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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.
Since many of the lynda.com videos are fueled by caffeine and it seems only appropriate that we should create ourselves of a coffee ring brush. Coffee rings like snowflakes everyone is an individual. So I've made several coffee rings on quite a porous piece of paper, I'm going to select one of them, and then we can apply this in any way we like. Obviously it's a bit of a visual cliche, but it's kind of fun nonetheless. Now I have pre-prepared some of this, let me just show you what I've done.
I have isolated the one that I want which is that one, I've made it to grayscale which is by applying a Black & White Adjustment layer, boosted the contrast with a Levels adjustment layer and move the sliders like this, black and white points towards the center to dramatically increase the contrast. So now what I'm going to do is come back to layer 1 and then up to the Select menu and to Color Range and I'm now going to just move my eye dropper on to the coffee ring stain itself and click on that and hold on the Shift key and click on the other bits.
Now I am getting this little area up here which is part of a paper, I don't want that so I am going to hold down the Alt key and click on that to try and remove it. and that looks fine, you know I do have a little bit of extra stuff that I might not want, so let me just get my Lasso tool and holding down the Alt key, I will just draw around that to remove that from the selection. So there is the Active selection but we are going to base our Sample brush on, come to the Edit menu, Define Brush Preset call it coffeering, click okay.
Now let's see how we can use this. Here is a document we will be seeing later on when we come to use the tool dual brush to place some texture to the text. But I figure this could also benefit from a coffee ring or two. And we already have some textures in the corners, created using a corner brush, but I'm going to create a new layer at the top of my layer stack and I'll call this coffee ring, then choose my Brush told and choose and my Sample brush.
I will make black my foreground color and then just stamp a few of those. Now of course if you really want these to look plausible you need to sample more than one because obviously they look repetitious the way they are. It's nice the way that they buildup on each other. So if you have a few of these you can really play around and have a lot fun with them. I am going to go one more step here and I'm going to create a new layer above them and on the get out the brush tool, I am going to choose on a drag brown for my foreground color and lighter brown for my background color, holding down the Command key to select the background color.
So dark brown, light brown, foreground, background color and let's see that layer panel again and then what I am going to do here is come to the Filter menu and choose Render>Clouds. So its going to render clouds using my foreground and background colors, if I don't like that I can just keep pressing Command or Ctrl+F till I get a pattern I like let's say I like that one and now what I am going to do is I am going to my clip this to my coffee rings, holding down the Option or Alt key.
So that cloudy color, the dark brown, light brown now actually colors the coffee rings samples that we have got on our background. So the whole process started out with just literally making coffee rings on porous paper, photographing or scanning that. Then selecting the one that you want or the ones that you, want boosting their contrast, sampling just the areas that you want to capture as the brush and then painting with the brush and there is a final touch we rendered some clouds and then use these clouds to apply the color or a hint at least of the color to the coffee ring shape.
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