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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's a very simple and effective technique where essentially we are going use the lines of the image as its texture. We will also see some of the original texture in the background as well. This originally began looking like this, nice picture of a flower, but I think it's much more interesting like this. I got from this to the finish state, in this way we applied a Find Edges filter, turned it to black and white, so we just have the black line and then on top that, we put a copy of the layer and then paint it through on a layer Mask and the overall effect is that one.
I am using I bristled brush when painting through, but you can use any kind of the brush you like, vary the opacity, vary the size of your brush, vary the length of your strokes and you can get some really interesting and very unique results. I am going to switch now to the starting file which is in the Exercise folders, if you are a premium subscriber. This is just the image by itself. I am going to begin by converting this for Smart Filters. I am then going to come down to Stylized and choose Find Edges, no options for that filter, it just finds the edges.
Next, I'm going to make it black and white using a Black & White adjustment layer and next, I'm going to copy the original image layer, select it, press Command+J or Ctrl+J, put that copy at the top of a layer stack, throw away the Smart Filter that came with it and now add a layer Mask to it and then on that layer Mask, choose your Brush tool. I'm going to be painting in white. Make sure that white is your foreground color.
So I am first of all going to fill the mask with black. Black is currently my background color, which means that if I Press Command+Delete or Ctrl+Backspace key that will fill the layer Mask with Black. White is my foreground color now, my Brush tool and I am going to come and choose a Bristled Brush and I am using this first one here and now when I pick up the stylus of my tablet, we can see we get the bristled brush preview thing over here.
If you want to get rid of it, you can just click on that X right there. I will leave it there for the moment and now I am just going to so paint in and as I do this, I will be varying my Brush Opacity, I am currently at 60%, but let's go down to say 30. I am also possibly going to be varying my Brush Size, right bracket. More important than making nice pictures of pretty flowers is the essential component that we see here of painting through a layer to reveal the texture and the color of layers beneath and you can apply this technique to any filter whatsoever and it's incredibly powerful when you've got an infinite range of options for what you can do with it.
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