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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 we are going to see how we can take this rust texture, make it into a brush and then use that brush to paint over the type like this to get this degraded look. So first of all this is what I have done to the image to make it into a brush. I start now by applying a Find Edges filter to it. Actually the first that's not true, the first thing I do was I made it black and white using a Black & White Adjustment layer. Then I applied the Find Edges filter that's under the Filter menu>Stylize>Find Edges.
This is the picture that has a lot of edges. So it really works well in this context. And then to accentuate them further I am going to run the Sharpen edges filter. This is one of those sharpening filters. If it doesn't have any options you will either have it on like you done. So just choose that from the Sharpen group and that's going to do exactly what it says on the tin, it's going to sharpen the edges. Then I am going to boost the contrast a bit more using levels then I want to get rid of all gray values completely using Threshold but I am going to use Threshold once I have controlled how the contrast is being handled.
So I will do that and we go to all black or all white. Now I don't need the whole thing here. This image is 1200 pixels wide and we just want a section that's about 400 pixels square. So I am going to make a selection and in fact I can specify the size if that's important, and then we will take that bit and that's as good as any bit. So now I am going to copy that from the image layer Command or Ctrl+J.We will come and turn the original image layer off and what I want to do next let's zoom-in on that is I want the white pixels to become transparent.
So I am going to press W to select my Magic Wand tool, turn the Tolerance all the way down and I am going to click on any black pixel, and then I will make that into a layer mask. So you can just now see we have the checkerboard instead of the white and that's important because we don't want to capture the white, we don't want that actually to become part of the brush. I will then press Command and click on that layer mask selection so we have the marching ants, and then I am going to select the image layer first then we can come to Edit>Define Brush Preset. All right! I am not going to do that because I have already done it.
Now we switch over to our starting document, which is exactly the same except it doesn't have the rust texture in the type. So firstly, you can guess what I am going to do next because I have done it in just about every movie in this title. I am going to make a layer mask and I am then going to choose my Brush tool and I'm actually not going to choose my rust brush because this is the take away point from this movie. Here we are using a Dual Brush.
The problem is the way I sampled it and the problem with sampling many brushes is they are a defined shape and we don't want them to be a defined shape. So what we are going to do is we are going to use another brush. I am going to use a Round Brush as the host for my rust brush; this is called a Dual Brush. So I am going to choose Soft Round as my brush and I'll bring the Size down to a good size that going to cover the white of the different parts of the letters, and then I am going to come over to my Brush panel and click on Dual Brush.
Now I need to find and it's very conveniently found it for me only because I was practicing before I got to do this but it's not going to find it for you so you would need to hunt and peck in this list and unfortunately you can't change this list to display as a text list so you just need to find it and a good way to look for it is by it's pixel dimensions. Anyway that's the rust brush right there and what I want to do with this I want to change the Spacing to 100% so it doesn't stop overlapping itself and that's all I want to change but that's important the Spacing.
So I can now dismiss that and then painting in black. I am just going to start nibbling away in my type and maybe I can go bigger with the brush. Let's make a little more of the type and I can also change the Opacity of the brush. Let's knock it down a bit. It's a very satisfying way to do it. It's not the only way to achieve this kind of effect but it's a very fun way. All right! Now, it gets better that that though because what we can now do is we can apply a Bevel and Emboss to the layer.
Now look what happens when it turn on these layer effects right here. Not only are we embossing the type we are also embossing the texture that is within the type. I am going to turn that off and then turn it back on again. So let's just go and have a look at what we get going on here, just a basic Bevel and Emboss, nothing fancy about it. I have changed the colors for the Highlight mode and the Shadow mode to sample the color that's actually in the image itself but aside from that not much going on. In fact, I could maybe amped up it up a bit by increasing the Size or maybe not.
No, I think I like it where it is, maybe increase the Depth that's what I am after. And that rust really becomes a part of that type. There were two points to this movie. We painted it as a Dual Brush, and then we applied a layer effect to it, one does not depend upon the other. I have just happened to have combined them.
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