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Texturizer Filter & Displacement Maps / Textures In Photoshop Tutorial Beginner's Guide

By Andrew Buckle, Video Tutorial Creator / Designer

Updated : 2021


Tutorial on how to use displacement map PSD files as a source for the textures / texturizer filter in Photoshop.


texturizer filter and displacement maps and photoshopThe texturizer filter is a powerful filter included in the Photoshop filter gallery and can be used to create amazing texture effects with any image or text etc.

  1. Select image to use with the texturizer and displacements in Photoshop

  2. Filter menu

  3. Filter gallery

  4. Texturizer

  5. Set scaling etc

  6. Set PSD file to use in texturizer filter

  7. OK

Format for displacement maps / textures

The files for the texturizer filter are all in PSD format (though it does come with a selection of 4 inbuilt textures but I don't think I have ever used those in my life) for use in Photoshop as well as PSP and many others. The displacement maps on this site are all in grayscale image mode.




The displacement maps on this site were all created in Photoshop in PSD format. You can also use them in other filters in Photoshop. You can, of course, create your own textures for the texturizer filter and that is made even easier with the view menu and pattern preview but the key thing is to remember that the displacement maps are grayscale. Amazing different textures can be created using the texturizer by selecting different displacement maps such as

Texturizer Filter / displacements in Photoshop

texturizer filter and displacements and scaling and relief
  1. You can use the texturizer via the standard filter menu depending on the preference set in the plugins section of Photoshop preferences or (more likely)

  2. Access the texturizer filter via the filter menu and filter gallery

  3. Go to the texture section and select the texturizer

  4. By default there are a few textures already included such as sandstone etc but you can go to the little texture side menu and use the load texture

  5. Browse for a PSD file

  6. Select one

  7. Select scaling

  8. Select relief and light direction (as well as invert or not)

  9. Apply the texturizer


As with all the other filters that use displacement maps, the choice of possible textures can be unlimited (you can find many on the website as well as on a variety of sites on the web as well as ones that have been included in Photoshop - if they are still there, there used to be a small selection of PSD files; you can also create your own PSD files.

Variations of the texturizer and re-applying the filter and blending the texturizer with other Photoshop filters

As with any filters, you can repeat apply the effect as well as change the settings or combine with other filter effects. The texturizer filter can also be applied multiple times on different layers and the results blended. You can also apply the texturizer and fade the effect via the edit menu

  1. open image

  2. filter menu and filter gallery

  3. texturizer

  4. browse for a PSD displacement map file

  5. set scaling etc

  6. apply

  7. apply another effect such as oil paint filter via the filter menu

  8. filter menu and filter gallery again

  9. texturizer

  10. browse for a different PSD displacement maps

  11. set different scaling

  12. apply

As you can see, a vast number of variations of texturizer effect can be achieved. You can, of course, also store the result as an action via the record feature in the actions panel

Texturizer filter and smart objects and displacement maps

texturizer filter and displacements and blurs in Photoshop

You can use the texturizer filter as a smart filter by converting a layer into a smart object and then adding texturizer filter effects as smart filters (as well as combined with other smart filters and adjustments). The beauty of the smart filter is that the filter can be quickly deleted as well as the settings changed so the relief can be altered or the scaling changed or the texture changed.

  1. Select layer in layers panel

  2. Go to the layer menu in Photoshop

  3. Smart objects

  4. Convert to smart object

  5. Go to the filter gallery and texturizer

  6. Apply

  7. Repeat the effect but with a different texture




You can then see the result of the texturizer filter as well as the entry in the Photoshop layers panel. The effect can then be edited or deleted in seconds.

Using the texturizer filter with color channels and different displacement maps in Photoshoptexturizer filter and color channels

You can use the filter with color channels and separate color channels

  1. Display channels panel (window menu) in Photoshop

  2. Select the red channel

  3. Apply the Photoshop texturizer filter - perhaps select a different displacement map and scaling

  4. Select the green channel

  5. Apply texturizer etc with different settings


and so on. This can be done with any number of combinations of the color channels.


You can also use the texturizer filter with selections and you can create a selection using the rectangular marquee or anything from the selection menu etc and once you have the selection, apply the texturizer filter to that selection or perhaps the inverse of the selection




You can also use the texturizer filter in Photoshop with shapes, just select any shape design from your custom shapes panel and apply that and set the color etc and then go to the filters menu and the filter gallery and apply the texture to that shape and as you do that, a panel will pop up and convert it to a smart object or if you wish, rasterize it. You can then add multiple texturizer filter effects to that shape. You can also do the same with type



Pattern Preview

You can also use the texturizer filter in the pattern preview though it is not much use for seamless textures (be great if the pattern preview allowed for seamless tiles and mirror option) and it will warn you as suchbut the texturizer can be applied and the layers etc generated with the texture effects can be added and combined in endless ways, see the video at the top of the page.

Combine with other filters

You can use the filter gallery solely for the texturizer but by going down to the small duplication button '+' at the bottom of the filter gallery panel you can also add multiple other filter gallery effects such as bas relief or emboss etc. You can also add two or more texturizer filters and you can combine them in all number of ways as well as different settings. The filter gallery combination of filters are live and you can change the scale / relief etc along with the glass, bas relief etc effects. Sadly, the tool does not include presets as it would be wonderful if you could quickly store the settings for future use. One workaround around this is to use actions which can be replayed.