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Creating a line drawing with the Fragment filter

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Video: Creating a line drawing with the Fragment filter

Here I'm going to use the Fragment filter to achieve this line drawing effect that we see on the right-hand side. Let's take a look at the finished version. All we need to do is apply fragment, and the key here is that we apply the Fragment filter with the Divide Blend mode. So, to the beginning file. This version is a little bit murky looking. So before I get to apply fragment, I want to brighten things up a bit. I'm going to convert my layer to a Smart Object, and then apply a Shadows Highlight adjustment. Now, Shadows Highlight is not strictly a filter.

Creating a line drawing with the Fragment filter

Here I'm going to use the Fragment filter to achieve this line drawing effect that we see on the right-hand side. Let's take a look at the finished version. All we need to do is apply fragment, and the key here is that we apply the Fragment filter with the Divide Blend mode. So, to the beginning file. This version is a little bit murky looking. So before I get to apply fragment, I want to brighten things up a bit. I'm going to convert my layer to a Smart Object, and then apply a Shadows Highlight adjustment. Now, Shadows Highlight is not strictly a filter.

But when you apply it to a Smart Object, that's how it behaves. I'm going to open up the shadows by 50%. And you can see there we have Shadows Highlight now listed as a Smart filter, and I can revisit that. I can just as I can with any filter, I can change the blending mode of that, etc. I'm now going to duplicated that layer, Cmd+J, and I will delete the Shadows Highlight from the top most copy, and then go and apply the Fragment filter.

Which is in the pixelate group. That doesn't look very promising. But as soon as I double-click on the Filter Blending mode button and change that to divide, we get this interesting effect. Now we need to refine this a little bit. What I would like to do is have some of the color version show through. So, I'm going to add a layer mask to the topmost layer, and then choose my brush. And I'm working with one of these natural media brushes. I'll use that one.

And then, I'm going to come to my Brushes panel, where I just want to change the angle of the brush. Simply because I think it works better at this angle for this image. And then, increase the size of that brush. And then painting in black, I can reveal some of the color of the original layer beneath. Now, we have some taxis down in the bottom right-hand corner. And it is a law that whenever you have a yellow taxi in an image, you have to reveal them as being yellow taxis. So, I'm going to do that.

We now see that in the line drawing, I've still got some residual color, which I'd like to remove. So, I will do that by adding a Black and White Adjustment layer. But of course, that's also now making everything black and white. I'll come and fix that in just a moment. I'm going to use the maximum black preset to make those lines stronger. And then, I'm going to limit the effect of this adjustment layer by holding down the Option or Alt key. And clicking on the line that separates it from the layer below, making it into a Clipping Mask.

And there is our effect. So essentially, it's all about using the Fragment filter in the Divide Blend mode.

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Photoshop for Designers: Filters

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Nigel French
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  1. 1m 45s
    1. Welcome
      1m 3s
    2. Using the exercise files
      42s
  2. 18m 6s
    1. Designing with filters
      1m 25s
    2. Terms, keyboard shortcuts, and menus
      6m 47s
    3. The importance of Smart Filters
      2m 50s
    4. Understanding filter blend modes
      1m 47s
    5. Using filter masks
      1m 49s
    6. The stacking order of filters
      3m 28s
  3. 24m 1s
    1. Sharpening overview
      4m 17s
    2. Unsharp Mask and Smart Sharpen
      4m 22s
    3. Sharpening with Vivid Light and Surface Blur
      4m 51s
    4. Sharpening with Gaussian Blur
      5m 38s
    5. High-pass sharpening
      1m 41s
    6. Sharpening and line art
      3m 12s
  4. 28m 26s
    1. Using Field Blur to vary focus in a scene
      3m 22s
    2. Using Iris Blur to accentuate a foreground
      3m 9s
    3. Using Iris Blur with the Bokeh effect
      2m 57s
    4. Creating an abstract bokeh background
      3m 38s
    5. Creating a tilt-shift effect
      4m 27s
    6. Creating a blur effect with Motion Blur and Puppet Warp
      6m 31s
    7. Using Motion Blur to create a starburst effect
      2m 9s
    8. Creating a radial blur
      2m 13s
  5. 45m 57s
    1. An overview of the Filter Gallery
      3m 44s
    2. Beyond the Colored Pencil
      4m 47s
    3. Using the Cutout filter: Part one
      9m 50s
    4. Using the Cutout filter: Part two
      4m 46s
    5. Using the Cutout filter: Part three
      6m 48s
    6. The Dry Brush filter
      2m 48s
    7. Looking at the Fresco filter
      4m 31s
    8. Turning on the neon
      5m 32s
    9. Using the Poster Edges filter
      3m 11s
  6. 20m 21s
    1. The Angled Strokes filter
      3m 32s
    2. The Crosshatch filter
      4m 24s
    3. The Ink Outlines filter
      7m 15s
    4. Sumi-e
      5m 10s
  7. 27m 1s
    1. Creating a circular image with the Polar Coordinates filter
      8m 7s
    2. Applying distort filters to shape layers
      7m 19s
    3. Creating marbled paper with the Wave filter
      7m 46s
    4. Creating Art Nouveau type with the ZigZag filter
      3m 49s
  8. 30m 34s
    1. Using the Color Halftone filter
      3m 59s
    2. Using Color Halftone for a black-and-white halftone effect
      4m 17s
    3. Creating a line drawing with the Fragment filter
      3m 0s
    4. Creating an authentic mezzotint
      9m 31s
    5. Creating a misregistration effect
      2m 15s
    6. Experimenting with pointillist techniques
      7m 32s
  9. 30m 19s
    1. Creating a woodgrain effect with Fibers
      3m 16s
    2. Distressing a photo with Fibers and Difference Clouds
      7m 56s
    3. Creating synthetic textures with the Clouds filter
      2m 25s
    4. Adding drama with Lens Flare
      6m 27s
    5. Using Lighting Effects with a texture map
      5m 44s
    6. Creating a patchwork effect
      4m 31s
  10. 49m 28s
    1. Combining Bas Relief with Lighting Effects
      8m 8s
    2. Creating a charcoal portrait
      3m 54s
    3. Making it shine with the Chrome filter
      5m 47s
    4. Creating a portrait with the Graphic Pen filter
      4m 5s
    5. Creating a circular halftone effect
      5m 12s
    6. Creating a line halftone effect with a displacement map
      4m 35s
    7. Creating a scan-line effect
      4m 58s
    8. Creating a hand-painted look using the Photocopy filter
      7m 19s
    9. Creating a "cut paper collage" using the Stamp filter
      5m 30s
  11. 38m 39s
    1. Creating a painterly look with the Diffuse filter
      4m 26s
    2. Using the Find Edges filter to create a line drawing
      3m 49s
    3. Combining the Find Edges filter with hand painting
      8m 22s
    4. Creating a glowing-edges effect
      4m 15s
    5. Creating effective solarizations
      2m 42s
    6. Creative use of the Tiles and Offset filters
      8m 11s
    7. Creating a line drawing with the Trace Contour filter
      6m 54s
  12. 20m 44s
    1. Straightening perspective with Adaptive Wide Angle
      4m 45s
    2. Combining Lens Correction and Adaptive Wide Angle
      2m 31s
    3. Suggestions for working with the Oil Paint filter
      5m 24s
    4. A simple application of the Vanishing Point filter
      3m 40s
    5. Combining the Liquify and Vanishing Point filters
      4m 24s
  13. 1m 56s
    1. Third-party filters and beyond
      1m 56s

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