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Beyond the Mezzotint filter

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Video: Beyond the Mezzotint filter

Mezzotint is an old printing technique and if you've seen the Wall Street Journal the way they used to reproduce their halftones is, I don't know it that's a mezzotint, but it's kind of reminiscent of the mezzotint like effect. That's where we're going for here. Now this may not be an authentic mezzotint, but it's going to be an interesting effect. That's what we're after. One way we are certainly not going to create the mezzotint is by using Photoshop's Mezzotint filter, because it really isn't very good. Let's just see what this would do to it though.

Beyond the Mezzotint filter

Mezzotint is an old printing technique and if you've seen the Wall Street Journal the way they used to reproduce their halftones is, I don't know it that's a mezzotint, but it's kind of reminiscent of the mezzotint like effect. That's where we're going for here. Now this may not be an authentic mezzotint, but it's going to be an interesting effect. That's what we're after. One way we are certainly not going to create the mezzotint is by using Photoshop's Mezzotint filter, because it really isn't very good. Let's just see what this would do to it though.

If I run this filter it's in the Pixelate group. I'd make it grayscale first. So let's say we do that, and then we do that. I'm not crazy about that. It's not very effective. It's always just a mush. So we need to control how we're making this mezzotint. So I'm going to set the image back to the way it was when we came in and to start out we're going to make the image black and white. Since I think most mezzotints would be monochromatic, and then we're going to limit the number of gray values by posterizing it.

Now how many gray values you choose is really going to depend upon the kind of image that you have. I think I'm going to with 10. It looked about right. When we posterize we get this nasty sort of choppy stuff that goes on around the different brakes and tone. And I'm going to try and alleviate that somewhat by applying a Gaussian Blur filter to the image. Just to be on the safe side I'm going to unlock that Background layer and Convert It for Smart Filters and then come and add a Gaussian Blur which would just smooth those edges.

I'm going to leave that at what it is 1.1. So now what I want to do is make a duplicate of this. So I'm going to come to the top of my layer stack and I'm going to hold down Command+Option+Shift+E or hold down my Alt key and choose Merge Visible, and that's going to merge everything on to that separate layer. Now at this point we really do need to flatten this or copy.

In fact, that's probably a good idea. So just to be on the safe side I want to come to duplicate this and I'm going to Duplicate Merged layers Only so that we get just that version, and then I'll make this into a grayscale and then from a grayscale we're going to go to a Bitmap. When we make it into a bitmap we'll use this method Diffusion Dither and it'd look like that. It looks weird when we make it into a bitmap, but now having made it into a bitmap when we turn it back into grayscale using our size ratio 1:1, that's the effect that we get.

So there is our end result achieved through a combination of making it monochrome, using the black and white adjustment layer, posterizing it to limit the number of gray values, blurring it to soften the edges around where those gray values transition from one to the other, stamping everything on to one layer, and then duplicating that as a separate image. Then when we'll got here what we did was we went to the Image menu and we chose Bitmap>Diffusion Dither and then from making into a bitmap we turned it back into grayscale and this is the effect that we get.

It may not be an authentic mezzotint, but I think it's a nice effect nonetheless.

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Photoshop for Designers: Textures

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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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