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Modifying texture

From: Photoshop CS5: Creative Compositing

Video: Modifying texture

At this stage of the project we are ready to experiment more with texture, color, and tone. And here it's kind of a fork in the road. We have a couple of different options. One of the things that you can do is simply apply a Curves adjustment, which will then bring out some of the texture and color and tone that you already have. So let's create one of those adjustments, just so that we can compare back to it. Well, here we'll click on our adjustment layer icon and then choose Curves. What we want to do in Curves is we want to darken up those blacks, brighten up those whites, simple S-curve.

Modifying texture

At this stage of the project we are ready to experiment more with texture, color, and tone. And here it's kind of a fork in the road. We have a couple of different options. One of the things that you can do is simply apply a Curves adjustment, which will then bring out some of the texture and color and tone that you already have. So let's create one of those adjustments, just so that we can compare back to it. Well, here we'll click on our adjustment layer icon and then choose Curves. What we want to do in Curves is we want to darken up those blacks, brighten up those whites, simple S-curve.

And then go into the different channels, the reds, we are going to add some nice red into the photograph. We'll also go into the green/magentas, add a touch of magenta there and then also the blue/yellow channel, bringing in some nice yellow tones. And by doing this, what this is going to do then is really draw out some of the color and texture that's already there. And so here I'll just go through this and modify these adjustments and just get them exactly where I want them in regards to the overall look and feel the photograph. And in this case, I am going to go through all these channels and go back and forth until I come up with a nice combination with this particular adjustment.

And then of course, we can always lower the opacity of this layer till we get it exactly where we want it. And here I really like this look. Here is before. Now it was a little bit too yellow, almost too green. Here's after. It feels a little bit more rich, a little bit more powerful. And again that in turn brings out the texture. Now, of course, we can take this further by making stronger Curves adjustments, but it's just worth pointing out that sometimes adding texture is simply working on color and tone. That then enhances all the different textures and details that you have. You see these lines in a little bit more of a strong way.

Now another way to work on texture is of course to take a photograph of something. Here you can see I have a scan of this old piece of paper. Now this could be a scan or it could be a simple photograph. And these are really easy to create, they are easy to have around and they are easy to use in Photoshop. A lot of times the best blending for these is going to be Soft Light or Overlay or Hard Light. And here on the Soft Light blending, what we have is a shift which changes the overall color and look. Go to a blending mode of Overlay and you see that that brings in this really nice tonality, and also brings in some great texture, just changing this image completely.

Take a look. Here's before and then after. With one simple picture of an old brown paper bag we all of a sudden have something completely different. And with this image I added a few other elements down here as well, just to make it a touch more interesting. But you can do something simple and plain like this. If we turn on this old paper layer and compare the blending modes again we can bring in something intriguing or engaging, and this will then create a bit of that texture and tone. Now whenever you are working with these types of layers what you want to do is turn the layer on, choose your blending mode, and then create a layer mask.

So here we will click on the Add Layer Mask icon. Next, we need to grab our brush, and typically you want to grab a brush that's irregular. In this case I'll choose this brush here, I am going to increase the size, and I'll increase that brush size even more. That looks good. I am just going to start to paint this away and I am painting with Black at 20% opacity, so it's a pretty low opacity amount. I am just going to go through this and I am going to interrupt this pattern. Whenever you have patterns or textures it's kind of a dead giveaway if they are completely uniform.

So in this case I am just going to start to modify this, just pulling that out in a few little areas, creating some variation. Then I'll go into the Mask panel and I'll blur those brushstrokes and I'll blur them significantly. Next I'll decrease the Density which will decrease the intensity of those brushstrokes. Again, I'm just looking to do something to modify the way this texture is blending in with the image. Another great way to modify this is by lowering the overall opacity as well, because you kind of want to hide it a little bit. You don't want it to be so obvious that someone says, Oh yeah, I know exactly what you did.

