So, have you played with the textures feature in MTC? If you haven’t, you really should give it a go. It’s lots of fun. You can buy some ready made tiles at Lettering Delights and they have some really neat ones… but you know me, I thought, “I could make these myself.” I have millions of patterns in Photoshop, so I opened that puppy up and got to work.
My document size in Photoshop is about 3.5 x 3.5 inches at 300 dpi.
I downloaded some free patterns off the web, specifically, http://www.brusheezy.com/Patterns. The deviant art website is another great place to get them. I loaded them into Photoshop and all I have to do to change my texture is change the pattern. I did find I need to scale it to make sure the pattern is seamless, meaning it will repeat and not look like a bunch of small squares stuck together.
Sorry, bad humor on a Sunday.
This one is a linen texture. You can scale it down and it will look like your paper is made out of linen. I really like to put textures like these on the backgrounds when I design wedding albums. I scale them down and lighten them so they are very subtle, but give the page a nice effect.
Now isn’t he truly a funky chicken? I don’t really think I would print this like this, but if I wanted to, I could. I just selected each part (and a cool thing is you can shift-click to select more than one, like the chicken legs and the beak so you can make all the parts the same) and then right clicked the mouse (it’s actually a control click for me because I use a pen so I don’t have a mouse) and then select “change texture.” The cool thing is you can change the colors to get what you want, so it doesn’t matter what color you make your texture patterns. Neat, eh? My poor chicken is blind since he has no eyes. That’s what happens when you forget to trace them.
I know I’m totally late on this bandwagon, but now that I’m on it, I’m pretty stoked about it. As I make them, I’ll stick them in the box thingie on the right side of the screen called “flash_widget” (you may have to scroll down a bit) so you can use them too.
A bonus for me is for some reason, I have a hard time importing the textures with .png images during the pixel trace so now I can import them without the texture and then just put in my own. Then I won’t have problems with it bogging down the system anymore.