Want to add more stylization to your image? There are a slew of effects in Pixelmator that create trendy looks that seem like they could be created from Instagram. Where are these effects located? How do you use them? In this movie, author Richard Harrington demonstrates several effects in Pixelmator that add more punch to your image.
- Let's go ahead and work with another image from our train series, and in this case, what I want to take advantage of are some effects that can quickly stylize the image. These are a great way to add attractive effects. Many of which are considered kind of trendy. And from the Effects browser, we'll choose Stylize. Now, there's a wide range of effects here. Personally, I like to duplicate the layer so I can always blend it back with itself if it's a bit strong. Let's apply a sketch look, and you see how we can quickly adjust the intensity and the threshold there to create something that looks more like an illustration rather than a photo.
There's the before and after. Sometimes these effects will look a little different when you hit Apply. If you want a better judge, work at 100% so you can really see what's happening. You can always mix these together to combine the two. Sometimes using an illustration in an overlay style is a great way to really get an interesting effect from a flatter photo to a more stylized grungy type picture. All right, let's throw that away. And we'll duplicate that layer.
I'll continue to work here at 50% magnification, and let's grab Vintage. Well, this one offers several different choices and you'll see here that you can introduce very quick effects. Now, what these are doing is simply just changing how the colors are being manipulated. And you can refine that with the Saturation Slider for an intense effect or a much lower saturation. I'll press CMD 0 here to zoom out.
You'll also notice that the vintage effect has a vignette built in to darken the edges. Now, you can run a filter like that, and simply repeat it again. You may find that stacking a filter a couple of times starts moving you more and more into that look you're going for. In this case, sort of a blown out look on the color, and we can even introduce additional color shift there by applying a slightly different preset. Again, I can't emphasize enough, always try blending that with the copy down below.
Using different modes, this case Overlay, gave us a great affect that looks to age that photo and really change it's character. All right, let's throw that away, and I'll show you another one that I like a lot, and that is Gloom. Now Gloom is an odd sounding name, but what it does is it creates a very interesting blurring effect, and at the same time, darkening. So it softens areas and darkens them at the same time.
Well, this is a great way to apply that with a couple of passes. There we go. And then blend that using a mode that's going to make things darker like Multiply. Now, you've got a great effect that just punches things up and dramatically changes the light in the scene. I prefer Gloom as a blended copy. It really makes it easy to change the lighting or the feel. Now by working non-destructively, you get the ability to quickly jump in and out.
You will find that there's a wide range of effects from Sketch to Edge Detection here. And all of these can simulate drawing styles. Finding the edges could be great, and I do recommend you zoom in to 100% so you can really see it, and that's a great way to do edges. And you might be wondering why you would do that, but now, dropping that into screen mode, makes it easy to emphasize the edges. You see the black details drop out, but all the edges are now emphasized with that duplicated stylized copy.
This is a lot of fun. Now, it's up to you what you do here, but I always find that working with that copy is the best approach. This way as you start to stylize things, and you start to really build up the look you're going for, you always get that flexibility when you click OK to mix that together either with a simple opacity slider or better yet, select your move tool, and press Shift + to change your blend mode.
By blending, you can get an interesting composite effect and then easily adjust the opacity until you get the final look you're going for. Using blended stylized copies are a great way. In this case, I've really brought out the texture, giving that rust in the metal a really good-looking surface. And I think that's an excellent look, and because it's on it's own layer with it's own slider, I can dial that in to the exact look that I'm going for. And remember, if you want to take this to the next level, you can always apply a mask to this layer.
This would allow you to then to very easily paint. So, if you wanted to not grunge up this area, just press "b" on your brush tool, grab black as your color, and paint that in with a lower opacity brush. You want a little bit less here on this front rail? No problem. Grab your paintbrush, and just paint and you're essentially masking the stylized copy and revealing the layer down below.
So, you can see there if you look at it, we're just cutting up some holes in that stylized version, and it leads to a really interesting effect.
- Working with files
- Creating new layers
- Making targeted adjustments with selections
- Cropping and masking
- Designing with layers
- Working with text, painting, and the shape tools
- Retouching an image
- Enhancing and stylizing images or objects
- Outputting specific files and graphics for other applications