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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.
Working with the Grain filter which is part of the Texture filter group there are several different types of grain we can apply, one of which is called Stipple. Now this is interesting, because it works with your foreground and your background color. In the case of this image it's a monochrome image but with tint to it and I've sampled that tint and I'm using that tint and it's complementary color to apply some stipple grain and that's going to give me this kind of split toning effects. Let's switch over to the starting point and the first thing I'm going to do is choose my Eyedropper tool and then come and sample some color from the image make that my foreground color.
I now want to complement that with its complementary color and to do that I'm going to use the Kuler extension and with Kuler open I'm going to click on this icon right here to add the current foreground color as base color, and then I will choose Complementary as my color harmony rule and that gives me this color group. I'm going to add these to my Swatches panel, all this color theme rather in Photoshop terminology.
So let's go and park Kuler right there. So I now have these colors on my Swatches panel and I want to load this blue as my background colors. So I'm going to press Command or Ctrl and click on that. So I now have foreground and background color and it's these that I want to use when I apply the stipple grain. Now this is already a Smart Object and if it's not if you're working on image where you haven't already made into a Smart Object, choose Convert for Smart Filters. But I'm going to come to the Filter menu and down to Texture and to Grain and these are the different types of grain that we can add.
I am just going to make my preview here smaller by pressing Ctrl+0 or Command+0.With Stipple grain it's using my foreground and my background color, and if I move the filter gallery preview window over a bit, we can see my foreground and background color right there. I have the Intensity slider and Contrast slider. Now the Intensity slider essentially works on the foreground color and the Contrast slider works on the background color. So if I want more of the blue if I bring the intensity down and bring the contrast up, and that's making the more solid.
Now finding a sweet spot here is rather difficult and if the quality of the grain that we get is unfortunately not as fine as we might like, it is going to look rather clumpy, I am afraid. But I'm going to put these sliders somewhere towards the middle so that we get both the foreground color and the background color. Incidentally, if we were working with sprinkles that's just going to work with the background color and if I put the intensity up there we are just seeing the blue of the background color.
We don't want to work with Sprinkles; we want to work with Stippled. Let's put that up again. So I'm going to now click OK to that and maybe this is what we're after. It's not, but this is an interesting effect right there. But now to blend the effect of the filter with the image I need to change the blending mode of the filter. So I'm going to double-click on that to change my Blending mode and the one I'm going to go to is Color, which seems to be the one that if we are still trying to retain the photographic quality of the image it's going to give us the best result.
There are other worth trying and it's going to vary from image to image. You can see at the 100% view that the grain is a bit clumpy and this is very near miss I feel in terms of the effectiveness of this texture, but it's interesting nonetheless. So there we have it. We applied a Stipple grain using the foreground and background color to get some sort of split toning effect on our image.
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