As all the big sites have been updating their style recently, I've noticed this effect on a few sites and I'm wondering how they do it.

Its like this normal gradient effect, with this pattern, abbit similar to a dissolving effect, but not quite that...

JSFIDDLE: Its on the top menu bar on this site: http://jsfiddle.net

Twitter: Again, its on the top black menu bar on http://twitter.com.

Youtube: Its like the whole of Youtube's background but its quite hard to notice on that one. http://youtube.com

Do you guys see what I'm talking about?

How would I get that effect in Photoshop?



3 Answers 3


Actually in JsFiddle I've used a combination of noise and a very subtle grain texture.

  • Lol at that :) (+1)
    – Joonas
    Dec 21, 2011 at 10:12
  • Glad you did :)
    – Jack
    Dec 21, 2011 at 13:07

It's called 'noise'. Most raster image editing software have various noise filters.


The art here is to use a pattern on top of your chosen color, and then lowering down the opacity of your pattern overlay to an almost imperceptible level. An example is here: enter image description here

(I've used the 'Parchment' pattern with 20% opacity)

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