Orange peel texture is made in a similar process to knockdown texture, minus the knockdown step. It starts by watering down joint compound/drywall mud to a consistency for the best outcome for the size of the orange peel that a particular project calls for. The watered down joint compound is then sprayed onto the work area. The act of spraying the joint compound on the wall causes the joint compound to adhere to the surface area as raised bumps that contrast the flat drywall underneath. Unlike knockdown, orange peel texture is not manipulated while still wet. It is left to dry completely for a finished product that has a similar appearance to the outward facing side of an orange peel, hence the texture's name.