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Creating artistic edges with Multiply and Screen

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Video: Creating artistic edges with Multiply and Screen

This next technique is one of my all time favorites and that's adding an Edge effect to an image to make a little bit more interesting. So here I have just a regular background image here, it can be any image, and what I have done is brought in an edge file, a file that I want to use to create a custom Edge effect. Now these Edge effects can be anything. It's a black against a white background and that black could be ink, it could be paint, it could be charcoal, it could be pencil, whatever. Just take a piece of white paper or canvas, whatever you want really and just drag out some sort of effect with your materials here. You can take pictures of something.

Creating artistic edges with Multiply and Screen

This next technique is one of my all time favorites and that's adding an Edge effect to an image to make a little bit more interesting. So here I have just a regular background image here, it can be any image, and what I have done is brought in an edge file, a file that I want to use to create a custom Edge effect. Now these Edge effects can be anything. It's a black against a white background and that black could be ink, it could be paint, it could be charcoal, it could be pencil, whatever. Just take a piece of white paper or canvas, whatever you want really and just drag out some sort of effect with your materials here. You can take pictures of something.

It really doesn't matter. You can create these yourself, there are tons of websites out there that distribute this type of stuff, there are products you can buy, or you can buy these edge files. The point being is that it's not that hard to get your own custom edge file. Once you've got it scanned or you take a picture of it, you bring it in the Photoshop and drag into this document or the document you want to use it in as its own layer. Now in this particular example, the edge file is not the same size as the image size. That's not too big of a problem here. We'll just Free Transform it and make it fit this particular file. To do that Command+T or Ctrl+T, puts a bounding box around that Edge layer, and we'll just go ahead and drag the handles out to the edge of the document until it fits. So real easy transformation here. We'll kind of make sure we fine-tune that there once we get it the way we want, press Enter and this now matches.

Now the trick is that you want your areas that are going to be hidden through black to be absolute black and the area that you want to show through and the white areas you want them to be absolute white. So depending on how you created this file, whether it's paint or you took a picture of it or whatever, and scanned it, you need to make sure that you force these to be absolute black and absolute white. Well, the easiest way to do that is to use your good friend Levels. Command+L or Ctrl+L to open up the Levels dialog box and then very quickly we are just going to click once on the Black Eyedropper and take our mouse into the image and click where you know something is supposed to be absolute black. One click forces that to happen. We'll get the White Eyedropper, and again we'll click in the image where you know something supposed to be white, and that forces those pixels to be white, and it leaves some nice gray pixels along the way, so you get nice soft edges. Go ahead and click OK.

Now it's just a matter of hiding the black stuff and keeping the white stuff, or the reverse depending on what Edge effect you want. Since we have primarily black in the middle and white on the outside, which blend mode ignores black? That would be one of the Lighten blend modes. So I'm going to try Screen. All these blend modes ignore dark pixels and there we have our Edge effect where the Screen blend mode is ignoring all the black pixels on that layer. The white pixels are already as white as they can be, so they don't make anything underneath them whiter, but I get left with this nice white Edge effect.

Now if I want the opposite of this, it's virtual. It's something that can be changed on the fly. I'm just going to invert my layer, Command+I or Ctrl+I, and I get the opposite of that, but now I don't have the right area being screened. So what blend mode ignores white pixels? The opposite of Screen is Multiply so we'll choose Multiply instead and sure enough I get the opposite effect. So with every edge file you create, you actually get two versions of the Edge effect basically for free. Right? Just invert the layer and switch the blend mode to get the opposite effect. So real easy Edge effects by using a custom edge file that's pretty easy to create and then just using the Multiply or Screen blend modes.

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Photoshop Blend Mode Magic

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  1. 2m 25s
    1. Welcome
      1m 33s
    2. Using the exercise files
      52s
  2. 13m 9s
    1. The three kinds of blending in Photoshop
      1m 49s
    2. Blend modes, blend modes, everywhere!
      1m 38s
    3. Cycling through the blending modes
      2m 1s
    4. Three blending modes you must know
      5m 8s
    5. Blending mode keyboard shortcuts
      2m 33s
  3. 3m 13s
    1. Roughening or pointilizing edges with Dissolve
      3m 13s
  4. 34m 40s
    1. Removing halos with Darken
      2m 26s
    2. Bringing down hot highlights with Multiply
      3m 50s
    3. Tonal correction with Screen and Multiply
      3m 35s
    4. Combining adjustment layers with blending modes
      3m 58s
    5. Creating a composite from a single Camera Raw file
      5m 56s
    6. Creating a cast shadow with Multiply
      4m 50s
    7. Creating artistic edges with Multiply and Screen
      3m 39s
    8. From iPhone to Photoshop: Colorizing line art with Multiply
      6m 26s
  5. 14m 47s
    1. Removing dust spots with Lighten
      1m 36s
    2. Adding lightning to a sky with Screen
      3m 20s
    3. Adding a lens flare effect with Screen
      2m 27s
    4. Reducing halos when sharpening with Lighten
      3m 55s
    5. Creating a faint soft-edged line drawing with Linear Dodge
      3m 29s
  6. 1h 5m
    1. Using Dodge and Burn with Overlay
      4m 34s
    2. Reducing wrinkles with Overlay
      6m 37s
    3. Using graduated neutral density filters with Overlay
      5m 32s
    4. Custom vignettes with Overlay
      3m 30s
    5. High-Pass sharpening with Overlay
      4m 16s
    6. Smoothing skin with High-Pass sharpening and Overlay
      5m 29s
    7. Textured patterns with Overlay
      6m 21s
    8. Textured type with Overlay
      2m 55s
    9. Creating a dramatic diffused glow with Overlay
      2m 49s
    10. Creating a subtle glow with Soft Light
      2m 57s
    11. Creating a medium glow with Soft Light
      4m 25s
    12. Simulating film grain with Add Noise and Soft Light
      3m 54s
    13. Recovering detail in over-saturated areas with Pin Light
      8m 30s
    14. Creating 80's pop art with Hard Mix and Multiply
      3m 15s
  7. 5m 7s
    1. Aligning layers with Difference
      5m 7s
  8. 12m 51s
    1. Reducing color noise with Color
      2m 13s
    2. Avoiding false saturation with Luminosity
      5m 33s
    3. Recovering detail in blown-out highlights with Luminosity
      5m 5s
  9. 26m 27s
    1. Getting better sepia tones
      5m 15s
    2. Using antique color effects
      5m 5s
    3. Combining multiple exposures
      4m 34s
    4. Replacing the sky in an image
      3m 44s
    5. Splitting edges when sharpening
      3m 15s
    6. Displacing type around contours
      4m 34s
  10. 22s
    1. Goodbye
      22s

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