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Realistic Rock in Photoshop Tutorial

How to create rock textures in Photoshop. It’s surprising how you can create stunning photorealistic rock and stone texture so easily.

Realistic Rock in Photoshop Tutorial

Step 1

Create a new RGB Image of you desired size.

In the channels panel click on new Channel. It will become alpha 1.

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Step 2

Press “D” To reset the foreground and background colors. Filter>Render>Clouds

Step 3

This is what you will see in alpha 1.

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Still in the Channels panel, click on the RGB thumbnail.

Step 4

Switch to the layers panel

I have found that filling with 50% gray helps produce a more even rock texture.

Press Shift+Delete (Shift+Backspace on Mac) for the fill dialog. Choose 50% gray for contents. (For a more metallic effect, leave white instead of changing to gray)

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Step 5

Filter>Render>Lighting effects.

You will need to experiment with some settings, but here are the essentials

Set light to Infinite

Select Alpha 1 from texture

Choose something for the color, in this case an orange.

Change the height to get more or less texture.

Grab the on-screen widget and drag around for different angles and intensity.

Click ok

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Step 6

Instant rock.

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Step 7

For some variation: Add a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer

Reduce the saturation for an interesting look

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Or turn on the colorize option and try something more colorful

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As always, please leave a comment and let me know your thoughts. Also. let me know what kinds of tutorials you would like to see in the future.

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Colin Smith is founder of the #1 PhotoshopCAFE online community which has received over 30 million visitors. Colin has Authored/Coauthored 18 books. He has won numerous awards including 3 Guru awards. He’s been nominated for the Photoshop Hall of Fame twice. Colin is a regular columnist for Photoshop User Magazine. He’s been featured in almost every major imaging magazine, and is in high demand as a speaker at major industry events including Flash Forward and WPPI . He consults such companies as ABC Disney, Apple and Adobe

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Colin Smith is founder of the #1 PhotoshopCAFE online community which has received over 30 million visitors. Colin has Authored/Coauthored 18 books. He has won numerous awards including 3 Guru awards. He’s been nominated for the Photoshop Hall of Fame twice. Colin is a regular columnist for Photoshop User Magazine. He’s been featured in almost every major imaging magazine, and is in high demand as a speaker at major industry events including Flash Forward and WPPI . He consults such companies as ABC Disney, Apple and Adobe

  • Dragons Keeper

    Looks like a cool tutorial but I’m not getting past step 4. I’m using Windows 8 and CS6 and things aren’t the same as in this tut.

  • suruha

    Lighting Effects is grayed out on Step 5. I use CS6 on Windows 7. I did the Channels part, then, the fill layer. When I go to Filter>Render>Lighting Effects, it is not possible to click on it. Help, please? Thank you!
    Su