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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.
To achieve this two-toned textured image I've used the Conte Crayon Filter. Let's switch over to the starting file, the first thing I want to do is set my foreground and background colors because the Conte Crayon Filter uses these to apply color to the image. I'm going to sample the yellow and I'm also going to sample some color from the petals for background color. So I'm holding down the Alt or Option key to do that. And now I'm going to convert my Background layer for Smart Filters, so I'm going to come to the Filter menu and down to Sketch>Conte Crayon.
Let's just get the Background and Foreground Levels set how we want them. So I'm going to take these all the way down, putting up the Foreground Level to about there and now to reintroduce the purple in the petal areas I'm going to bring the Background Level up, maybe bring the Foreground Level down a bit. So you can mix these sliders as you need to, to get the right combination of your Foreground and background colors.
Next, I'm going to change the Texture that's being applied and I want to load my own texture, and the texture that I'm after is called waterlilyedges, and this is actually a copy of this file with the Find Edges Filter run on it and then converted to grayscale. A couple of movies previous I did an exercise on using Find Edges Filter, and that's what I've applied to this copy of the file. I'm going to load that, and that's going to give me this effect, and now I can work that texture in by adjusting the Relief.
I don't want to change the Scaling, because if I do I'm going to get a weird, a sort of ghostlike version of the texture on top of the image, so I want to keep the Scale at 100% but I might want to up the Relief somewhat. And I can also change the direction of the Light, I'm going to have the light coming from the Top Left, and let's just experiment with what Invert does. No, I think I like it not inverted. So there is a finished version of the file.
Conte Crayon is one of several filters that allow us to apply texture to a image using one of those predefined textures, Sandstone, Canvas et cetera, or by applying our own image. The other filters that allow you to do are Underpainting and the Texturizer filter.
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