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Creating filter effects with Darken

From: Photoshop Masking and Compositing: Advanced Blending

Video: Creating filter effects with Darken

In this exercise, we will explore a couple filtering effects that rely on the Darken Blend mode. I have restored the same version of Darken demo.psd found inside the 04_darken folder, and I am going to turn off the model layer and click on the water layer to select it. Now notice that the water is pretty bright and I actually brightened it up a bit using a layer effect. To see that effect, go ahead and click the down pointing arrow head to expand the effects and then double-click on Color Overlay to bring up the Layer style dialog box. And you'll see all it is, is a white overlay. That's it.

Creating filter effects with Darken

In this exercise, we will explore a couple filtering effects that rely on the Darken Blend mode. I have restored the same version of Darken demo.psd found inside the 04_darken folder, and I am going to turn off the model layer and click on the water layer to select it. Now notice that the water is pretty bright and I actually brightened it up a bit using a layer effect. To see that effect, go ahead and click the down pointing arrow head to expand the effects and then double-click on Color Overlay to bring up the Layer style dialog box. And you'll see all it is, is a white overlay. That's it.

So if I was to change the Opacity to 100%, the entire layer would turn white, which is why I reduce the Opacity to 35% and that just ended up boosting all the colors. Reason I did that was to keep things nice and bright so I could better demonstrate how those darken modes work. Anyway, it's just another way to brighten the layer. I am going to cancel out of that dialog box and I am going to turn off that effect because I don't want it for this demo. And then I'm going to click of the fly-out menu icon and choose Convert to Smart Object. In order to turn this into a smart object, so I can apply smart filters.

Now let's say what I want to do is I want to fill in some of the whites in the water here. And I want to do so using a Blur effect, so we get kind of color softness going on. However, I don't want to lose the detail in the water. Well, I'd go up to the Filter menu, choose Blur and then choose Gaussian Blur. And in this case, I decided to take the Radius up to 10 pixels, but you can play around with out to see what works. Then click OK and next, drop down to this little slider icon right there, double-click on it in order to bring up the Blending Options dialog box.

Smart filters are another instance where you have access to the entire list of those same 27 blend modes that are available to you in the Layers panel. And I am going to go ahead and choose Darken, in order to keep those blurred pixels that are darker than the original pixels. So in other words, if the blurred pixels are darker, we are seeing them; if the original pixels are darker, we are seeing them instead. Now as a result, we are seeing an awful lot of detail inside of this water. I will go ahead and click OK in order to accept that modification. And so that's just one example; you can try that out all kinds of different images.

It tends to be quite useful for diffusion effects, especially on backgrounds. All right! Let's check out another one. I am going to go ahead and turn on the model layer and click on it to make it active. Let's convert it to a smart object as well by clicking on the fly-out menu icon and choosing Convert to Smart Object or if you've loaded dekeKeys, you can press Ctrl+Comma or Command+Comma on the Mac. And now I am going to go up to the Filter menu, choose Pixelate and choose a filter that I don't use very often, Mosaic. And if you know anything about this filter, what it does is exactly what you're seeing. It pixelates the image which can be useful on a practical basis, if you're trying to make somebody in the background unrecognizable, for example, you don't have a model release on somebody that you photographed.

There's a behind some people that you do have model releases for. So you just go ahead and pixelate their eyes or their facial features that second kind of thing and Mosaic is the way to pull that off. I have set the Cell Size to 32 square. What that means is 32 pixels by 32 pixels square, for each one of these big pixels and then I'll click OK in order to accept that effect. Now in this case, I do want this to be an effect, I want the detail from the model to show through. So I'll go ahead and double-click on the slider icon in order to bring up the Blending Options dialog box and once again, change the mode from Normal to Darken and we end up with this effect here, which I think is pretty becoming.

I will go ahead and click OK. Now imagine at this point, I will go ahead and zoom in here a little. I want to achieve some scalloped edges around the square. So I want these squares to have a little bit of roundness associated with them. So I will go back up to the Filter menu, choose the Noise command this time and then choose Medium. And I ended up arriving at a Radius value that is one quarter the value I entered into the Mosaic dialog box. So I entered 32 before, this time around I change the radius to 32 divided by 8 pixels.

