Embedded here from Blue Lightning TV’s YouTube channel is a Photoshop CC tutorial showing how to create a cool-looking, interlocking, basket-weave effect from a photo.
1. After opening a photo you’d like to use, open your Crop Tool and type in 870 pixels for the Width and the Height and 150 pixels per inch for the Resolution. At the top, check “Delete Cropped Pixels”. This will delete everything outside the cropped area.
2. Make sure your foreground and background colors are black and white, respectively. Make two copies of your photo by pressing Ctrl + J on Windows or Cmd + J on a Mac, twice.
3. Make the bottom layer active and fill it with black. Make the top layer active and go to Edit, Preferences and “Guides, Grids and Slices”. In the Grid section, click the color box and pick a bright color for the grid. Then, click OK. Make the Gridline every 217 pixels and divide it into 6 subdivisions. Then, click OK.
4. Go to View and make sure “Snap” is checked. If it isn’t, just click on it. To see the grid, go to “Show” and click “Grid”.
5. Open your Rectangular Marquee Tool. Go to the top left corner and drag down a rectangular selection across 3 columns of boxes to the bottom. It’ll snap to the grid because we have “Snap” checked. Skip one column and hold down Shift as you drag down another rectangular selection across 3 columns. Continue to skip one column and drag over three.
6. Click the Layer Mask icon to make a layer mask of the selection next to the active layer. Go to the top left corner and drag to the right across 3 rows. Skip one row and drag over three. Continue these steps until you reach the bottom.
7. Make Layer 1 active and make a layer mask of the selection. Hide the grid by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + H. Ctrl-click or Cmd-click on the layer mask of the horizontal rows to make a selection of it. Go to the layer mask of the vertical columns and hold down Ctrl + Shift + Alt on Windows or Cmd + Shift + Option on a Mac to make a selection that overlaps the vertical columns with the horizontal rows.
8. Go to Select and Save Selection. Press “Q” to make the selection into a Quickmask. Open your Paint Bucket Tool and left-click inside the second empty box at the top to fill it in. Skip a box and left-click on the one after it. Continue this pattern on every other row. Then, go to the first empty box on the second row and fill it in. Continue to fill in every other empty box in every other row, so your quickmask looks like a checkerboard. Press “Q” to revert it back into a selection and press Ctrl or Cmd + J to cut the shape of the selection from the active layer.
9. Click the thumbnail of the top layer to make it active. Open your Channels panel and Ctrl-click or Cmd-click on “Alpha 1” to make a selection of its shape. Open your Layers panel back up and press “Q” to make the selection into a quickmask. This time, left-click inside the first empty box at the top left, and fill in every other empty box on every other row. Then, left-click on the second empty box on the second row and continue this pattern until your quickmask looks like a checkerboard.
10. Press “Q” to make it into a selection, and press Ctrl or Cmd + J to cut the shape of the selection from the active layer.
11. The basket weave effect comes to life once we add shadows to these shapes. Go to Layer and “Create Clipping Mask”. Make the other checkerboard layer active and create a clipping mask for it, as well.
12. Click the “fx” icon at the bottom of the Layers panel and choose “Outer Glow”. In the Layer Style window, click the color box and pick black. In the Layer Style window, change the Blend Mode to Multiply and make the Opacity 50%. Make the Size 40 pixels and click OK.
13. To copy the outer glow effect to the other checkerboard shapes, go to “fx” on the right side of the checkerboard layer and hold down Alt or Option as you drag a copy of the effect to the top layer.
14. To add a texture to your image, make the top layer active and press Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E on Windows or Cmd + Shift + Option + E on a Mac to make a composite snapshot.
15. Go to Filter and Filter Gallery. Open the Texture folder and click “Texturizer”. Choose Burlap for the Texture. Make the Scaling 100%, the Relief: 1, and the Light from the top. Then, click OK.