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This course is a collection of short Photoshop and Illustrator projects and creative effects that can be completed in ten minutes or less. The series is taught by computer graphics guru Deke McClelland, and presented in his signature step-by-step style. The intent is to reveal how various Photoshop and Illustrator features can be combined and leveraged in real-world examples so that they can be applied to creative projects right away.
Alright gang, in this movie we're going to take those brush paths from Illustrator that are now expressed as a smart object here inside Photoshop. And we're going to give them a texture to convey the appearance of an actual hand stamp. And to pull that off, we need some kind of texture to start with. And the kind of texture you'll need is not like a metal texture or a wood texture. You need a plain old paper texture because that's what's really happening, right? When you take a rubber hand stamp and you apply it to a piece of paper the texture is coming from the paper itself.
And even a low contrast paper texture like this is going to work because it's got a lot of action inside of it. The trick is that we just need gray scale information and nothing more. So you might as well switch over to the channels panel. And figure out which one of the channels has the most contrast associated with it. And nine times out of ten the answer is going to be green, because the green channel more often than not, is your detail channel. So, with this channel active, go ahead and press, Ctrl+A, or Cmd+A on the mac and then Ctrl+C, or Cmd+C on the mac.
Now you can go ahead and switch over to the documented hand. And I will return to the layers panel. You can see that the vector's smart object layer is active. Go ahead and press Ctrl+V or Cmd+V on the Mac to paste that texture directly in front of the stamp. And as long as it's big enough to cover up the chop you're okay. Now, let's go ahead and give this layer a name. I'm just going to call mine paper and we want to lighten up the chop below so change the blend mode from normal to screen, in order to create a brightening effect. Now that's too much lightening and it's not enough contrast.
So what we need to do is drop down to the black white icon at the bottom of the layers panel and press the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac and choose the Levels command. And because we have the Alt or Option key down, that's going to enforce the display of the new layer dialog box. Let's go ahead and call it contrast and click okay. If you set in changing these values here, the black point value for example, you want to increase that value. And then if you reduce the wide point value, you're going to add contrast across the entire image.
That is to say, you're going to start changing the color scheme. For example, at some point you're going to introduce some dark red or some blacks as I am doing right here. The trick is that we don't want to modify the entire image at a time. We just want to affect the paper layer and nothing more. Which is why you need to press the Alt key, or the Option key on a Mac, and click this horizontal line between the contrast and paper layers, and that way you'll go ahead and clip the levels effect inside the paper. Now, I want you to take the black point value up to something that allows us to see much of the red in the background at a time.
So something along the lines of a 130 is going to work out nicely. And then take the y-point value down, so that we see a lot of texture. We don't want this much texture though, because we don't want to altogether ruin the legibility of the stamp. So I'll go ahead and take this value up to 150. So it's a 130 for the black point value and a 150 for the white point value. At least where this particular paper texture is concerned. And that's really all there is to it. So even though it's taken us a while to create this job in the first place, inside Illustrator that is, it's a simple matter to dress it up and to give it some realistic rubber stamping paper texture, here inside Photoshop.
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