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Creating a shatter effect

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Video: Creating a shatter effect

So in this first of a series of movies about working with sample brushes I'm going to be creating or re-creating this dramatic shatter image and this is going to be derived from this picture of a shattered window on which I've really forces the contrast and makes the shatter areas almost white and the background pretty much black. Something to bare in mind when creating sample brushes is that there is a maximum size of 2500 pixels square. The images that we're going to be working with here are about 1200 pixels at there maximum dimension.

Creating a shatter effect

So in this first of a series of movies about working with sample brushes I'm going to be creating or re-creating this dramatic shatter image and this is going to be derived from this picture of a shattered window on which I've really forces the contrast and makes the shatter areas almost white and the background pretty much black. Something to bare in mind when creating sample brushes is that there is a maximum size of 2500 pixels square. The images that we're going to be working with here are about 1200 pixels at there maximum dimension.

When you are working with a sample brush, typically you want to work with it you want to paint with it at the resolution that you sampled at. Some textures will be more for giving and you can go smaller, few will allow you to go to larger and get a good result. So I am going to come to the Select menu and to Color Range and pretty much what it gives me is what I want, so I'm just going to click OK to that I now have an active selection and I am going to come to the Edit menu and down to Define Brush Preset.

It gives me the size in pixels of the brush I'm about to sample and I'm going to call this Shatter, okay. Now I'm going to switch over to the document that contains the type and we'll paint with this brush. Okay, so here we are in the starting documents I'm not going to switch to my Brush tool by pressing B and then come and choose the brush that I just sampled and it'll be all the way down at the bottom of the list, there it is. Now, another thing to bear in mind about working with brushes is that they can take over your cursor and makes sometimes alarming way, especially when that very large like this one.

So don't I make about this they all sometimes difficult to work with though for this reason, you might consider doing this if you turn on your Caps Lock then you get just an accurate cursor which sometimes makes it a little bit more manageable to select things with your cursor then it would if you go to this sampled brush on it. Another thing to bear in mind and I sometimes find this problem in my laptop is that they seem to create problems for the video cards so it's another reason why it is sometimes preferable to work with the Caps Lock on.

For now I'm going to work with the Caps Lock off so we can actually see the brush that I am about to paint with. Before I start painting I'm just going to check my brush mode, I want this to be set to Normal and now I'm going to come to the type layer, create a layer mask for that layer and I'm actually going to paint on the layer mask rather then on the itself. I'm painting in black and rather then click and drag I'm just going to click a few times and right there I've quickly build up some densities some overlapping shatters within the type, I'm now going to press my Caps Lock just so that we can see what's going on behind the brush and that's how it looks.

Now you might experiment with inverting the layer mask to get an entirely different effect and that looks cool as well I think I like the inverted version best and I inverting the mask just by pressing Command+I or Ctrl+I. Now once you've apply the brush to the layer mask you may also want to come and apply some brush stroke to a layer beneath the type and here I'm going to switch to white and now I just paint a few times right there and we got that affect.

So that was just four clicks of my shatter brush I'm painting on a separate layer that gives me the most control of adjusting the Opacity of my result and maybe I think that my type has now lost a little bit of its brightness not like to restore some of that, so I'm going to select the type layer and press Command+J or Ctrl+J just to duplicate that and that brings back some of the density of the type. So just one of the many, many things that we can do with sample brushes.

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Photoshop for Designers: Textures

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Nigel French
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  1. 1m 30s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the exercise files
      28s
  2. 6m 52s
    1. Working with textures
      6m 52s
  3. 30m 19s
    1. Creating a rocklike texture with Clouds
      6m 17s
    2. Improving a flat sky with Difference Clouds
      3m 43s
    3. Creating a grunge effect with Fibers
      11m 30s
    4. Applying a texture channel with Lighting Effects
      4m 22s
    5. Adding an effect and blending with Lens Flare
      4m 27s
  4. 15m 20s
    1. Applying textures with Texturizer
      6m 8s
    2. Applying realistic cracks with Craquelure
      5m 11s
    3. Preparing an image for a stained glass effect
      4m 1s
  5. 30m 48s
    1. Adding noise to an overlay layer
      1m 33s
    2. Adding film grain
      6m 5s
    3. Painting with grain
      4m 10s
    4. Adding grain to a Camera Raw image
      2m 21s
    5. Matching grain when cloning
      5m 32s
    6. Accentuating texture with Speckle grain
      3m 4s
    7. Creating a split-toning effect with Stippled grain
      4m 20s
    8. Beyond the Mezzotint filter
      3m 43s
  6. 18m 5s
    1. Creating deckled edges and sepia tone
      8m 6s
    2. Adding water stains
      5m 41s
    3. Adding cracks
      4m 18s
  7. 38m 16s
    1. Blending textures with Soft Light
      4m 15s
    2. Blending textures with Hard Light
      54s
    3. Blending groups
      3m 59s
    4. Blending textures with layer masks
      3m 49s
    5. Creating an antique poster
      5m 59s
    6. Blending mode sandwich
      4m 34s
    7. Blending texture from a pattern fill
      4m 9s
    8. Applying texture to an uneven surface
      10m 37s
  8. 42m 43s
    1. Creating a watercolor effect
      5m 30s
    2. Painting on canvas
      9m 57s
    3. Creating a rubber stamp
      8m 42s
    4. Converting a photograph to a drawing with Find Edges
      2m 58s
    5. Combining a black-and-white halftone with color images
      5m 6s
    6. Creating a textured duotone effect with Conté Crayon
      2m 33s
    7. Creating an abstract image with Mosaic
      6m 2s
    8. Creating a reticulation effect
      1m 55s
  9. 59m 11s
    1. Finding and installing brushes
      2m 19s
    2. Creating a shatter effect
      3m 58s
    3. Creating a smoke brush
      3m 50s
    4. Combining Photoshop with Illustrator to create a sample brush
      9m 56s
    5. Creating coffee rings
      4m 13s
    6. Creating a Bokeh texture
      9m 50s
    7. Creating corner brushes
      4m 24s
    8. Sampling a brush stroke
      3m 3s
    9. Creating a rust jewel brush
      5m 43s
    10. Building density with brush settings
      6m 45s
    11. Painting with the Mixer Brush
      5m 10s
  10. 17m 30s
    1. Adding texture to type using clipping masks
      2m 25s
    2. Applying texture to type with layer effects
      2m 53s
    3. Applying texture to type using a layer mask
      5m 33s
    4. Painting with a texture brush
      4m 31s
    5. Blending type into background texture
      2m 8s
  11. 17m 55s
    1. Using the texture actions set
      3m 12s
    2. Editing an action
      3m 18s
    3. Creating your own texture action
      5m 14s
    4. Finding, downloading, and installing actions
      3m 2s
    5. Applying texture styles
      3m 9s
  12. 20s
    1. Goodbye
      20s

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