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Sampling a brush stroke

From: Photoshop for Designers: Textures

Video: Sampling a brush stroke

Brushstrokes like these, simple Brushstrokes on sketchpads potentially make great sample brushes. What I want to demonstrate here is a different effect that you will get depending on the number of gray values you capture in your sample brush. So I have two versions of this, I have one where I have performed a Threshold Adjustment on the brush and it's all black, or it's nothing, and then we have this one where we have got various different levels of the gray values. So quickly, I will run through how those happened.

Sampling a brush stroke

Brushstrokes like these, simple Brushstrokes on sketchpads potentially make great sample brushes. What I want to demonstrate here is a different effect that you will get depending on the number of gray values you capture in your sample brush. So I have two versions of this, I have one where I have performed a Threshold Adjustment on the brush and it's all black, or it's nothing, and then we have this one where we have got various different levels of the gray values. So quickly, I will run through how those happened.

First of all, the Threshold, start out with a Levels adjustment and then follow that out with a Threshold adjustment, move that one way or the other, depending on how much black or how much white you want. I want to avoid getting the black specks down in that bottom-left corner. So I am going to pull it back to about there. Okay! Now what I am going to do is I am going to get my Magic Wand tool because I need the whites to become a transparent here and I am going to turn my Tolerance all the way down, select the white areas and then use those to mask what we have there. Ah! I got it the wrong way round in which case I am going to press Command+I or Ctrl+I to invert it and then when I am on there then I can sample my brush.

To capture more of the gray values, we just use a much lighter touch with the Levels adjustment. So I already have those two brushes made and now I am now going to switch over to this document where we can see how they are going to look in practice. So I have a group here of four different pieces of text. I am going to create a layer Mask on that group. Now I will choose my Brush tool and I am going to choose, to begin with what we will use the Softer Brush and then painting in black, I can just dab on there and I met an Opacity of 50% which is probably not where I want to be or maybe it is where I want to be.

Let's press the Caps Lock key, so that we don't see that huge cursor and that's the effect that I am going to get. Of course if I want it stronger, I am going to now press Command+Z or Ctrl+Z and Command+O or Ctrl+O, just to back up a few steps to that point, set my Opacity back to 100% and that's what we are going to get at 100% and of course if I can paint that in more to hide or paint over effectively more of the type. So let me now restore that to how it was. I am going to press Cmd+\.

With white as my Background color which will fill that layer Mask. And I'll now go and choose the harder of my two brushes, and then I can paint on it right there and that's going to give it a much more dramatic effect and depending on which you want that's going to influence how you make your sample brush whether you wanted to be all black and white or whether you want to capture various gray values in that brush.

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Photoshop for Designers: Textures

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Nigel French
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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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