The math doesn't really matter that much, but I ended up liking the effect. So I will go ahead and click OK in order to apply the command. And then once again, we don't want to rub out all the detail in the underlying originals. So double-click on the slider icon to bring up the Blending Options dialog box and switch the mode from Normal to Darken in order to bring that detail back. Click OK. Now at this point, I figured she was sort of this computer rendering. So I ought to introduce some circuit board green and I did that by dropping down to the fx icon and choosing Color Overlay and not surprisingly, I decide change the Blend Mode for this effect to Darken and by default, you are going to get this highly saturated very bright red effect.

Click on the right color swatch to bring up the Color Picker dialog box and then change the Hue value to 90 degrees like so. And then click OK and click OK again and we arrive at this final effect, which given the small amount of work we put into it, I think it's quite successful. And what's more amazing is it relies on two smart filters and a layer effect all of which are set to the Darken blend mode.

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  1. 1m 43s
    1. Welcome
      1m 43s
  2. 33m 15s
    1. When in doubt, blend
      2m 20s
    2. Where to find blending options
      4m 10s
    3. 27 blend modes, 6 groups
      4m 23s
    4. Opacity vs. Fill Opacity
      4m 41s
    5. The "Fill Opacity Eight"
      4m 59s
    6. Blending adjustment layers
      4m 43s
    7. Blend mode shortcuts
      7m 59s
  3. 27m 3s
    1. The power of standardized arithmetic
      6m 58s
    2. Photoshop's blending formulas
      5m 27s
    3. Darken formulas vs. lighten formulas
      4m 15s
    4. Contrast mode formulas
      7m 28s
    5. Inversion, cancelation, and HSL
      2m 55s
  4. 17m 50s
    1. Normal mode vs. Dissolve mode
      2m 11s
    2. Making a dynamic Dissolve effect
      2m 21s
    3. Creating a Dissolve text effect
      4m 48s
    4. The Behind and Clear modes
      3m 2s
    5. Filling a stroke with Behind and Clear
      5m 28s
  5. 43m 24s
    1. Darken vs. Darken Color
      4m 25s
    2. Creating filter effects with Darken
      5m 0s
    3. The Multiply and Burn modes
      6m 27s
    4. Cleaning up scanned line art
      7m 30s
    5. Comping line art against a photo
      5m 12s
    6. Colorizing comped line art
      5m 14s
    7. Masking with a darken mode
      3m 59s
    8. Refining a mask with Multiply
      5m 37s
  6. 33m 36s
    1. Lighten vs. Lighter Color
      2m 29s
    2. Creating filter effects with Lighten
      2m 47s
    3. The Screen and Dodge modes
      4m 35s
    4. Blending white type, darkening shadows
      3m 2s
    5. Creating a classic double-exposure effect
      3m 49s
    6. Making dark line art bright
      5m 11s
    7. Masking with a lighten mode
      5m 4s
    8. Refine, filter, and blend
      6m 39s
  7. 35m 18s
    1. Overlay, Soft Light, and Hard Light
      5m 2s
    2. Vivid, Linear, and Pin Light
      4m 2s
    3. The amazing Hard Mix mode
      3m 51s
    4. Two variations on a single mode
      5m 37s
    5. Adding clarity with a contrast mode
      4m 9s
    6. Creating a glowing, soft-focus effect
      3m 38s
    7. Blending an image with a paper texture
      4m 11s
    8. Turning flesh into stone
      4m 48s
  8. 18m 10s
    1. Difference, Exclusion, Subtract, and Divide
      7m 7s
    2. Comparing seemingly identical images
      3m 25s
    3. Creating type that inverts any background
      3m 30s
    4. Making inversion type black and white
      4m 8s
  9. 16m 57s
    1. Luminosity, Color, Hue, and Saturation
      3m 29s
    2. Colorizing artwork with layers
      7m 24s
    3. Correcting skin tones with Hue
      6m 4s
  10. 14m 57s
    1. Using the This Layer slider option
      6m 44s
    2. Using the Underlying Layer slider option
      3m 16s
    3. Achieving greater control with Blend If
      4m 57s
  11. 48s
    1. Next steps
      48s

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