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Join Photoshop master Deke McClelland in the fourth and final installment of his popular Photoshop CC One-on-One series. In this course, Deke shares step-by-step tutorials and expert-level insights on the most powerful features, helping you make your own way to true Photoshop mastery.
The final thing I'll show you, is how you might go about customizing an oil paint effect and we'll be doing so using a mask. So imagine that I'm crazy about this effect, and his hair, and his eye brows and so forth. But I want to mask the effect away to an extent, inside of his face. Well, in that case, I would use the existing channel information associated with this image, in order to select the darkest areas. So, I'll switch over to the channels panel. Then let's take a look at what we've got.
Got the red channel here, in which he's very bright and his hair is fairly dark. And then his skin darkens up in the green channel, and gets a little bit darker in the blue channel. My favorite is the green channel because, let's say I want to mask away the effect inside of the eyes but I want to keep it in the dark hair and so forth. So I'm going to go ahead and grab that green channel and duplicate it by dragging it and dropping it onto that little page icon at the bottom of the panel. And then, I'll press control I, or command I on the Mac, in order to invert the image.
And that we we'll be able to select hair as opposed to de-select it. And now we need to increase the contrast of the image and the best way to do that is using the Levels command. So go up to the image menu, choose adjustments, and then choose levels. Or you can press control L, or command L on a Mac. And I just noodled around with these settings. But I ended up taking the black point value up to 60, and then I tabbed back over to the white point value. And ultimately took it down to 180, in order to produce this effect.
Then click OK. Now what I like to do when I modify a mask using the levels command, is name the mask. After the settings I just applied because you have to apply static command when you're working inside independent channels. So I'll go ahead and rename this guy 60/1.00/180 because those were the settings I just applied. Now I want to load up this mask as a selection, so I'll press the control key or the command key on the Mac and click on the mask in order to select it.
Now let's switch back to the RGB image, up here at the top of the panel. And then switch back to the layers panel. Now I want to apply this selection as a filter mask and the easiest way to do that is to get rid of the existing mask and then replace it with this new one. So right click inside the white thumbnail and choose delete filter mask. And then right click on the words smart filters, and choose add filter mask. And you'll end up transferring that mask into this location here.
And notice now that we still have the oil paint effect inside of his hair, but we don't have nearly as much inside of his face as we did before. We're left with only the dark details from the oil paint effect, because we used the oil paint effected image in order to select itself. So in other words, because we inverted that channel, we're selecting the darkest stuff, and so the darkest stuff is all that we're seeing. If you want to bring back some of the light details, where the oil painting effect is concerned.
Then, with the filter mask selected, as it is here, go up to the filter menu and choose Blur, and then choose Gaussian Blur. And I ended up landing on a value of 12 pixels, as you see here. And then go ahead and click OK to accept that value and notice that brings back some of those light details. While leaving the hair complete impacted by the effect. So we're still seeing the oil paint effect on his eyebrows, inside of his irises, around his eyelashes, and of course, most definitely, inside that hair.
I'll once again press Shift F in order to switch to the full screen mode. And, change my zoom a little bit so that we can see more of the image at a time. And that's at least one way that you can customize an oil paint effect. In this case, by applying a filter mask here inside Photoshop.
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