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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 this example, we are creating a sandwich of blend modes and we are also using the displace filter. I have this ornament which has been created from a shape layer and then saved as a smart object and we want to blend this onto the crumpled paper background. And in order to do that I have a copy of the background at the bottom of my layer stack I have a copy of the background at the top of my layer stack. I am changing the blend mode of the ornament itself.
I have a copy of the texture of the crumpled paper texture being used as a layer mask on that ornament. In addition to that we have also applied a copy of this crumpled paper texture as a Displacement map. So let's see how this works. I'm going to come to the starting point and first thing I'll do is change the blend mode of that to Multiply and that right there is allowing some of the texture to come through. Then I'm going to come to the background layer and I'm going to just brighten it up a bit by applying a Levels adjustment layer and also make it a bit warmer by using a Color Balance to go slightly more to Yellow.
Then I am going to copy that layer and coming to select the crumpled paper layer command+J, or Ctrl+J to copy it drag that copy above to the top of the layer stack and make it's blend mode Overlay. There is the before and there is the after and you'll see with each of the steps we are bringing in more of the texture to the ornament itself. Now I'm going to hide all layers above the background layer. Come to my Channels panel Command+Click, or Ctrl+Click on the RGB channel to load the grayscale values.
Return to my layers where I'll Alt+Click on the Eyeball of the one visible layer to turn them back on. Come to my ornament layer and make that active selection into a layer mask and it will look like that. Now that's going to fade the image quite considerably, because there are too many gray values in that layer mask. So I'm going to now increase the contrast on that. Command+L, or Ctrl+L will bring up my Levels where I'm going to get the White point slider and drag that over towards the center.
And now if I hold down my Shift key and click on that there is the before there is the after. And it's not having a whole lot of effect as we actually obliterated most of it, but you can see down here and up in the top left it is strengthening some of the folds. So let's have that turned on. Finally, what I'm going to do is click onto the layer itself. I'm now going to run a displacement map, so I'm going to come to the Filter menu and down to Distort and then choose Displace.
Exactly how much you choose to displace it's going to really depend up on the nature of the image that you're working with, but I'm going to displace by 5%. And then when I click OK I need to find the image that I want to displace my layer with and that image is a copy of the crumpledpaper has to be saved as a PSD file. So I am going to click Open that's what it looks like and you can see that its roughening up the edges and it's helping to work in the edges of our pattern onto the crumpled paper.
And if that is the wrong amount of Displacement if we want more or less, because we've applied this as a smart filter we can just double-click on that and return to it here and let's see what it would look like if we had say 7. We have to choose the image again I think that's probably a bit too much I'm going to go back to how it was. I'm pressing Command+Z, or Ctrl+Z and we'll go back to a displacement of 5. So there is our end result we've got an overlay blend mode at the top.
This is itself set to multiply. We've got a layer mask applied to that layer, and then we've also run a displace filter on it and as a result is really integrated nicely into a crumpled paper background.
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