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The Dry Brush filter

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Video: The Dry Brush filter

The Dry Brush filter is going to give us a stipple effect which can look really good, but it doesn't really look much like a paint brush. So, let's not even bother trying to make it look like a dry brush, but just after an interesting effect. And this is my interesting effect. This is using a picture of Zabriskie Point in Death Valley, California. And it begins like this. So I'm using the dry brush filter in combination with the texturizer to apply a sandstone texture to it.

The Dry Brush filter

The Dry Brush filter is going to give us a stipple effect which can look really good, but it doesn't really look much like a paint brush. So, let's not even bother trying to make it look like a dry brush, but just after an interesting effect. And this is my interesting effect. This is using a picture of Zabriskie Point in Death Valley, California. And it begins like this. So I'm using the dry brush filter in combination with the texturizer to apply a sandstone texture to it.

And then also to boost the edge contrast with a copy of that layer. To which I have applied the Find Edges filter. I'm going to switch now to the beginning state, and convert this to a Smart Object. And let's start out by applying Dry Brush. Cmd+0 to fit that image within our preview window. I want to use a small brush size here, so I'm going to bring the brush size down to one. I want maximum detail, and I'm going to have the texture, we have a range of one to three with texture, I'm going to have a texture of two.

That's the result I'm going to get. So the before. And the after. Now I'm going to come back and come down to the texture filters and texturizer. Now you would think it would make logical sense to apply the texture first and then the dry brush. I can tell you I tried it. It didn't work as well as applying the texture afterwards in this context. The texture I'm going to use, given the nature of the subject, is Sandstone. Which seems the most appropriate one.

And I'm just going to go with the default values of 100% scaling and a relief of four, light coming from the top. So now I'm going to duplicate this layer. Cmd+J. And I'm going to delete those two filters. And to the top layer, I'm going to apply a stylize find edges treatment. Which will look like that. Now when you apply find edges, you get these weird color shifts. Or you can, and in this case I do.

To prevent this from happening, I'm going to change the blending mode of the Find Edges filter. By double-clicking on the Blending mode icon, and changing that to Luminosity. And then I'm going to change the Blending mode of the whole layer to Multiply so that this layer will now combine with the layer beneath. And there is our effect. So, dry brush, a texture applied on top of that, then a whole separate layer that really defines the edges and that top layer has the Multiply blend mode applied to it.

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Photoshop for Designers: Filters

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Nigel French
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  1. 1m 45s
    1. Welcome
      1m 3s
    2. Using the exercise files
      42s
  2. 18m 6s
    1. Designing with filters
      1m 25s
    2. Terms, keyboard shortcuts, and menus
      6m 47s
    3. The importance of Smart Filters
      2m 50s
    4. Understanding filter blend modes
      1m 47s
    5. Using filter masks
      1m 49s
    6. The stacking order of filters
      3m 28s
  3. 24m 1s
    1. Sharpening overview
      4m 17s
    2. Unsharp Mask and Smart Sharpen
      4m 22s
    3. Sharpening with Vivid Light and Surface Blur
      4m 51s
    4. Sharpening with Gaussian Blur
      5m 38s
    5. High-pass sharpening
      1m 41s
    6. Sharpening and line art
      3m 12s
  4. 28m 26s
    1. Using Field Blur to vary focus in a scene
      3m 22s
    2. Using Iris Blur to accentuate a foreground
      3m 9s
    3. Using Iris Blur with the Bokeh effect
      2m 57s
    4. Creating an abstract bokeh background
      3m 38s
    5. Creating a tilt-shift effect
      4m 27s
    6. Creating a blur effect with Motion Blur and Puppet Warp
      6m 31s
    7. Using Motion Blur to create a starburst effect
      2m 9s
    8. Creating a radial blur
      2m 13s
  5. 45m 57s
    1. An overview of the Filter Gallery
      3m 44s
    2. Beyond the Colored Pencil
      4m 47s
    3. Using the Cutout filter: Part one
      9m 50s
    4. Using the Cutout filter: Part two
      4m 46s
    5. Using the Cutout filter: Part three
      6m 48s
    6. The Dry Brush filter
      2m 48s
    7. Looking at the Fresco filter
      4m 31s
    8. Turning on the neon
      5m 32s
    9. Using the Poster Edges filter
      3m 11s
  6. 20m 21s
    1. The Angled Strokes filter
      3m 32s
    2. The Crosshatch filter
      4m 24s
    3. The Ink Outlines filter
      7m 15s
    4. Sumi-e
      5m 10s
  7. 27m 1s
    1. Creating a circular image with the Polar Coordinates filter
      8m 7s
    2. Applying distort filters to shape layers
      7m 19s
    3. Creating marbled paper with the Wave filter
      7m 46s
    4. Creating Art Nouveau type with the ZigZag filter
      3m 49s
  8. 30m 34s
    1. Using the Color Halftone filter
      3m 59s
    2. Using Color Halftone for a black-and-white halftone effect
      4m 17s
    3. Creating a line drawing with the Fragment filter
      3m 0s
    4. Creating an authentic mezzotint
      9m 31s
    5. Creating a misregistration effect
      2m 15s
    6. Experimenting with pointillist techniques
      7m 32s
  9. 30m 19s
    1. Creating a woodgrain effect with Fibers
      3m 16s
    2. Distressing a photo with Fibers and Difference Clouds
      7m 56s
    3. Creating synthetic textures with the Clouds filter
      2m 25s
    4. Adding drama with Lens Flare
      6m 27s
    5. Using Lighting Effects with a texture map
      5m 44s
    6. Creating a patchwork effect
      4m 31s
  10. 49m 28s
    1. Combining Bas Relief with Lighting Effects
      8m 8s
    2. Creating a charcoal portrait
      3m 54s
    3. Making it shine with the Chrome filter
      5m 47s
    4. Creating a portrait with the Graphic Pen filter
      4m 5s
    5. Creating a circular halftone effect
      5m 12s
    6. Creating a line halftone effect with a displacement map
      4m 35s
    7. Creating a scan-line effect
      4m 58s
    8. Creating a hand-painted look using the Photocopy filter
      7m 19s
    9. Creating a "cut paper collage" using the Stamp filter
      5m 30s
  11. 38m 39s
    1. Creating a painterly look with the Diffuse filter
      4m 26s
    2. Using the Find Edges filter to create a line drawing
      3m 49s
    3. Combining the Find Edges filter with hand painting
      8m 22s
    4. Creating a glowing-edges effect
      4m 15s
    5. Creating effective solarizations
      2m 42s
    6. Creative use of the Tiles and Offset filters
      8m 11s
    7. Creating a line drawing with the Trace Contour filter
      6m 54s
  12. 20m 44s
    1. Straightening perspective with Adaptive Wide Angle
      4m 45s
    2. Combining Lens Correction and Adaptive Wide Angle
      2m 31s
    3. Suggestions for working with the Oil Paint filter
      5m 24s
    4. A simple application of the Vanishing Point filter
      3m 40s
    5. Combining the Liquify and Vanishing Point filters
      4m 24s
  13. 1m 56s
    1. Third-party filters and beyond
      1m 56s

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