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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.
This technique is a variant on the techniques that we used in the previous movie. So I'm not going to be going over exactly how we got to this point with this layer mask and with this Filter mask. That's all in the previous movie, but let's with the result that we have there, take it in a slightly different direction and rather than have the Type be on the textured background from which the layer mask was derived, let's have it on a solid background. Now what you often see with the application of this effect is just the Type on a solid background.
And to me that lacks a certain something, because if the Type is really distressed then surely don't we want some of the texture that's in the Type on the background as well. And that's what we're going to look at here. How do we take that texture that we've already worked into the Type and apply it to the background? While there are several ways, but the way that we're going to do it here is by working with a texture brush. So this movie would fit just as well in the chapter on brushes as it would on Type.
So I'm going to switch over to this, the starting point and what I'm going to do is just take a look at the layer mask by Alt+clicking or Option+clicking on it. Now what we want to do is we want to make this layer mask into a pattern and then use that pattern to paint with. So first of all I'm going to Command+click, or Ctrl+click on the layer mask to load the selection of the layer mask, create a new layer, and then fill the selection on that new layer with black. Black is my Foreground Color.
So I'm going to press Option+Delete or Alt+Delete. And now I'll turn off the other two layers, so that we can see that and deselect my selection Command+D or Ctrl+D. Now I'm going define that as a pattern Edit>Define Pattern. And I am going to call it distressed. We can now turn that off, turn my other two layers back on. So I have my pattern defined. I'm now going to add a layer above the bottom layer and it's on this layer that we're going to be adding the yellow paint.
So I need to come and sample the yellow. I'm going to press I to go to my Eyedropper tool, click on the yellow that now becomes my foreground color. Then I'm going to choose my Brush tool and the type of brush that I want is a Spatter brush. Then I'm going to come over to my Brush panel where I want to change the options of the Spatter brush and this is the important a bit. I need to choose the Texture option. So when I choose that, the texture that I'm going to use is the one that I made, and I want the mode to be Multiply, I want Texture Each Tip to be turned on.
Now I can stop painting with that, but 100% is probably going to be too much so what I'm going to is take the Opacity way down to 10%. I'm just going to press 1 on my keyboard. Press my Right Bracket to increase my brush size and then just spray over some of that background to introduce a little bit of yellow paint into the background. I can click more in some parts to make it a bit dense, or I can change the size of my brush.
To finish the whole thing off, one more thing we need to do and that is we need to mask this yellow paint layer with the shape of the letters, because we're currently seeing through the letters and we're seeing that paint beneath, but we don't want to see it beneath. So I'm going to hold down my Command key or Ctrl key, click on the Type layer. That loads the Type as an active selection. Now I want the active selection to be a layer mask on this layer. If I just come and click this, I'm going to get the opposite of what I want. So I need to hold down the Alt key, so that everything, but the Type is revealed.
If you got that the wrong way around, you can always just invert your mask by pressing Ctrl+I or Command+I.So that mask is having a subtle, but necessary effect. If I hold down the Shift key and click on it, there is the before without the mask and there is the after. So this whole effect is achieved by working with the texture that's applied as a layer mask then making that into a pattern and then painting with that pattern on a layer behind the Type.
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