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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.
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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