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Creating your own texture action

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Video: Creating your own texture action

Here we are going to see an example of creating a simple script. So I am going to create a script that will create texture type on a black background, using this background texture. To start what is I need to be on my top layer and I am going to include in the Action instructions, that proviso because without that it's not going to work. So I am going to go to my ACTIONS panel and why don't we create a new Action Set, not necessary but just a housekeeping thing.

Creating your own texture action

Here we are going to see an example of creating a simple script. So I am going to create a script that will create texture type on a black background, using this background texture. To start what is I need to be on my top layer and I am going to include in the Action instructions, that proviso because without that it's not going to work. So I am going to go to my ACTIONS panel and why don't we create a new Action Set, not necessary but just a housekeeping thing.

So I'll create a new set and I will call it My Actions. And then within this Action Set I am going to create a new action and I am going to call this Textured Type. I could add a function key to it, I am not going to -- I could color code it, I am not going to do that either, but those are options. So now I can click Record. Now the good news is when you're recording, it's not recording in real time so just take your time to get it right.

We have to red button on indicating that we are recording and the first thing that we want to, go to the background layer and hide the top layer. Wherever possible when I'm recording actions I like to use keyboard shortcuts just so there's no ambiguity about that action step. The keyboard shortcut to select the layer beneath is Option or Alt and the Left Bracket. So that selects the layer behind the one that you are up and now I want to turn off the visibility for everything else and that keyboard shortcut is holding down the Alt or the Option key and clicking on the eyeball of your current layer.

Now I want to load the Luminosity channel for layer 1. So I am going to the Channels panels and Command or Ctrl+Click on the RGB channel and we will see the selection active. Now return to the layer's panel where I want to turn the type layer on I am going to press Option or Alt and the Right Bracket to turn that layer back on which is simultaneously going to hide the Texture layer, and then I am going to click Add layer mask.

The next thing I want to do is add a layer behind this and fill it with color, because I know I want the layer to go beneath it, I am going to hold down the Command or Ctrl key and click on Create new layer and making sure that black is my foreground color, press Option or Alt and my Backspace Delete key. So far so good, but now what I want to do is I want to work on this layer mask to increase the contrast so we really bring out the texture of that background.

Select that layer mask, Option or Alt and the Right Bracket we will select the layer above because it's a type layer it's actually selecting the layer mask. And now so that we can allow ourselves already or any other user a level of interactivity with it rather than go to Adjustments and Threshold which is going to require that we put in a value that would be applied exactly the same way every time.

What I'm going to do is choose Insert menu Item, its going to insert the menu item and its just going to stop right there. Now that is the end of the action I am going to click Stop. There is one other thing I need to do as a safe guard at the very beginning I am going to insert a save history snapshot. So I am going to select the name of my action all the way at the top, click on the Record button, go to my History panel and choose New Snapshot.

Come back to my ACTIONS and it's put that in the wrong place and the sequence, I actually wanted to go at the beginning of sequence. Having stop the recording I am just going to drag the step up, to the top of the sequence and not let's see how our action is going to work so I am going to just put things back to how they were. Let's do that by clicking on my starting history state. I'll select the top layer come to my ACTIONS and then just play that action and you will it stops at the threshold command where we get the chance to just dial in exactly how much of that texture we want to incorporate it into the type.

So a simple example of creating your own action and, including the option for the user to interact with the exact amount of settings that are applied.

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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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