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Using fill layers to create a hand-painted look

From: Photoshop CS6 Essential Training

Video: Using fill layers to create a hand-painted look

One of the easiest ways to hand tint a black- and-white image would be to use a Fill layer. Now before we add the Fill layer, I'd like to select the area that I want to fill. So from the Tool palette, I'll select the Polygonal Lasso tool and this tool's icon is a little bit confusing. The hotspot is actually at the tip of that black arrow. But if you just tap the Caps Locks key on, now we've got our precise cursors and I know that the hotspot is right there in the middle. So I am going to click once. That starts my selection and then you can see I can let go of the mouse and then drag the straight line to the other corner here.

Using fill layers to create a hand-painted look

One of the easiest ways to hand tint a black- and-white image would be to use a Fill layer. Now before we add the Fill layer, I'd like to select the area that I want to fill. So from the Tool palette, I'll select the Polygonal Lasso tool and this tool's icon is a little bit confusing. The hotspot is actually at the tip of that black arrow. But if you just tap the Caps Locks key on, now we've got our precise cursors and I know that the hotspot is right there in the middle. So I am going to click once. That starts my selection and then you can see I can let go of the mouse and then drag the straight line to the other corner here.

Click again, click down in the foreground, click over here to the left, and then as I position my cursor on top of the starting point, it changes and it gives me the cursor with the 0 next to it, which tells me that it will close my selection. So I click there, and now we've got our marching ants going around the area that I want to hand color. Select Layer>New Fill Layer>Solid Color. I will go ahead and name this Green. Now my Caps Locks is on, so we will take that off. And I have to do one more thing here.

We haven't talked much about Blend modes, but Blend modes enable Photoshop to change the way that one layer interacts with the layer below it. If I leave the Blend mode here to Normal, then I'm just going to get a solid Green overlay. I am going to lose all of the information or I will at least lose the visibility of the information on the layer underneath. Well, because I just want this to look like it's hand tinted, I need to keep the photograph underneath. I need to keep all of this luminosity data. So I'm going to change the layer's Blend mode to Color, and that will give me a nice color wash when I click OK.

You can see that I've got the Color Picker. So we can choose any color that we want. We can increase or decrease the saturation. I am going to pick a dark green here, and maybe move it a little bit more towards the greens and away from the blues there, and as soon as we've got the color we want, we will click OK and in the Layers panel you can see that I have my fill layer. This is the icon for the Fill. If I double-click on that, it would bring back up the color picker, so I could make a change. And to the right of that we have our mask. If I Opt+Click or Alt+Click on the mask, here's the selection that we drew using our Polygonal Lasso tool.

So let's go ahead and toggle back on the visibility of the layer, and let's continue selecting up the stairway. Now again, I will tap the Caps Locks key in order to turn on the Precise cursors. I'm also going to zoom in here so that we can make a more accurate selection, and I'll click around this second rectangle. And then if I want to add to this selection, I can click on the second icon in the Options bar and that will allow me to continue making selections here, without having to go and modify the mask yet.

So I will select that one, we will do one more right here, and it's going to be barely visible I think if we do the top one. So I will go ahead and leave that alone for now. So I've got these three rectangles selected. What I need to do is I need to modify the mask. Where the mask is white, I can see the green fill, where the mask is black, it's being hidden. So I need to choose Edit and then Fill, and we will fill these areas with White. As soon as I click OK, we can now see the green fill layer within those rectangles.

So let's go ahead and deselect, Cmd+ or Ctrl+D. If we Opt+Click the mask or Alt+Click the mask again, you can see that this is a very hard edged mask. So I want to soften that a little bit, but I want to do it in a non-destructive way. So I will click on the Properties panel with my mask selected, and then I'll move the Feather slider over a little bit. That's just going to give me a softer edge there, so that the transition of where the Paint Overlay appears and where it doesn't appear, is not as abrupt. Of course, we don't have to make a selection first if we want to add an overlay.

For example, if I wanted to add more of the green here in the bushes, I'll grab the Paintbrush by tapping the B key and I am going to take off the Cap Locks, because right now I have the Precise cursors, I can't tell how large my brush is. So now if I need to change or modify the brush size, I can use the left bracket ([) to make it smaller of the right bracket (]) to make it larger, and if I paint right now, I'm painting with 100%. But if I just want to add a little bit of green, so that it's not as powerful as the green here going up the stairway, then I can decrease the opacity of my brush.

Now when I paint, the paint is not going to be quite as severe. Now it does look little bit darker, but that's because the underlying bushes there were a little bit darker. Of course, we can zoom in and we can be as precise as we want here or we can go ahead and just fill this in quickly and kind of paint outside the lines. That is up to you. Let's go ahead and do this one more time. I want to paint the sky a different color, and we are actually going to do this in a little bit different of a manner. Instead of selecting the sky first, I'll add my Fill layer.

