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I hadn’t discovered the 1% opacity trick—nice tip. Please share any other discoveries you make!

Any image in a document can be used as a texture. For example:

  1. Make a screengrab of part of a picture and paste it into a document.

  2. Go to Object>Convert>To Pattern. The screengrab appears in the Patterns palette.

  3. Draw a box and click the image well in the Patterns palette; the box is filled with the pattern.

It’s that easy. If you want to keep the texture to use in future projects, drag it into the Library.

I hardly use Photoshop any more. In some respects I prefer it, but Intaglio has most of Photoshop’s functionality and it’s much easier to use.

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