Quick Tip: How to Create a Denim Pattern in Adobe Photoshop

Realistic textures and patterns are easy to make in Photoshop. They’re perfect for text effects and help make shape layers stand out.

Quick Tip: How to Create a Denim Pattern in Adobe Photoshop

Want that denim look yourself? Learn how to make a denim pattern in this quick tip!

Quick Tip: How to Create a Denim Pattern in Adobe Photoshop

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1. How to Create a Denim Pattern in Photoshop

Step 1

Create a New Document at 850 x 850 pixels.

Here are all the colors I’ll be using for this effect:

  • Light Blue: 6279a4
  • Dark Blue: 42516e
  • Red: ff430e

Step 2

Set the Foreground Color to light blue and the Background Color a few shades darker.

Quick Tip: How to Create a Denim Pattern in Adobe Photoshop

Then create a New Layer and Fill it with that darker blue using the Paint Bucket Tool (G).

Quick Tip: How to Create a Denim Pattern in Adobe Photoshop

Step 3

Now go to Filter > Sketch > Halftone Pattern and set the Size to 3 and the Contrast to 5.

Quick Tip: How to Create a Denim Pattern in Adobe Photoshop

Step 4

Keep the filter window open and add a New Effect Layer. Then go to Artistic > Smudge Stick, and plug in these numbers:

  • Stroke Length: 2
  • Highlight Area: 2
  • Intensity: 10

Adding new effect layers like this can help you mix and match filters fast. Hit OK when you’re finished.

Quick Tip: How to Create a Denim Pattern in Adobe Photoshop

Step 5

Again, add a New Effect Layer. Then go to Distort > Water Paper, and plug in these numbers:

  • Fiber Length: 8
  • Brightness: 55
  • Contrast: 81

Quick Tip: How to Create a Denim Pattern in Adobe Photoshop

Step 6

Create a New Layer and repeat the same steps as before, this time setting the Foreground Color to dark blue and the Background Color to white.

Fill the layer with the dark blue using the Paint Bucket Tool (G).

Then go to Filter > Sketch > Halftone Pattern and set the Size to 3 and the Contrast to 5.

Quick Tip: How to Create a Denim Pattern in Adobe Photoshop

Step 7

Keep the filter window open and add a New Effect Layer. Then go to Artistic > Sponge, and plug in these numbers:

  • Brush Size: 7
  • Definition: 11
  • Smoothness: 1

Quick Tip: How to Create a Denim Pattern in Adobe Photoshop

Set the second layer with the new fiber texture to Multiply. Lower the Opacity to 75%.

Quick Tip: How to Create a Denim Pattern in Adobe Photoshop

Step 8

Create a third New Layer, and follow the same steps as before, this time setting the Foreground Color to dark blue and the Background Color to bright red.

Quick Tip: How to Create a Denim Pattern in Adobe Photoshop

Just like our previous steps, we’ll need to apply the Halftone Pattern filter first, followed by the Smudge Stick filter.

Quick Tip: How to Create a Denim Pattern in Adobe Photoshop

Step 9

Keep the filter window open and add a New Effect Layer. Then go to Artistic > Smudge Stick, and plug in these numbers:

  • Stroke Length: 2
  • Highlight Area: 3
  • Intensity: 10

Quick Tip: How to Create a Denim Pattern in Adobe Photoshop

Set this third layer to Divide, and lower the Opacity to 40%. Study jean reference images to understand the general makeup of its thread and fabric.

Quick Tip: How to Create a Denim Pattern in Adobe Photoshop

Step 10

Create a New Adjustment Layer of Color Balance to correct the color scheme. Add the following values for the Shadows, Midtones, and Highlights.

Quick Tip: How to Create a Denim Pattern in Adobe Photoshop

Merge all the layers together. Here’s the first denim pattern texture.

Quick Tip: How to Create a Denim Pattern in Adobe Photoshop

2. How to Make Different Denim Colors

Step 1

For a few more color variations, try these quick steps.

Control-J the selected denim layer to create a Copy.

Quick Tip: How to Create a Denim Pattern in Adobe Photoshop

Cycle through the different Layer Blend Modes to apply this copy to the original denim texture. Each mode will give you a slightly different denim color. Here I set the Blend Mode to Exclusion.

This second layer will help us create a more realistic denim finish.

Then Merge the two layers together.

Quick Tip: How to Create a Denim Pattern in Adobe Photoshop

Continue to try out different Blend Modes so you can save a variety of denim colors.

Quick Tip: How to Create a Denim Pattern in Adobe Photoshop

Step 2

When you’re through, select it with the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M), and then go to Edit > Define Pattern to use it in future projects.

Access your saved patterns at any time with the Preset Manager.

Quick Tip: How to Create a Denim Pattern in Adobe Photoshop

3. How to Apply the Denim Pattern

Using this pattern is just as easy as making it! If you need a quick refresher on how to install Photoshop patterns, check out this video:

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Test out your pattern with a cool shape by selecting the Custom Shape Tool (U). Try out different shapes to see your pattern in effect.

Just select the Pattern option from the dropdown menu and choose your new denim swatch (either of the last two swatches).

Quick Tip: How to Create a Denim Pattern in Adobe Photoshop

Show Us Your Results!

Remember, the best way to absorb this material is to try it out. Practice with different textures to perfect your custom patterns.

Most of the textures we find in our everyday lives can be replicated with design software. Experiment with Photoshop’s advanced filters, color adjustments, and more to improve your skills with time.

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Quick Tip: How to Create a Denim Pattern in Adobe Photoshop