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Texturizer filter and displacement maps in Photoshop

texturizer filter and displacement maps and photoshop

Tutorial on how to use displacement map PSD files as a source for the textures / texturizer filter in Photoshop CC CS6 CS5 CS4 etc. The texturizer filter is a powerful filter included in the Photoshop filter gallery and can be used to create amazing texture effects with any image or text etc. The tool uses displacement maps such as the ones available on this site. The texturizer filter uses the PSD files in many ways. The Photoshop texturizer filter can also set the scaling and relief of the texture as well as the light direction. You can also use the texturizer filter more than once as well as on layers and blend the results. You can also fade the results of the filter via the edit menu fade command. The texturizer Photoshop filter can be used as a smart filter and used with smart objects and used more than once. You can also use the effect with color channels etc

  1. Select image

  2. Filter menu

  3. Filter gallery

  4. Texturizer

  5. Set scaling etc

  6. Set PSD file to use in texturizer filter

  7. OK

Format for displacement maps / textures

They are all in PSD format for use in Photoshop as well as PSP and many others. The displacement maps on this site are all in grayscale image mode. The displacement maps on this site were all created in Photoshop in PSD format. You can also use them in other filters in Photoshop

Texturizer Filter / displacements in Photoshop

texturizer filter and displacements and scaling and relief

The texturizer filter in Photoshop can be found via


  1. You can use the texturizer via the standard filter menu depending on the preference set in the plugins section of Photoshop preferences or (more likely)

  2. Access the texturizer filter via the filter menu and filter gallery

  3. Go to the texture section and select the texturizer

  4. By default there are a few textures already included such as sandstone etc but you can go to the little texture side menu and use the load texture

  5. Browse for a PSD file

  6. Select one

  7. Select scaling

  8. Select relief and light direction (as well as invert or not)

  9. Apply the texturizer


As with all the other filters that use displacement maps, the choice of possible textures can be unlimited (you can find many on the website as well as on a variety of sites on the web as well as ones that have been included in Photoshop - if they are still there, there used to be a small selection of PSD files; you can also create your own PSD files.


Variations of the texturizer

As with any filters, you can repeat apply the effect as well as change the settings or combine with other filter effects. The texturizer filter can also be applied multiple times on different layers and the results blended. You can also apply the texturizer and fade the effect via the edit menu

Texturizer filter and smart objects and displacement maps

texturizer filter and displacements and blurs in Photoshop

You can use the texturizer filter as a smart filter by converting a layer into a smart object and then adding texturizer filter effects as smart filters (as well as combined with other smart filters and adjustments).


The beauty of the smart filter is that the filter can be quickly deleted as well as the settings changed so the relief can be altered or the scaling changed or the texture changed.

  1. Select layer in layers panel

  2. Go to the layer menu in Photoshop

  3. Smart objects

  4. Convert to smart object

  5. Go to the filter gallery and texturizer

  6. Apply

  7. Repeat the effect but with a different texture


You can then see the result of the texturizer filter as well as the entry in the Photoshop layers panel. The effect can then be edited or deleted in seconds.


Using with color channels

texturizer filter and color channels

You can use the filter with color channels and separate color channels

  1. Display channels panel (window menu) in Photoshop

  2. Select the red channel

  3. Apply the Photoshop texturizer filter - perhaps select a different displacement map and scaling

  4. Select the green channel

  5. Apply texturizer etc with different settings


and so on


This can be done with any number of combinations of the color channels.

Other tutorials

1. psychedelic ripple effects using Photoshop gradients

2. how to use Photoshop custom shapes to create displacement maps

3. how to use displacement maps with the displace filter in Adobe Photoshop

4. Glass filter and Photoshop displacements and distortions





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