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Painting with grain

From: Photoshop for Designers: Textures

Video: Painting with grain

Here is a specific application of painting with Film Grain or indeed any kind of filter and that's really the message that I'd like you to get from this movie, we can paint in the textures that we apply with our filters. So what I have here is this picture of a bookstore window. I've just made the windows look dirty by applying a layer of digital soot in effect and this is done through the application of a Film Grain Filter and also some blurring of that filter so it looks a little bit less granular and then to define exactly where that soot goes in the corner of the windows, I've created a layer Mask and painted on that layer Mask.

Painting with grain

Here is a specific application of painting with Film Grain or indeed any kind of filter and that's really the message that I'd like you to get from this movie, we can paint in the textures that we apply with our filters. So what I have here is this picture of a bookstore window. I've just made the windows look dirty by applying a layer of digital soot in effect and this is done through the application of a Film Grain Filter and also some blurring of that filter so it looks a little bit less granular and then to define exactly where that soot goes in the corner of the windows, I've created a layer Mask and painted on that layer Mask.

So let's create this from scratch. So here is my starting point and the first thing I'm going to do is add a layer to accommodate my grain. Now I forgot when I created that layer to hold down my Alt or Option key when I clicked on this button here, so if you do forget that, then all you need to do is this, we're now going to fill that layer with neutral gray. I'm going to press Shift+Backspace, Shift+Delete key to go to my Fill Command where I'm going to use 50% Gray, and then I'm going to set the Blending mode of the layer to Overlay.

I'm going to convert this layer for Smart Filters, just so I can leave a trace and then come back and I'm going to go Artistic and Film Grain where I'm going to add a lot of grain, not quite the maximum. The intensity in this case because it's being applied to a layer of flat gray has no effect whatsoever and neither does the highlight area. So all we're worried about here is the amount of grain. Let's go up to about 16.

So now I'm going to paint out where I don't want this digital soot to appear. If I go to my Channels panel, I have an Alpha channel already prepared. That Alpha channel is just the woodwork on the windows. So I'm going to load that by Command+ clicking on the Alpha channel and that would load it as a selection. Then coming to the Filter Mask, I'm going to fill that selection with black, so I make black my foreground color and press Option+Delete or Alt+Delete.

So that's now removed the grain from the woodwork on the windows and what I need to do now is just paint out where else I don't want the grain to occur. So I'm going to choose my Brush tool and I want to make sure that I have a soft edge brush, and then I can just go in and sort of paint out, like so. So, now that I have painted out where I don't want the grain to occur and I might want to just refine this a little bit on the mask itself, one more thing I can do is we can come and just add a bit of blurring to that.

I'm going to use the Gaussian Blur Filter and making sure that I'm not on the mask itself, but actually on the layer, Blur>Gaussian Blur and I don't want to add to much, that's going to obliterate it completely. Something between about 0.5 and 1, I think, would be about the right amount and we go up to 0.8. That effect is probably a bit too subtle to be captured on the video, but that's just made it a little bit less artificial looking.

So there is the grain before the filter, the blurring and there is after and there is the finished effect and while you may not need to make windows look dirty, I'm sure that you can type the principles of what we have here, the ability to be out of paint on a filter mask so that we can paint in or out the particular texture that we're applying to our image.

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Photoshop for Designers: Textures

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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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