Create random noise / grain / texture

A quick guide to creating random noise in Photoshop CC 2018 2017 2015 CS6 etc using different small source designs - create unique grains for your work in seconds

Create random noise in Photoshop

how to create random noise / grain / pixels in Photoshop tutorial
  1. New document (10 pixels x 10 pixels say)

  2. Ellipse tool in Photoshop toolbar for the random noise pattern source (or rectangle or small star etc)

  3. Set color to red (or any other color for the random noise though best to avoid black as there will be no randomization in the script)

  4. Set option to shape layer

  5. Create small shape (though this could as easily be a small image etc)

  6. Delete background via layers panel and remove

  7. Edit menu and Define pattern

  8. New document such as 1000 x 1000

  9. Edit menu

  10. Fill (custom pattern, script ON and 'random fill')

  11. Select the small previously created pattern in Photoshop

  12. OK

  13. Set the density to a high, scale to 1 etc

  14. Set brightness and saturation settings as required though it works best if you set these to a high value

  15. OK

  16. You can also then apply blurs and other effects such as oil paint or camera raw etc

Video tutorial on the subject by (youtube)


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