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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.
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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