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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 we have a fictional record cover, remember records and this record has been played so many times that you can see its outline coming through the record cover and that's what we're going to do using some texture and we're going to do that using a Pattern Fill layer. So I'm going to switch over to our starting file which looks like this. It's just a very simple piece constructed with several Shape layers. First of all, I'm going to add a layer of Noise just to give a bit of texture to these jigsaw pieces in the foreground.
Let's call it Noise. I'm going to make the Blend mode of this Overlay, Fill with Overlay-neutral color. That's going to look like that and it's looking like that because it's inside the group, I need to drag it outside the group and now it's having no visual effect whatsoever, because it's a Overlay neutral gray and I'm now going to come to the Filter menu and choose Noise> Add Noise and let's add quite a lot, probably more and I would really about I just want to make sure that you can see it when you are looking on a small screen, so if we zoom in, we can see we have got some texture there.
Next, what I want to do and this is main event here is I want to add a pattern layer. Now it's very rare that I do this, but it works just great in this particular context and the Pattern that I'm going to choose is one called Fibers. Now if I don't see Fibers and I don't, it's because it's not in one of my loaded patterns and it is a part of the Grayscale Paper pattern set. So I'm going to choose that and rather then append this, I'm going to click OK to replace the existing patterns.
Fibers 1 is what I'm off to and I'm going to click OK and it would look like that. Now I'm going to fill its layer Mask with black. Black is currently my background color, so I'm going to press Command+Delete or Ctrl+Backspace key. Now what I'm going to do is call into action a couple of pen paths I already have in this file. I just drew these using the Ellipse tool and I drew them in this mode.
So they end up as paths and I've saved them. I've got one for the circumference of the record and then one for its inner ring. I'll turn this one on first of all. Now all I'm using this for is just as a visual guide and nothing more, so I'm going to make sure that white is my foreground color, choose a brush, nice big brush and I want it to be soft as well and then within an Opacity down somewhere, let's down off around just 27 % say, and then I'm just going to tab in around and that's way too much.
So I've got a brush size that is too big and I'm going to turn that down and I'm going to turn my Brush Opacity down a bit as well. So now I'm just going to sweep around in the corners a bit, something like that, so we're bringing in some of that texture. I'll come to my Path panel, I'll turn on the smaller circle and I'll do much the same thing and I just do suggest that this album by the sadly undiscovered band, the missing pieces is at least for person so popular that it gets played so often and we can just see the impression of the record coming through on the jacket and that's the effect that we get.
Now if that's a little bit too strong, we can come and adjust the Opacity on the Layout just to turn it down a bit. So there's just one example of something that we can do with a Pattern Fill layer combined with a layer Mask and in this case using these two pen paths just for visual guidance.
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