We will add the Solid color. I will call this Sky, we will come down to the Blend mode, and change that to Color, and click OK. I can pick a nice blue color, but you'll see that the blue is being overlaid in the entire image and that's because my mask is all White. Well, if I want to hide it from the entire image, I can select the mask and then choose Edit>Fill, we can fill the mask with Black. Now it hides that blue fill layer from the entire image but of course, if I tap the B key or if I have my Brush tool, we get a large brush here that's nice and soft edged, then I can just paint in the sky in the areas that I want the blue to appear.

So it's up to you whether you want to make your selection first and then add your Color Fill layer in the Color Blend mode, or if you want to just add it on top of the entire image, fill the mask with black, and then use a tool like the Paintbrush or maybe the Gradient tool to paint White in the mask to reveal that Color Fill layer in the areas of your image that need it. So there you have it, a quick and easy way to create a hand painted look in your image, using Photoshop's Fill layers.

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  1. 1m 42s
    1. What is Photoshop?
      1m 42s
  2. 1m 11s
    1. Welcome
      1m 11s
  3. 32m 15s
    1. What is Adobe Bridge?
      2m 49s
    2. Getting photos from a camera
      4m 27s
    3. A tour of workspaces in Bridge
      5m 32s
    4. Customizing how thumbnails are displayed
      3m 44s
    5. Changing file names and batch renaming
      2m 58s
    6. Adding basic metadata with metadata templates
      5m 10s
    7. Creating and applying keywords to images
      4m 58s
    8. Viewing images in Full Screen Preview mode
      2m 37s
  4. 27m 1s
    1. Using Review mode to filter out rejected images
      4m 18s
    2. Saving images in collections
      4m 23s
    3. Rating and labeling images
      3m 46s
    4. Using the Filter panel to view different subsets
      4m 16s
    5. Using smart collections
      4m 18s
    6. Viewing final selects in a slideshow
      2m 21s
    7. Organizing groups of images into stacks
      3m 39s
  5. 32m 8s
    1. Comparing RAW and JPEG files
      6m 10s
    2. Starting in Camera Raw instead of Photoshop
      3m 12s
    3. Touring the Camera Raw interface
      9m 13s
    4. Previewing before and after adjustments
      3m 58s
    5. Toggling onscreen shadow and highlight clipping warnings
      3m 11s
    6. Choosing output settings
      3m 36s
    7. Saving a copy without going to Photoshop
      2m 48s
  6. 38m 37s
    1. Using the nondestructive Crop tool
      4m 42s
    2. Correcting a horizon line with the Straighten tool
      2m 41s
    3. Fixing color casts with the White Balance tool
      3m 50s
    4. Fixing blown-out highlights
      2m 56s
    5. Revealing hidden shadow details
      3m 7s
    6. Correcting lens distortion
      3m 25s
    7. Making perspective corrections to images
      2m 40s
    8. Removing color fringing and chromatic aberrations
      2m 28s
    9. Sharpening the details
      7m 45s
    10. Making an average photo great
      5m 3s
  7. 51m 2s
    1. Using the Graduated Filter tool
      6m 57s
    2. Making local adjustments with the Adjustments Brush
      10m 19s
    3. Retouching blemishes with the Spot Removal tool
      3m 41s
    4. Exploring a quick portrait retouching technique using Clarity
      4m 31s
    5. Converting to black and white
      2m 36s
    6. Editing images directly with the Targeted Adjustment tool
      3m 21s
    7. Creating selective color effects with the Adjustment Brush
      6m 5s
    8. Using sepia and split-tone effects
      3m 33s
    9. Adding digital film grain texture effects
      2m 20s
    10. Adding vignettes and border effects
      3m 59s
    11. Saving variations within a single file with the Snapshot command
      3m 40s
  8. 15m 13s
    1. Copying and pasting settings across files
      2m 4s
    2. Processing multiple files in Camera Raw
      3m 22s
    3. Saving and using the library of Camera Raw presets
      6m 48s
    4. Using Image Processor to batch process files
      2m 59s
  9. 30m 24s
    1. Opening files from Bridge
      2m 7s
    2. Opening files from Mini Bridge
      2m 51s
    3. Customizing the Mini Bridge panel
      3m 59s
    4. Using the Application frame
      3m 34s
    5. Managing panels
      5m 14s
    6. Switching and saving workspaces
      4m 39s
    7. Switching tools using the keyboard
      2m 47s
    8. Customizing the keyboard shortcuts
      5m 13s
  10. 10m 25s
    1. Working with tabbed documents
      1m 34s
    2. Arranging documents
      1m 52s
    3. Stopping Photoshop from tabbing documents
      1m 32s
    4. Panning and zooming
      3m 14s
    5. Cycling through different screen modes
      2m 13s
  11. 15m 44s
    1. Understanding file formats
      4m 36s
    2. Choosing the resolution you need
      4m 39s
    3. Understanding Resize vs. Resample
      4m 11s
    4. Working with print sizes and resolution
      2m 18s
  12. 32m 53s
    1. Using Undo and the History panel
