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You all know what a fan I am of montaging photos with textures in Photoshop. Well, guess what, Filter Forge is the ultimate texture generator — everything from grunge to rust to chocolate. With over 8000 textures, filters, and patterns available, whatever you dream up, Filter Forge probably has. Even better, most of the textures and patterns can be seamlessly tiled. What this means is that you can generate small files in Filter Forge, then use Photoshop’s Pattern Fill feature to seamlessly tile the textures. In today’s Workbench, we’ll go through this process from start to finish and we’ll even ice the cake by adding a Filter Forge-generated film frame and watercolor border to the completed montage.