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Working with canvas texture

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My artist brushes provide the authentic appearance of a traditional brush. But brushstrokes are often influenced by the texture of the applied surface, which is typically canvas. The artist's brushes come with a set of six canvas textures and enabling these textures adds a whole new level of expressive quality to applied strokes. Let's take a look. Well, the first thing I want to start off saying is unfortunately in Photoshop, the words pattern and texture gets somewhat interchangeably used. So sometimes you'll hear the same element referred to as a pattern and sometimes a texture.

Working with canvas texture

My artist brushes provide the authentic appearance of a traditional brush. But brushstrokes are often influenced by the texture of the applied surface, which is typically canvas. The artist's brushes come with a set of six canvas textures and enabling these textures adds a whole new level of expressive quality to applied strokes. Let's take a look. Well, the first thing I want to start off saying is unfortunately in Photoshop, the words pattern and texture gets somewhat interchangeably used. So sometimes you'll hear the same element referred to as a pattern and sometimes a texture.

I definitely think of them as textures, and it does say Texture panel here. This is the sub-panel of Texture that you'll find in the Brush palette. So once you're here, this is where you can control all of these textures and if we click here we'll see these are the six patterns that are included with my artist brushes and I've just created a variety of different canvas weaves, all the way from very coarse to very fine, so you've got a lot of character differences in the way these are going to look in concert with a brush.

The other thing that's important to know is you can adjust the Scale and we've got a little sample here of the current brush, and you'll see that as I change the Scale I can get, even with the same texture, I can get what looks like a very fine textured canvas, or I can go up and get a very large coarse-grained canvas. So Scale is one of the things you're going to want to work with. Also, Depth is very important. Let's just do a little sample stroke here so you're seeing what this does.

If I didn't have Texture enabled, this is what my brush looks like, and you may want to use brushes like this some of the time, but without texture, they lose a lot of their character, and enabling texture is just a matter of clicking on the little check box next to Texture in the Brush panel and now I've got a nice texture working with my brush. I can further play with this texture through the Depth slider. The lower it is, the less I'm going to affect all of the grain.

In fact, see I'm pressing down as hard as I can and I never penetrate all the way down into the grain, whereas if I go increase the Depth slider, now with very light strokes, I'm using pressure here. I can still get a very light amount of texture, but if I press hard, now I'm completely filling and flooding the texture of the canvas. One of the things that artist will often do is use a light amount of pressure to just kind of skip along the top of that grain so that I am getting somewhat of an optical affect of orange right here, because the eye wants to start intermixing the yellow and the red together to produce orange.

So Texture can be used for one thing just to make a stroke have that characteristic that you associate so much with oil paint on canvas. But you can also use it like artists do to overlay a light dusting of texture so to speak on top of a second color to produce interesting optical blends in the eye. So to wrap up, the appearance of canvas weave is integral to the vocabulary of paint.

You may choose to keep it subtle or pump it up to a major visual component of your expressive style. Either way, the artist brushes canvas textures are there to enrich your paintings.

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Digital Painting: Street Scene

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  1. 8m 50s
    1. Welcome
      1m 11s
    2. Using the exercise files
      39s
    3. Installing custom brushes
      7m 0s
  2. 22m 3s
    1. Understanding the visual vocabulary
      4m 46s
    2. Using the vocabulary of photography
      6m 41s
    3. Using the vocabulary of painting
      7m 1s
    4. Looking at reality through a mental painting filter
      3m 35s
  3. 10m 22s
    1. Understanding that resolution is in the brush strokes
      3m 6s
    2. Understanding the subject
      7m 16s
  4. 16m 1s
    1. Removing lens distortions
      2m 33s
    2. Using the Free Transform tool
      4m 42s
    3. Using the Lens Correction filter
      4m 36s
    4. Understanding the ACR lens correction profiles
      4m 10s
  5. 12m 23s
    1. Working with Vibrance
      3m 14s
    2. Using the Match Color command
      2m 59s
    3. Understanding the traditional paint color swatch set
      6m 10s
  6. 16m 6s
    1. The eye has a bettor sensor than a camera
      3m 16s
    2. Using the Shadow/Highlight filter
      3m 17s
    3. Using the HDR Toning filter
      5m 23s
    4. Understanding how RAW files provide malleability
      4m 10s
  7. 14m 42s
    1. Working with the Reduce Noise filter
      2m 50s
    2. Working with the Surface Blur filter
      3m 6s
    3. Using Smart Blur for simplification
      2m 51s
    4. Working with the Topaz Simplify plug-in
      5m 55s
  8. 31m 10s
    1. NDLP: A creative safety net
      5m 1s
    2. Using custom actions
      9m 41s
    3. Using the reference layer
      5m 29s
    4. Cloning layers
      6m 5s
    5. Working with the Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      4m 54s
  9. 17m 28s
    1. Brush categorization
      10m 1s
    2. Working with canvas texture
      3m 41s
    3. Using Sample All Layers
      3m 46s
  10. 12m 48s
    1. Being willing to destroy detail
      7m 21s
    2. Establishing the painting style
      5m 27s
  11. 25m 1s
    1. Simplified indication
      9m 3s
    2. Understanding color
      4m 10s
    3. Introducing texture
      11m 48s
  12. 17m 36s
    1. Providing rest areas for the eye
      6m 55s
    2. Focusing on the subject through detail
      10m 41s
  13. 24m 20s
    1. Being willing to depart from the original
      6m 48s
    2. Creating detail to enhance the artwork
      8m 36s
    3. Creating physical surface texture effects
      8m 56s
  14. 10m 33s
    1. Waiting a day
      4m 14s
    2. Examining your importance hierarchy
      6m 19s
  15. 57s
    1. Goodbye
      57s

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