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Applying texture to type with layer effects

From: Photoshop for Designers: Textures

Video: Applying texture to type with layer effects

In the previous movie we saw how we can combine our own photographic textures with Type, in this movie we're just going to remind ourselves that we have a lot of preset textures already in Photoshop and we shouldn't overlook these because they can sometimes be very useful and they're certainly very easy and quick to apply. And we would apply them through the layer Effects. I had a whole title Photoshop for Designers: layer Effects in the lynda.com Training Library. I highly recommend that you check that out, there are some very interesting tips and techniques in there.

Applying texture to type with layer effects

In the previous movie we saw how we can combine our own photographic textures with Type, in this movie we're just going to remind ourselves that we have a lot of preset textures already in Photoshop and we shouldn't overlook these because they can sometimes be very useful and they're certainly very easy and quick to apply. And we would apply them through the layer Effects. I had a whole title Photoshop for Designers: layer Effects in the lynda.com Training Library. I highly recommend that you check that out, there are some very interesting tips and techniques in there.

But for now, I just want to point out a couple of options that relate to applying texture to your layer, in this case to our Type. So I have here four letters on separate layers, they all have the same layer effects, there is one slight difference, they all have a different texture applied to them. I'm going to go to the T and mainly what I'm talking about here is this option Bevel and Emboss>Texture, this is going to allow you to take a predefined pattern, and if I over the pattern I'll get the tooltip telling me that this is Light Marble, Light Marble being one of those patterns that comes in the Rock Patterns Presets.

Now you can load all of these pattern preset libraries by choosing Load Patterns and you'd either replace what's there or if you choose to append then they will be added to what's already there. You can also create your own patterns. If you wanted to do that you'd just need to be on the layer that you want to create the pattern from, go to the Edit menu and then down to Define Pattern, thereafter it's going to appear in this list. Now when you apply these patterns, they're all applied as grayscale values, and what distinguishes this option Texture from this option Pattern Overlay because they use the same preset patterns is that when you do it this way you will actually applying the color of the pattern as well as the texture.

So mainly for what we're after here, Texture is going to be the preferable option because it's going to combine the grayscale values with whatever is the color of your Type and with whatever other layer effects you currently have turned on. Now when you're working with these you also have the option of giving it some dimension by using Bevel and Emboss, so if I increase the Size of the Bevel, and then increase its Depth and perhaps change its Technique to Chisel Hard then we get this kind of effect.

So as you can see layer styles can be very quick and easy to apply and it's worth checking out, the different pattern libraries that come as presets with Photoshop.

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Photoshop for Designers: Textures

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Nigel French
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  1. 1m 30s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the exercise files
      28s
  2. 6m 52s
    1. Working with textures
      6m 52s
  3. 30m 19s
    1. Creating a rocklike texture with Clouds
      6m 17s
    2. Improving a flat sky with Difference Clouds
      3m 43s
    3. Creating a grunge effect with Fibers
      11m 30s
    4. Applying a texture channel with Lighting Effects
      4m 22s
    5. Adding an effect and blending with Lens Flare
      4m 27s
  4. 15m 20s
    1. Applying textures with Texturizer
      6m 8s
    2. Applying realistic cracks with Craquelure
      5m 11s
    3. Preparing an image for a stained glass effect
      4m 1s
  5. 30m 48s
    1. Adding noise to an overlay layer
      1m 33s
    2. Adding film grain
      6m 5s
    3. Painting with grain
      4m 10s
    4. Adding grain to a Camera Raw image
      2m 21s
    5. Matching grain when cloning
      5m 32s
    6. Accentuating texture with Speckle grain
      3m 4s
    7. Creating a split-toning effect with Stippled grain
      4m 20s
    8. Beyond the Mezzotint filter
      3m 43s
  6. 18m 5s
    1. Creating deckled edges and sepia tone
      8m 6s
    2. Adding water stains
      5m 41s
    3. Adding cracks
      4m 18s
  7. 38m 16s
    1. Blending textures with Soft Light
      4m 15s
    2. Blending textures with Hard Light
      54s
    3. Blending groups
      3m 59s
    4. Blending textures with layer masks
      3m 49s
    5. Creating an antique poster
      5m 59s
    6. Blending mode sandwich
      4m 34s
    7. Blending texture from a pattern fill
      4m 9s
    8. Applying texture to an uneven surface
      10m 37s
  8. 42m 43s
    1. Creating a watercolor effect
      5m 30s
    2. Painting on canvas
      9m 57s
    3. Creating a rubber stamp
      8m 42s
    4. Converting a photograph to a drawing with Find Edges
      2m 58s
    5. Combining a black-and-white halftone with color images
      5m 6s
    6. Creating a textured duotone effect with Conté Crayon
      2m 33s
    7. Creating an abstract image with Mosaic
      6m 2s
    8. Creating a reticulation effect
      1m 55s
  9. 59m 11s
    1. Finding and installing brushes
      2m 19s
    2. Creating a shatter effect
      3m 58s
    3. Creating a smoke brush
      3m 50s
    4. Combining Photoshop with Illustrator to create a sample brush
      9m 56s
    5. Creating coffee rings
      4m 13s
    6. Creating a Bokeh texture
      9m 50s
    7. Creating corner brushes
      4m 24s
    8. Sampling a brush stroke
      3m 3s
    9. Creating a rust jewel brush
      5m 43s
    10. Building density with brush settings
      6m 45s
    11. Painting with the Mixer Brush
      5m 10s
  10. 17m 30s
    1. Adding texture to type using clipping masks
      2m 25s
    2. Applying texture to type with layer effects
      2m 53s
    3. Applying texture to type using a layer mask
      5m 33s
    4. Painting with a texture brush
      4m 31s
    5. Blending type into background texture
      2m 8s
  11. 17m 55s
    1. Using the texture actions set
      3m 12s
    2. Editing an action
      3m 18s
    3. Creating your own texture action
      5m 14s
    4. Finding, downloading, and installing actions
      3m 2s
    5. Applying texture styles
      3m 9s
  12. 20s
    1. Goodbye
      20s

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