      3m 7s
    2. Using crop options
      3m 54s
    3. Understanding Hide vs. Delete for the Crop tool
      1m 46s
    4. Bringing back hidden pixels with Reveal All
      40s
    5. Making the canvas bigger with the Crop tool
      3m 31s
    6. Making the canvas bigger using the Relative option in the Canvas Size command
      2m 18s
    7. Using the Perspective Crop tool
      1m 27s
    8. Straightening a crooked image
      2m 29s
    9. Scaling, skewing, and rotating with Free Transform
      5m 46s
    10. Making nondestructive transformations with Smart Objects
      2m 34s
    11. Warping images
      2m 48s
    12. Preserving important elements with Content-Aware Scale
      2m 33s
  13. 30m 41s
    1. Exploring layer basics
      11m 16s
    2. Loading, selecting, and transforming layers
      8m 4s
    3. Organizing layers using layer groups
      5m 3s
    4. Merging, rasterizing, and flattening layers
      6m 18s
  14. 43m 11s
    1. Using the Marquee and Lasso tools
      5m 43s
    2. Combining selections
      4m 4s
    3. Converting a selection into a layer mask
      5m 29s
    4. Using the Quick Selection tool
      4m 35s
    5. Selecting soft-edged objects using Refine Edge
      9m 42s
    6. Touching up a layer mask with the Brush tool
      7m 22s
    7. Changing the opacity, size, and hardness of the painting tools
      3m 17s
    8. Blending images with a gradient layer mask
      2m 59s
  15. 34m 36s
    1. Introducing adjustment layers
      3m 47s
    2. Starting with a preset
      2m 18s
    3. Improving tonal quality with Levels
      5m 31s
    4. Increasing midtone contrast with Curves
      6m 44s
    5. Removing a color cast with Auto Color
      2m 30s
    6. Changing the color temperature with Photo Filter
      2m 29s
    7. Shifting colors with Hue/Saturation
      4m 41s
    8. Making washed-out colors pop with Vibrance
      2m 48s
    9. Converting color to black and white
      1m 47s
    10. Controlling which layers are affected by an adjustment layer
      2m 1s
  16. 19m 33s
    1. Adjusting shadows and highlights
      5m 44s
    2. Replacing color using Selective Color
      3m 49s
    3. Using fill layers to create a hand-painted look
      6m 5s
    4. Using a gradient fill layer to add a color wash
      3m 55s
  17. 52m 9s
    1. Removing blemishes with the Spot Healing Brush and the Patch tool
      12m 42s
    2. De-emphasizing wrinkles with the Healing Brush
      4m 52s
    3. Smoothing skin and pores with the High Pass filter
      6m 19s
    4. Making teeth bright and white with a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      3m 21s
    5. Brightening eyes with Curves
      7m 0s
    6. Taming flyaway hair with the Patch tool
      3m 44s
    7. Removing unwanted details with Content-Aware Fill
      5m 49s
    8. Body sculpting with Liquify
      8m 22s
  18. 24m 12s
    1. Creating panoramas with Photomerge and Auto-Blend
      4m 48s
    2. Combining multiple frames in an action sequence
      8m 44s
    3. Swapping heads in a family portrait
      10m 40s
  19. 38m 26s
    1. Overview of filters
      2m 52s
    2. Applying filters nondestructively using Smart Filters
      5m 18s
    3. Creating a soft glow with the Gaussian Blur filter
      3m 35s
    4. Creating an infrared look with Diffuse Glow
      2m 14s
    5. Adding noise with the Add Noise filter
      6m 27s
    6. Sharpening an image with Unsharp Mask
      5m 11s
    7. Giving an image texture with the Texturizer filter
      1m 49s
    8. Using the Field, Iris, and Tilt-Shift Blurs
      6m 1s
    9. Creating a painting with the Oil Paint filter
      1m 34s
    10. Applying a filter to multiple layers
      3m 25s
  20. 22m 16s
    1. Cycling through the blending modes
      6m 42s
    2. Adding a lens flare effect with Screen
      2m 40s
    3. Scanning or photographing paper to add a deckled edge
      3m 1s
    4. Making a cast shadow more realistic with Multiply
      5m 21s
    5. Sharpening an image with High Pass and Overlay
      2m 26s
    6. Adding a realistic off-center vignette
      2m 6s
  21. 20m 9s
    1. Exploring character (point) type
      7m 6s
    2. Adding paragraph (area) type
      3m 38s
    3. Adding type on a path
      4m 44s
    4. Clipping an image inside type
      3m 3s
    5. Warping type
      1m 38s
  22. 15m 57s
    1. Adding a drop shadow effect
      6m 15s
    2. Adding edges, textures, and color overlays using layer styles
      4m 27s
    3. Creating a transparent logo or watermark
      2m 42s
    4. Knowing how and when to scale layer effects
      2m 33s
  23. 15m 45s
    1. Creating contact sheets
      2m 49s
    2. Using the Output workspace in Bridge
      5m 32s
    3. Exporting web photo galleries
      4m 20s
    4. Saving for the web
      3m 4s
  24. 23m 38s
    1. Working with video clips
      9m 29s
    2. Adding special effects to video
      5m 45s
    3. Adding pans and zooms to still images
      8m 24s
  25. 1m 10s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 10s

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