Also keep in mind you can always use this texture in combination with your Curves adjustment. Take a look at that. That really makes this come to life when we have a lower opacity, a few brushstrokes and then that Curves adjustment. And as we take this from here all the way to here, it's now an image that has much more power. It's much more profound and much more interesting. All right, well there are few other experiments we may want to do with texture and tone, and let's explore how we can do those in the next movie.

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Photoshop CS5: Creative Compositing

58 video lessons · 30814 viewers

Chris Orwig
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  1. 2m 30s
    1. Welcome
      52s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 38s
  2. 20m 12s
    1. Combining layers with blending modes
      1m 36s
    2. Using blending modes and color adjustment layers
      2m 21s
    3. Layer blending and shortcuts
      4m 3s
    4. Creative project: Wisdom begins in wonder
      6m 23s
    5. Creating a flamenco dancer advertisement
      5m 49s
  3. 17m 39s
    1. Snapshot project: Using Auto-Align and Auto-Blend
      3m 27s
    2. Flag project: Combining depths of field
      3m 46s
    3. Nature project: Combining foreground and sky
      4m 47s
    4. Nature project: Adding clouds and creative color
      5m 39s
  4. 15m 28s
    1. Combining multiple frames
      5m 21s
    2. Cleaning up the details
      5m 5s
    3. Modifying color and tone
      5m 2s
  5. 11m 48s
    1. Combining interior and exterior architecture
      6m 57s
    2. Increasing drama and visual interest
      4m 51s
  6. 25m 27s
    1. Composite project overview
      4m 12s
    2. Masking multiple images together
      3m 28s
    3. Extending the canvas and adding elements
      2m 58s
    4. Enhancing the main elements
      1m 47s
    5. Cleaning up the background
      4m 27s
    6. Award-winning composite inspiration
      4m 30s
    7. Photoshop composite inspiration: Web sites
      4m 5s
  7. 1h 4m
    1. Project 1: Removing a model from a background in Photoshop
      9m 27s
    2. Project 1: Combining multiple photographs
      3m 23s
    3. Project 1: Working with shadows
      8m 15s
    4. Project 1: Adding light and color
      5m 18s
    5. Project 1: Working with curves and masking
      3m 45s
    6. Project 1: Final color and tone adjustments
      6m 56s
    7. Project 2: Combining multiple photographs
      7m 51s
    8. Project 2: Adding shadows
      7m 21s
    9. Project 2: Organizing layers and adding blur
      5m 48s
    10. Project 2: Adding film grain
      6m 19s
  8. 22m 58s
    1. Illuminating the eyes
      4m 16s
    2. Blending graphics with photos
      4m 25s
    3. Making final color modifications
      6m 19s
    4. Creative portrait blending
      7m 58s
  9. 25m 54s
    1. Working with color and tone
      3m 46s
    2. Adding texture
      4m 4s
    3. Adding film grain
      2m 44s
    4. Modifying texture
      4m 32s
    5. Darkening edges
      3m 34s
    6. Applying a creative color effect
      7m 14s
  10. 14m 39s
    1. Creating a selection of the TV glass
      4m 14s
    2. Masking the images into the selection
      5m 16s
    3. Modifying the color and tone
      5m 9s
  11. 27m 42s
    1. Extracting elements from their backgrounds
      6m 49s
    2. Removing the words from the book
      4m 31s
    3. Masking and image blending
      4m 35s
    4. Creating composite options
      4m 56s
    5. Enhancing the color
      6m 51s
  12. 11m 39s
    1. Setting the stage with color and tone
      4m 30s
    2. Working with textures and blending
      7m 9s
  13. 20m 31s
    1. Project overview
      4m 54s
    2. Using masking and blending modes for emphasis
      5m 8s
    3. Adding and modifying typography
      4m 55s
    4. Making final color and tone adjustments
      5m 34s
  14. 24s
    1. Goodbye
      24s

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