I'm trying to replicate the background texture of the following image in Photoshop CC. I tried using grunge and fabric patterns but they don't look right.

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    I wouldn't use a pattern. I think I'd look for a photo texture. I found similar looking things by googling something like "brown paper texture" and more generally "cardboard texture".
    – Joonas
    Jul 18 '18 at 7:36
  • @Joonas That's an answer I'd +1.
    – Vincent
    Jul 18 '18 at 9:44

I assume you want to create the same looking effect by yourself.

Actually you want something that legacy film and diapositive users hated: the dirt. In addition there's some film grain and a little JPG artefacts, too.

Film grain or noise is available in Photoshop, a little gaussian blur smoothens the effect.

You need a photo of dirty glass. Add it as two verions - one which has light dots and one which has dark dots. One is enough, the other can be made by inversion.

Actually scanner glass can be used. Rub your hair a little above it and scan a dark paper. If you have a dia scanner, you probably find an excellent image to scan easily - a blank dusty piece of plastics or badly stored empty dia frame with glasses. A very slight cleaning in the middle with dry brush makes the effect thinner in the middle, but that is possible also in Photoshop.

An example:

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I haven't actual image, only color in the bottom layer. I added noise to it (Filters > Noise > Add noise) then a slight gaussian blur was applied.

I had some dirt. Two vesions were made. Light version covers greyshades from 50% grey to white, being mostly 50% grey. Dark version covers greyshades black to 50% grey, being mostly 50% grey. Actually they are the same image, only flipped another and both were adjusted with the curves tool (including inverting).

Blending mode hard light made them alter the brightness of the color layer. Gradient layer masks pushed the dark dirt to the edges and pulled the light dirt visible in the middle.

The dirt hadn't sharp dots. They were painted manually with black onto the top layer.

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