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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.
Still in presets land and in automation land there is one other topic that I need to tell you about, that relates to textures and that is Texture styles. As you know we have these styles they are predefined combinations of layer effects and Photoshop comes with some predefined textures styles. So I'm going to load them and I'm going to click OK to replace my existing styles with those textures.
And if I hover over them I'll get a tooltip telling me what they are I can just click to apply them. If you want to see how these are made up most of them depend upon combination of Color Overlay, Gradient Overlay and Pattern Overlay and if I look at the Pattern Overlay we see in this case we're using a wood oak pattern sample which is one of patterns that comes with pattern presets and this are all your pattern presets.
In this case it sampled up to 333% which is wide I'm going to look a little bit on the blurry side because it's being up sampled I don't has a color overlay and gradient overlay and in combination we get this I guess somewhat would oak like texture. In this case though what I'm going to do is delete that one, let's suppose I have this new clothing line and I like to very quickly apply some textures to both the text and my background label.
So starting out with the text, I'm going to apply the denim style to that, just click on it like so then I'm going to click on the layer beneath it and now rather then apply one of the styles I use one of the predefined actions. So in my Textures Actions I'll have parchment paper, click play and I need to actually put in these values so Canvas 71, 1, Light Direction= Top.
And in addition to that I think I would just want to add one other thing to the textures style made up of color overlay, gradient overlay and pattern overlay, I think you also need a drop shadow. So when we add one we can just make that 9 pulp out bit more and I'm going to make this shadow a hard shadow by pumping up the spray to 100%, dragging to determine the direction of the shadow and there is our result, Using a combination of a predefined textures style and a predefined texture action.
Now while these may not be the most sophisticated textures you've ever seen, they can sometimes be a good starting point for your explorations with texture.
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