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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.
As well as using the texture preset actions as well as editing those actions and as well as writing our own, we can of course use actions created by anyone in the Photoshop community and there are a great many of them out there. I am just going to show you one particularly good example. I am on the Adobe Exchange web site and I am in the Photoshop Exchange section and I have gone to the Actions part of that branch of the Adobe Exchange site.
In the Photoshop actions, there is this particularly good one, Handcolored vintage photo. It's fantastic action. Download this and then install it by putting it in your Actions folder which is in your Photoshop folder in your Presets folder. Having done that, we are now ready to run the action. Come to the Actions panel to the panel menu and choose Load Actions then we can navigate to that Presets folder, to the Actions folder, there it is right there and there we have just loaded the action set.
So this is actually several actions, there are four of them, Ageing, Colour, Bending, Cracks and addition to that there is an Instructions action which is nothing more than just a description of the action does. So if I click on that and then play Instructions, it's going to tell us this, very important piece of information here. You need to run these cumulatively starting with the Ageing, the Colour, and then you do Bending or Cracks.
Click stop and now come on to the Ageing action, run that and this is all happening in real time. There is our result. Isn't that just a splendid and automated and quick result? All right! So having run the Ageing, we can then come to the Colour action, and then having done that I am just going to run the Bending action and there we have the result after applying the three different actions, one on top of the other, in the recommended order, Ageing, Colour and Bending.
So this is just one example of the kind of thing you can get with a predefined action that you download from some sort of Photoshop resource site, in this case, we use the Adobe Exchange site. These were all the steps in the Ageing action, so this must have taken quite some time to put together and it takes literally the blink of an eye to run it on your image and I think with great effect.
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