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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.
Here I have a grungy effects achieved by blending a text image on to a photograph of Battersea Power Station. Now I'm using the Multiply Blend mode here for this group that contains the texture along with a couple of adjustment layers, but the point I really want to emphasize with this is that we can get a different result when we apply blending modes to groups than we can necessarily get when we apply blending modes to individual layers. Also you'll notice that there is a layer mask applied to the group rather then to the individual layers and this is way of allowing us to mask multiple layers in one go.
So I'm going to come now to the starting stage which is two layers one on top of the other and one is the texture and one is the image of the Power Station. So what I'm going to do first of all is I'm going to select this and see what we get when we make it multiply. Okay, well that maybe just for you after I think it's a bit too much, so I'm going to need to make some adjustments to this. Now, I only want the texture from the texture layer, I don't want the color as well. So I'm going to add black and white adjustment layer.
I know that I want to limit this to adjust the texture so I'm holding down the Option or Alt key when I choose that and I'm choosing that option Use Previous layer to Create Clipping Mask. And now the texture is in black and white and that is being super imposed onto the image. Well, that's okay but I would like to go further still. I'd like to really bring out the black and white quality of this texture. Right now, it's a bit too flat so I'm going to add a Levels adjustments to it and get my white points and I don't bring that way over to the centre and I'll bring the black point slider into the centre a bit as well.
Now we know that the Multiply Blend mode will neutralize white, so all of this stuff that I have now made white, when we see it against the image that's just going to fall away. On the other hand, if we wanted to neutralize black which is going to be interesting I know this one what we want, but if we did one neutralize the black we could go to the screen and you'll see a little black parts of the texture now fall away and that's you know I'm start to reconsider this already that that looks quite interesting I think it looks like the remnant of the tone poster.
But let me continue with the original intent and that is to work with the Multiply Blend mode. Now what I'm going to do is I'm going to selects these layers that collectively make up the texture and put them into a group Command+G or Ctrl+G, and then I'm actually going to come and change the blend mode of the texture back to Normal, but change the blend mode of the group to Multiply. Okay, we want to further integrate the two and here is a useful trick. I'm going to use the grayscale values of the image itself as a layer mask for the group.
So I need to turn off all the other layers so that all see is the image itself, and then I can come to the Channels panel where I'm going to hold down my Command key or Ctrl key and click on the RGB the composite channel to load the selection of the image. then I'm going to come back to layers and to the group where I'll make that into a layer mask. So if I look at the layer mask it's looks that's the grayscale version of the image and if we disable that, that's how it looks before and the blacks it's just a bit too strong, but when we Shift+Click on that that's how it looks now.
And in addition to this we might also just want to bring down the Opacity on that, so that we can not overwhelm the background image. So two interesting points here, the first is that you can change the blend mode of the group rather then the individual layers to get a different effect and you can apply a layer mask to a group rather then two individual layers.
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