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Tips and Tricks: Textures – Felt

November 21, 2013
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Textures: Felt

A popular art/craft is needle felting — using a needle to rough up felt material to make it fuzzier. We’ve seen some very cute creations out there including tiny animals, pop culture figures, etc. One of the effects this art form has had is the rising popularity of felt as a decorative material. You can see examples on Pinterest.

Creating a digital felt texture for a greeting card isn’t too difficult. Think digital felt flowers with a digital wooden button center, for example, which would be trendy and cute. Or a sweet digital felt elephant on a baby announcement. Use your imagination. Just make sure in your product description, you use terms like “digital felt texture” to avoid having shoppers think you’ve using real felt material.

Here are some handy tutorials if you want to make your own felt textures on your graphics. We were unable to find tutorials for GIMP, Paint Shop Pro, and Corel Draw. If you know any, please leave a link in the comments – thanks!

How to Create Felt Shapes in Photoshop Elements

Realistic Felt Tutorial (Photoshop)

How to Make Felt in Photoshop

Puffy Felt Tutorial (Photoshop)

2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 21, 2013 10:40 am

    Creating digital felt looks like a lot of fun! Thanks for sharing!

  2. November 21, 2013 8:55 pm

    So clever! And looks good enough to be real so artists remember to make a note in your Artist Notes like “felt embellishments are digital images and not real felt” and in keywords “felt like, faux felt”, etc.

    Sounds silly but you would be surprised how many shopper’s have the wool pulled over their eyes and think these digital embellishments like ribbon, gold foil and felt are the real thing!

    Here’s a great related article on the subject:
    https://gcucommunity.com/2012/09/19/nuts-and-bolts-dont-mean-to-deceive/

    Thanks for sharing Corrie!

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