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, 2013 at 5:35

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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.

  • 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, 2013 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:


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 SubtlePatterns.com. 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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