Wave texture background

I was asked how to create wave texture background that I made for one of my wallpapers. I wrote this tutorial from my answer because it might be useful for someone else. So, to start, we need horizontal stripes background. For that, we need a stripe pattern. Create new document with 4 pixels height (you can also try different size).
Wave texture background - Step 1

Select Pencil tool, 1px size, and draw line on bottom of image.
Wave texture background - Step 2

Go to Edit menu - Define Pattern. Click OK to create new pattern.
Wave texture background - Step 3

You can close this document now. Create new document, with width and height that you need. Fill with solid color (blue in this example).
Wave texture background - Step 4

Create new layer (Layer menu - New - Layer). Go to Edit menu - Fill... From Use list, select Pattern, then open Custom pattern list, and select last one (the one that you just saved). Click OK.
Wave texture background - Step 5

The layer will be filled with stripes.
Wave texture background - Step 6

Go to Filter menu - Distort - Wave. Tweak settings until you like the result. In this example, I set number of generators = 1, wavelength = 40 (min and max), amplitude = 4 (min and max).
Wave texture background - Step 7

stripes are now waves!
Wave texture background - Step 8

The wave pattern is too sharp now, we need to soften it a bit. Go to Filter menu - Blur - Gaussian Blur, set Radius to 1px.
Wave texture background - Step 9

If the pattern looks too blurred now, go to Edit menu - Fade and adjust the blur effect. I found 60% looks good.
Wave texture background - Step 10

To make the background more interesting, let's add some rust look to it. Create new layer, then switch to Brush tool, select the brush shown in this screenshot.
Wave texture background - Step 11

Fill entire layer with short chaotic strokes (black color).
Wave texture background - Step 12

Create another new layer, set color to white, and repeat.
Wave texture background - Step 13

Finally, set these 2 layers blend mode = Overlay and opacity = 20-30%. That's all!
Wave texture background - Step 14

Author: Vlad Gerasimov
URL:    http://www.vladstudio.com

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4 Responses to "Wave texture background"

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said this on 30 May 2008 6:01:39 AM MDT
Thanks for share

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said this on 31 May 2008 7:01:20 AM MDT
thanks alot

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said this on 01 Jun 2008 8:08:18 AM MDT
nice and quick , BUT imho - the brush texture is unnecessary

Mary Rating: ratingfullratingfullratingfullratingemptyratingempty Unrated
said this on 17 Aug 2010 9:48:32 PM MDT
how to get to distort? As mine cant click on distort :(

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