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I am trying to achieve this noisy background behind the cards. How can I recreate this effect?

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Why are business cards always levitating in these images? – Joonas Jun 4 '13 at 5:35
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I'd go with a simple tileable texture that you can expand or contract as needed. It's easy to repurpose that way and doesn't eat much disk space.

Try Atle Mo creates and curates a very nice set of patterns there, some of which would work perfectly for this task.

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thanks it really worked – Sumann Jun 4 '13 at 20:28

Take a photograph of a concrete slab or purchase a photograph of concrete from any number of stock photography sites.

There's no reason to spend time and effort to recreate something if a simple photo will work. Often the photo works better anyway.

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agreed: take a myPhone to Home Despot* or similar home improvement store and snap some closeups of their countertops. (*any similarity to actual products and services is coincidental) – horatio Jun 4 '13 at 17:59

It looks like a concrete or recycled paper texture. The best option is probably to use a Photoshop brush over a light gray background layer.

Some ideas:

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