I have a photo that I'd like to turn into a wallpaper:

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I'm pretty new to Photoshop, so I wasn't able to stack up the paper texture in a clean way. Is there a way to make this paper texture repeat in a non-obvious way to fill a 1920x1080 area?

What I tried

I have tried using some cleanup brushes but they didn't work the way I wanted them to.

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    Oct 21, 2015 at 15:08
  • Thanks Andrew. This is my first post, so I'm not used to the style of the site just yet. You've been incredibly helpful. How can I give you credit for your help? Oct 21, 2015 at 15:16
  • There's a bit too much area to fill considering the amount of texture you have to work with and how the brightness is not uniform. It would help a bit if you could get a scan of that instead, but if you can get a scan of it you could probably also get a bigger sample of that texture, and you probably wouldn't be asking this question if that were the case. So, with that assumption, I think you might be better off cutting out the drawing and replacing the texture with something similar.
    – Joonas
    Oct 21, 2015 at 15:35

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I'd just replace the background altogether. For this quick example I used the Magic Wand to make a selection of the background, inverted the selection, then applied a layer mask and put it on top of a re-colored construction paper texture.

Ghost wallpaper


Use Fill set to Content Aware and Color Adapt. It won't be perfect but it will work really well for this. If you want better I'd go back over it after to refine the texture a bit manually with either custom brushes or clone stamp.

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  • That worked perfectly! My verson wasn't quite as clean as yours, but it looks pretty nice. Thanks so much for your help! Oct 21, 2015 at 16:07

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