It is actually very quick and easy to create realistic rock and stone textures in Photoshop Elements. This tutorial is going to show you how to use this effective technique in just a few easy steps, simply by using some cloud renders and the lighting effects filter.
This is the stone texture that you will be creating:
1. Open a new file of 1000 x 1000px with a transparent background (the technique will work with any size but the larger images tend to look better).
2. Set the foreground and background colors to the default black and white (press D to set these colors automatically). Go to Filter > Render > Clouds.
3. Create a new layer (Layer > New Layer). Leave the foreground color as black but set the background to a dark brown (#704510). Use the clouds filter on the new layer (Filter > Render > Clouds) and set the Blend Mode of this layer to Color.
4. Create another new layer (this is your third layer) and then press D to obtain the default black and white foreground colors again. Then render some more clouds (Filter > Render > Clouds) and change the Blend Mode of this third layer to Multiply.
5. Merge your 3 layers together (press Ctrl + click on each layer in turn so all 3 are highlighted. Then go to Layer > Merge Layers).
Go to Filter > Render > Lighting Effects and use the settings as below:
The image is immediately transformed into a nicely textured stone:
6. Just one more step to go just to darken it slightly and give a more realistic effect. Duplicate the layer (Layer > Duplicate Layer) and change the Blend Mode of the duplicated layer to Soft Light. Lower the opacity of this layer to 50%.
And that’s it!
hope you enjoyed this tutorial. You can achieve a huge variety of textures and effects using this technique so try experimenting with different colors, blend modes and lighting effects.