and grab the corners out to scale up the object until like the result below exactly.


Step 5

Press Ctrl + A (MAC: Command + A), the go to menu Image -> Crop. Press Ctrl + D (MAC: Command + D) to deselect.
Go to menu Filter -> Blur -> Gaussian Blur, then choose 1.0 for the Radius.

Step 6

Change the Blend mode for Layer 1 to Soft Light and Layer 1 copy to Multiply, you will have this result.


Step 7

Now, we will create a side seam for this jean texture. Firstly, create a new layer, then use the Lasso tool to to draw a selection. The tip here is try to make the line natural, like the real fold. Then, fill it with 50% gray (like step 2). Change the Blend mode of this layer (Layer 2) to Hard Light.


Step 8

Right click on the Layer 2, then choose Blending Option to open the Layer Style dialog.
Check the box Drop Shadow, then apply the settings like the image below.


Then, check the box Bevel and Emboss, with following settings:
Depth: 300%
Size: 9px
Soften: 4px;
Angle: -8o
Altitude: 53o
Highlight Mode Opacity (at the bottom): 47%
Then, you press Ctrl + T to scale it larger a little bit.


You will have a pretty cool result.


Step 9

But not yet finished, we need some things to do. Now, let play with Dodge and Burn tools to make it more real.
Choose the Dodge tool, and in the Option Bar above, set the Brush size is 50px, Range to Midtones and Exposure is 15%. Then dab a few areas along the edge of the bevel.
Next, select the Burn tool, set the Brush size is 60px, Range to Shadow and Exposure is 20%, then draw even broader strokes over the same area.


Step 10

In this step, we start adding stitching along the seam.
Create a new document with the size is 1″x1″ at 100 dpi.
Create a newlayer, then select the Rounded Rectangle tool, and draw a small line.
Next, Ctrl + Click on the icon beside the current layer to load its selection. Go to menu Edit -> Define Brush Preset, name that new brush and OK.
You could close this new document without saving it.


Step 11

Back to the denim texture, select the brush tool, then open the Brush pallete, choose our new brush. Click on the Brush Tip Shape, enter 63px for the tip Diameter, and increase the spacing so that there ’s a little space between each shape.
Next, click on “Shape Dynamics”, and apply these values:
Size Jitter: 10%,Control: Off
Angle Jitter: 1%. Control: Direction.


Now, create another new layer, use the brush to draw two yellow lines next to the seam. After that, right click on the layer, choose Blending Options, and check the box Bevel and Emboss and press Ok without changing any settings there.


Step 12

Create another new layer, fill it with 50% gray (like step 2), then change Blending mode to Color Dodge.
Next, we use the Dodge and Burn tools with the same settings in step 9, except the brush size will be bigger, then paint random highlight and shadows over the new layer. Then, your denim texture is realistic than ever.


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  1. Nice texture, only the label is not really realistic atached to the jeans but further it’s really nice :D

  2. adam Says:

    step 10 is poorly written.

  3. Kamran S.Khan Says:

    very very nice tutorial… i realy like it… :)

  4. nlylmz Says:

    congrats! very good tuto! thanks;)

  5. TasHammer Says:

    Your tutes are very helpful to me, thank you . Some are lovely.
    To those who criticize, have you left the urls to your “superior” offerings or are you all mouth and trousers? (in other words a windbag).

  6. Sigrid Says:

    thanks very much =D
    I’ve been looking for simple tuturoails for awhiel and this helped me get a basic idea of what i needed. I didn’t follow it all the way through due mostly to laziness, but i’ll be using it again more closely, for sure.

  7. emrulez Says:

    I cant get the right result could somenone help me with it?

  8. angel Says:

    for some reason, when I try to do this, I can’t get past step two. The “sketch” option in “filters” isn’t usable for me. Any Ideas why that would be? Thanks for the tutorial it looks beautiful, can’t wait to make it (if I can figure out why I can’t do step two lol)

  9. Gil Says:


    it would be helpfull maybe when the texure are avalable as PSD file as download. my english is not so good to understand all. But i need a texure like this. Can you send the file to me?

    Thanks Gil

  10. s0sed Says:

    great texture/. but seam feels like Vietnam denim/. Sorry.
    but it is really great idea!

  11. faze one Says:

    very ace tutorial, i used it on a site of mine thanks a whole bundle : )i am going to digg it ,

  12. redwana Says:

    wow i like it..plz plz plz how i make the zip in the jeans….i need it really ….

  13. Rob Says:

    Very good tut, thank you!! I used it to create a denim butterfly.I think it turned out awesome.

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  15. stonedeft Says:

    hmmm great stuff… if it isn’t too much can you add a nice looking leather tag to compliment the texture?

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  19. kclifton Says:

    Awesome tutorial. TYSM

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  21. zeekat Says:

    simple techniques, impressive results.
    can be used as base for more creations…

    thanks a lot and keep it up.

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  23. Emily Says:

    Hei all,
    Its kind of difficult tutorial, because in step 3 im not allowed to use the filters. why ? maybe someone can help me. I juse PS CS2, maybe its too old for such an tutorial?

    thanks a lot to all who whant help me.

  24. chitra mangtani Says:

    itz simply awesum

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  26. Excellent tutorial, Dang! Great job. Thanks for sharing!
    According to that idea every fabric is possible to simulate:
    linen, jersey, rough cotton wool even satin.

    There are two thing I’d like to mention. Isn’t it easier to create
    the “stitching” brush in vertical at the first place to “sew” along
    the seam? And secondly why haven’t you used the warp
    [edit<transform<warp] to distort the label a little bit [plus a
    teeny-weeny shadow cast]. It looks so stiff in your graphic…as glued in.
    More of this good work, Dang!
    Sun & love

  27. Jennifer Says:

    If you can’t get Step 2 to work (the Filter -> Sketch -> Halftone Pattern), make sure that you’ve started with the color mode set to 8 bit. I tried both 16 and 32, and neither worked. Hope that helps!

  28. Blaze Says:

    This is really cool, i think it will make a big difference in mt designing ty so much

  29. Mike Says:

    Very good!!!

  30. vlada Says:

    very nice tutorial, thank you


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