Photoshop Carbon Tutorial

Jarrod Crossley

Feb 18, 2008
1. Create Carbon Fibre

Create a new canvas with the size of 4×4 px, zoomed it to the max so you can easily fill the colors and insert the colors exactly like the color table below.
#242424 #1C1C1C
#1D1D1D #151515
#1A1A1A #222222
#131313 #1B1B1B
2. Define as Pattern

Click Edit -> Define Pattern and give it a pattern name. (Carbon Fibre for instance). Click OK to save it as a pattern.
3. Using Carbon Fibre Pattern

To test the carbon fibre pattern, create a new canvas with bigger size, 500×400px would be good. Click on Edit -> Fill (or Shift + F5), choose the carbon fibre pattern created just now, click OK and fill the section up. Here’s how your carbon fibre background should looks like:

Rick Stoltz

thanx for i am new to all this it will come in handy


Tim Ling

It's a million-to-1 chance, but it just might work
Aug 28, 2008
I have to ask, is this really necessary?Wont a plain colour look ok?

Gonzalo Diez

I have tried to do that tutorial, but if the square its not absolutlely simetric, the pattern turns horrible.
I think this effect also can be done with real photos of carbon fibre at google with the same or better results

Tim Ling

It's a million-to-1 chance, but it just might work
Aug 28, 2008
Sorry , I'm still confused. Why do we have to use the patterns? Is it a simple "'cos it looks better"?

Stuart Thomson

The Stoat Without Fear ™
Jul 2, 2008
Also, if you think a bit beyond just the carbon fibre gist of this, the above is the entire theory for building tiled patterns.

Think of it like this:-

Make a new file 64x64 pix.

Fill it with black.

Make a new file 32x32

Fill that with white.

Copy the white 32x32 square, paste it onto the black 64x64 image

Move that white layer to align to the top left corner of the black square

Paste again, and move the second white layer to align to the bottom right corner of the black square.

Flatten Image

Edit -> Define Pattern "checks"

Fill a mini's roof with the pattern, etc.


Andy Marsden

LOL, loving the ork-fied Mini, shouldn't there be plank and scrap effects though so it looks like spare 'parts' have been bolted on :D