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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 is one way we can create a watercolor effect and really work the texture of the watercolor in to the texture of the paper layer below. So here is our finished version and here I have just a layer of flat color and to this layer I've applied the Note Paper filter and then on top of that we have the watercolor and without the filter it would look like that and you see I have also painted in the edges on the layer mask get a nice effect to frame the image and then just to compensate for the darkening of the watercolor filter I've added an Adjustment layer at the top.
Here is our starting point; and the first thing I'm going to do is turn off the picture layer and come to he paper layer which is currently a small object so I can apply Smart filters to it. Now I am going come to the Sketch group and to Note Paper and I think I may be want to take the relief of that down just little bit so its not quite as bumpy and everything else can stay as is, so I am going to click OK to that. Now there's the texture of my paper, so that now when I choose my image and make its Blend mode multiply, you are going to see the texture through the picture.
So next, what I want to do is on the picture layer come to my Artistic group and to Watercolor. Now thing about the watercolor filter if you've used it before you're aware of this, its going to make things darker than you would like them to be, don't worry about that we are going to compensate for that in the next step. But you'll see even with the values turn all the way down the Shadow Intensity all the way down, the Texture all the way down, the result is looking kind of dark.
I want some more detail though so I am going to increase the Brush Detail to 4, But I want the Shadow Intensity and the Texture down as long as ago they go. Now to knock that back a bit further because its still too much I am going to come to the Filter Blending mode its right there, double-click on that and take that down to about 65%. Now we are getting much closer to what I am after. So now I am going to add a Curves Adjustment layer just to brighten things up a bit.
I am going to come down to my Adjustment layers holding down my Option or Alt key as I do this, so that I get this option Use Previous layer To Create Clipping Mask. I only want this to affect the image itself rather than the paper, we can't see the paper yet below it, but we all are going to be revealing some of that shortly. So if I come to my Targeted Adjustment icon right there. And then move into the Dark areas, here I want to lighten these up. So I am want to just click drag out, I want to make sure that I am not all the way down at the bottom of the curve, click and drag up just to add some light.
All right that's looking good, I am going to come to the picture layer and on the picture layer I am going to add a layer mask, so the layer mask is currently no white and what I am going to do is with a paintbrush I am going to paint around the edges to get that sort of rough edged look. And to do this I am going to get the best effect, if I use on a watercolor brush. So come up to your brushes, now I've set my brushes to display a small list because when you a lot of brushes in there its often difficult to tell what the watercolor brush is and that's the one I want Watercolor Loaded Wet Flat Tip, its shape looks like that and I'm going to switch my foreground color to black and then start painting around the edge.
Now as I'm doing this I will want to vary a few things I want to vary my Opacity and also my Brush Size. I am going to paint around a bit and maybe knock the Opacity to 60, I am just pressing 6 to do that and then just to kind of mix it up a bit, put it back up to 70, we have got a little bit too far there so I am going to press the X key and paint that back in and white is all on the mask so its all completely non-destructive.
So I am just going to edge in around these corners so I am using a Wacom tablet and stylus to do this. Let's make my brush a little bit smaller, I might want to change the angle of the brush as well, but I am going to live with it the way it is. I may also want to come in and choose the other Watercolor brush that we have available to us, the Small Round Tip and just a bit of finessing with that may be. I suppose this is on going thing when working with these filters its really just not a case of you choose the filter, and then your job is done, you choose the filter, and then you tweak a little bit here and you combine the filter with something else and then may be you go back and you reconsider the values that you applied which is why it's a good idea to be using Smart filters because you can always go back and change your mind at any point.
Texture again is just part of the story here and we are combining Texture with the use of layer Blending modes, with the use of Adjustments layer and also with the use of layers masks.
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