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In this course, author Nigel French shows how to use textures to create visual interest, heighten realism, and add dimension to Photoshop artwork. The course demonstrates how to apply multiple filters and paint in effects with layer masks, combine textures with images using layer blending modes, use brushes to paint in and accentuate texture, and create brush presets by sampling textures from photographs. The course also shows how to automate the application of textures with actions.
We've seen the application of texture to type in a number of other movies in this title, but there are a number of techniques that I haven't yet dealt with, so we have this separate chapter specifically working with Type and Texture. I'm going to begin with this very easy, very effective, very pleasing technique of making a texture layer fill the type letter forms. It's so shockingly simple you'll love it. It's just making it into a clipping mask, all I need to is put that above the Type layer, holding down the Option or the Alt key and click, and the texture fills the type.
Let's do this from Scratch. Here we are in the starting state. I have my type on top off a layer of texture, on top of this picture of rust, and at the bottom I just have a layer of Solid Black. So the first thing I'll need to do is move the Texture layer above the Type, then I need to clip the Texture layer to the type. I can either do this through the menus right there using the keyboard shortcut Command+Option+G or Ctrl+Alt+G or, and this is the way I tend to do it; holding down the Option or Alt key and clicking on the line that separates them, it's that easy.
Okay, for additional credit we're now going to do something else and that is we're going to apply a Stroke Emboss to this type. So in order for this to work I first need to capture my texture as a pattern, and in order to do that I'm going to have to unclip it. With it selected I'll come to the Edit menu and choose Define Pattern and I'll call it rust. I can now go back and clip it, and I can now go to my Type layer, double-click to the right of the layer name and then come down first to my Stroke option where I'm going to be applying a stroke that is a Pattern, it could be any pattern of course but I'm choosing for it to be the texture itself, the rust texture and I'm going to increase the Size of that up to 10 pixels.
Having done that, I'm then going to emboss that stroke by coming to Bevel and Emboss and choosing for the Style, Stroke Emboss, and we get that lovely effect, it's that simple.
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