How to make a textured printable in Photoshop

I have always loved the look of weathered signs, aged furniture, and roughed up edges. Whenever I craft with paper, I always have sandpaper on hand so I can add texture around the edges and corners of my final piece. The design world of late has been all about flat design with solid colors and no texture, and that’s great for web display but I miss the tactile look that textures provide!

So I’d like to share my method for adding texture to a printable (or really any design) in Photoshop.

Compound paths in Silhouette Studio

Today’s tutorial is all about “compound paths”. This is a fancy design term that is used in Silhouette Studio, Photoshop, Illustrator, and dozens more programs, but most people haven’t heard of it. Basically what it is, is a way to take a shape or a letter and not have the middle be filled in. You might run into this when trying to cut a word that includes a letter that is hollow like a “D” or “O” (as opposed to a “T” or “S” for example that have no holes). You go in to weld it and the middle fills in. So frustrating! The trick there is...

Filling a page in Silhouette Studio

The “fill page” function is a super handy tool in Silhouette Studio, but what if you only want to fill a smaller shape? I do this all the time when creating sticker designs. I’ll make a rounded rectangle or two on my page, and fill that shape with the stickers I want to print and cut. But if you tell your design to fill the page, it fills the entire page and not the little rectangle shapes that you really want filled. In this video tutorial, I’ll show you how to fill a page vs. how to fill a smaller shape, as well as how to use the replicatealign, and distribute tools to your advantage.