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Adding texture

From: Photoshop CS5: Creative Compositing

Video: Adding texture

The next thing that I'm interested in doing with this photograph is adding a bit of texture, and in order to add texture we're actually going to use an interesting filter. Let me show you what I mean. Well, let's copy everything to the top layer or merge everything to the top. We can do that by using a shortcut, Shift+Option+Command+E on a Mac, Shift+Alt+Ctrl+E on Windows. We'll go ahead and name this layer texture. The next thing that we want to do is actually build a mask. Now I want to build a mask based on one of the channels.

Adding texture

The next thing that I'm interested in doing with this photograph is adding a bit of texture, and in order to add texture we're actually going to use an interesting filter. Let me show you what I mean. Well, let's copy everything to the top layer or merge everything to the top. We can do that by using a shortcut, Shift+Option+Command+E on a Mac, Shift+Alt+Ctrl+E on Windows. We'll go ahead and name this layer texture. The next thing that we want to do is actually build a mask. Now I want to build a mask based on one of the channels.

So here we'll go to the Channels panel and we'll click through our channels. We can just see these different brightness values. There is not a lot of variation, so let's start off with the red channel. Here you can Commandk or Ctrl+Click this channel, and then we'll turn on the visibility of all these channels. Target the RGB Composite and then go back to the Layers panel. Now here what we're going to do is click on the Add Layer Mask icon. This will then create a mask based on the luminance value of that channel. All right, so far so good. Next step, let's go into the Image layer and navigate to our Filter pull-down menu.

Here we're going to choose Render and then we're going to choose Fibers. What this will do is it will give us ability just to change this overall. You can see that we're bringing in these different fibers here across the image, and in regards to the variance in the strength, we want to have pretty strong fibers there, and we will click OK. Well now at this juncture you can see that the fibers are hidden just a little bit. If we zoom out, we can see that yeah, they are indeed hidden because of this mask. Yet because they are such even toned there, it's not really that strong. So what we want to do is first change our blending mode to Soft Light.

And once we do that, all of a sudden the fibers are adding an interesting texture. Next, click in your mask, the channel mask, the luminance value we just created there, based on the Red channel. Now what we want to do is apply an adjustment to this layer. So in order to do that, we're going to use Levels or Curves. You can apply Levels or Curves right to a mask by simply pressing a shortcut. Let's keep it simple. Let's use Levels. So in order to do that on a Mac, press Command+L, on Windows press Ctrl+L.

What you can do here is you can change the overall density of this mask. Now, as I do that, you're seeing that it's limiting these fibers in certain areas with a little bit more strength, so there is a little bit less here on the subject. Here we have that before and then after. You can see the mask is much stronger. You can also change the whites. If we want to bring in this into some of the highlight areas, we can do that as well. Go ahead and click OK. Well, the nice thing about using a mask is that it just helps us start to limit where these fibers are showing up.

Shift+Click your mask, and you can see the before and then after. So in this case, what I want to do is just lower the density there a bit on my mask, just a touch. Grab my Brush tool and I'll go ahead and paint with black with 100% opacity on few of these areas, in particular the face, also the shirt. I want these fibers just to be falling into the background. I want to affect that background there. I'll go to 60% opacity by pressing the 6 key and then I'll start to paint on the background as well. Again, I just want to bring in some of this texture into a few little areas of the photograph.

Press the X key and then go to 20% opacity, bring in a little bit of that texture across the subject, touch on the hat, and then I'm just going to go back and forth, kind of painting this in and out in different areas, trying to create a bit of texture on the image. Here's before and then after. Basically what we need to do is we need to change the way this looks. Sometimes it's helpful to even use Overlay. What Overlay will do is give you a bit more punch or snap. In this case, I think that's too strong. And keep in mind we have some more texture work to do, but all we want to do here is just bring this in, so that we have a little bit more texture, a little bit less even tone.

We want to interrupt things a bit. All right, well now that we've done that, I want to add even more texture to the photograph. So let's go ahead and take a look at how we can do that in the next movie.

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Photoshop CS5: Creative Compositing

58 video lessons · 30353 viewers

Chris Orwig
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  1. 2m 30s
    1. Welcome
      52s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 38s
  2. 20m 12s
    1. Combining layers with blending modes
      1m 36s
    2. Using blending modes and color adjustment layers
      2m 21s
    3. Layer blending and shortcuts
      4m 3s
    4. Creative project: Wisdom begins in wonder
      6m 23s
    5. Creating a flamenco dancer advertisement
      5m 49s
  3. 17m 39s
    1. Snapshot project: Using Auto-Align and Auto-Blend
      3m 27s
    2. Flag project: Combining depths of field
      3m 46s
    3. Nature project: Combining foreground and sky
      4m 47s
    4. Nature project: Adding clouds and creative color
      5m 39s
  4. 15m 28s
    1. Combining multiple frames
      5m 21s
    2. Cleaning up the details
      5m 5s
    3. Modifying color and tone
      5m 2s
  5. 11m 48s
    1. Combining interior and exterior architecture
      6m 57s
    2. Increasing drama and visual interest
      4m 51s
  6. 25m 27s
    1. Composite project overview
      4m 12s
    2. Masking multiple images together
      3m 28s
    3. Extending the canvas and adding elements
      2m 58s
    4. Enhancing the main elements
      1m 47s
    5. Cleaning up the background
      4m 27s
    6. Award-winning composite inspiration
      4m 30s
    7. Photoshop composite inspiration: Web sites
      4m 5s
  7. 1h 4m
    1. Project 1: Removing a model from a background
      9m 27s
    2. Project 1: Combining multiple photographs
      3m 23s
    3. Project 1: Working with shadows
      8m 15s
    4. Project 1: Adding light and color
      5m 18s
    5. Project 1: Working with curves and masking
      3m 45s
    6. Project 1: Final color and tone adjustments
      6m 56s
    7. Project 2: Combining multiple photographs
      7m 51s
    8. Project 2: Adding shadows
      7m 21s
    9. Project 2: Organizing layers and adding blur
      5m 48s
    10. Project 2: Adding film grain
      6m 19s
  8. 22m 58s
    1. Illuminating the eyes
      4m 16s
    2. Blending graphics with photos
      4m 25s
    3. Making final color modifications
      6m 19s
    4. Creative portrait blending
      7m 58s
  9. 25m 54s
    1. Working with color and tone
      3m 46s
    2. Adding texture
      4m 4s
    3. Adding film grain
      2m 44s
    4. Modifying texture
      4m 32s
    5. Darkening edges
      3m 34s
    6. Applying a creative color effect
      7m 14s
  10. 14m 39s
    1. Creating a selection of the TV glass
      4m 14s
    2. Masking the images into the selection
      5m 16s
    3. Modifying the color and tone
      5m 9s
  11. 27m 42s
    1. Extracting elements from their backgrounds
      6m 49s
    2. Removing the words from the book
      4m 31s
    3. Masking and image blending
      4m 35s
    4. Creating composite options
      4m 56s
    5. Enhancing the color
      6m 51s
  12. 11m 39s
    1. Setting the stage with color and tone
      4m 30s
    2. Working with textures and blending
      7m 9s
  13. 20m 31s
    1. Project overview
      4m 54s
    2. Using masking and blending modes for emphasis
      5m 8s
    3. Adding and modifying typography
      4m 55s
    4. Making final color and tone adjustments
      5m 34s
  14. 24s
    1. Goodbye
      24s

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