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Working With Brushes And Pattern Overlay in Photoshop

Khara Plicanic

Create Mixed Media Portraits

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2. Working With Brushes And Pattern Overlay in Photoshop

Lesson Info

Working With Brushes And Pattern Overlay in Photoshop

I am here right now in bridge, and we're gonna start are painted portrait with two files. So I'm gonna click to select this one, Commander control Click to select this glitter. These come to us from our friends at Adobe Stock and we'll pop these open here in a photo shop. So before we get started, we're gonna be using some of Kyle Webster's Photoshopped brushes, which, if you are not familiar with them, they are like the creme de la creme of Photoshopped brushes. And it's a pretty big deal that Adobe acquired the use and rights Teoh include these brushes here. So if you are a creative cloud subscriber, you already have them for free. I've just I'm going to show you how to get them into photo shop. So you wanna start by grabbing your brush tool over here, you compress be on your keyboard or just find your brush tool. And if we come up to the panel options up here and we clicked, open this. So click this little down arrow and then we go over here to this little gear icon and you click. T...

here is this option right here to just get more brushes. And if we click on that, it's gonna take us straight to this page on adobes website with Kyle's brushes. And I will just tell you, well, the scroll through here so you can see he's very prolific in his brush creation. So you are getting I don't know. I've never counted them, but, like hundreds of brushes, and he has them grouped into these different sets, so you can individually download all of those sets. Um, and he's still apparently adding to them because he released this summer 2018 brush pack. So that's pretty cool. I haven't played with that one much yet, but, um, they're amazing. So I recommend downloading all of them will be using for this class we're gonna be using, um, watercolor and Impressionist. I don't know a lot rakes. Spatter, I'd say. Just get him. But this is where they are. So what you do is you click to download and it just becomes a dot a BR file, and if you just double click it, it should already automatically install in photo shop. But if it doesn't for some reason, or if you just want to do it, the other way within Photoshopped from the Brushes panel who can click that gear. And once you've downloaded it, ah, you would click import brushes and then navigate to that dot DBR file and it will load, and then you'll see it here so highly recommend it. Of course you're freed. Experiment with the brushes that come with Adobe as well that are already pre installed, and we'll be using those two. So, um, but Kyle's Russia's air just so fun. So you can see here in my brushes palette that I have, um, Kyle's brushes here, and I put them all in a folder because look how many packs if we collapse all of them. Look how many different packs there are. And each pack has, like hundreds of Russian food, kind of a lot to manage. And I have just found that it helps keep this panel from getting out of control if I put them in a folder and then, um, I can click to expand these as needed. So we are going to start by using his Impressionist brush set. So I'm going to scroll through here and find the Impressionist folder and click to Toilet Open and I'll scroll down here and I should also point out, I guess if you don't see if your brush panel doesn't look like this from the year, you can also change what you're viewing. So I'm viewing the my brushes by name, by stroke and with the tip preview so you can customize how your display here is set up. But this is how I like to have it, so yours might look different, But you wanna find what you're looking for In this case, we're going to go with the Impressionists breast Surat here, and to choose this brush, I just double click, and you can see that my cursor looks like this. If I want to make my brush a little bigger, I can use or smaller I can use the left or right bracket keys next to the letter P. So I'm gonna hit the right bracket a little just to kind of enlarge that slightly. Before we get painting, though we want to create a blank layer. So every time we paint, it's good to work on a blank layer. So at the bottom of the layers panel, I'm going to click the new, uh, make a new layer button right here. If for some reason you don't see your layers panel like all panels, you can find it from the window menu, so window layers should pop it up open for you. If you don't already see it, I'm going to select a color to before we get started. This brush has some meat color properties, so I'm going to choose a orangish color from my color swatch panel. So let's go toe window and shoes, watches that'll pop open our Swatch panel. And I'm just going to click to select like an orange like this. So that's all it takes is a single click, and then I can click right here to collapse the panel. And then I'm just gonna paint and you'll notice that I'm getting orange but also reds and a little hints towards yellow. So I thought, this image is so colorful and very bold and very simple shapes, really. But I thought she could use, um, some clothing perhaps so why don't we just paint that on? So that's a really simple interaction here. I love the texture that this brush has and the way that it plays with color So let's check out another brush. We'll come back to this toe, add our glitter in a little bit, but at the bottom of the layers panel, we're going to click to add another new layer. And this time, let's go back to our brushes. And from here, I'm going to collapse that Impressionist folder and we're gonna open his rake Folder said. He has a whole collection of Riek brushes because it's Kyle and he's anything like that. So what we are looking for here, you can try any of these, but I screwing around. Ah, which one did they go with? I thought it was called Fat Reek with a pH. Maybe I'm just not there it is. Ha ha! All right, so when you find it, they are kind of hard. They're in alphabetical order, so but, um, they're all perfect prefixed with Kyle's rakes or Kyle's watercolors or whatever, so sometimes it tricks your eye. But so Ph. 80. So to select this brush, I'm just going to double click it, and now I'm going to change to a yellow color so I'll pop my swatches panel back open and select. It's like a nice gold color and I'm trying Teoh, do something fun with this fabric band that she has on her hat. So I basically want my brush to be about this size. So again, the left or right bracket keys on your keyboard are gonna are what's going to make this brush change sizes if you need to adjust the angle of your brush. If for some reason your brushes being like horizontal, you can come up here to your control panel and this right here. If you grab this arrow, you can click and drag to rotate your brush. So now we can see Tom. You're able to change the angle there, but I want it to be right straight up and down like that. And now I'm just going to click and drag Teoh pink basically a ribbon on her hat. So really simple. Nothing too complicated. But now we're going to take it up a notch and add some sparkle to this because I always tried incorporate glitter because it's just so fun and really easy to dio. So also included in the course files is this fun glitter image. Now this happens to be gold glitter, which is beautiful And that's actually what we're gonna end up using. We're gonna be making gold glitter, but so that we can use this glitter later in other ways. In other colors, we're gonna make it silver so we can colorize it in Photoshopped later. Hey, so it's gonna be more usable this way. So what we're gonna do it was a quick de saturate. So we're going to come up to image adjustments and choose de saturate. Or you can do the keyboard shortcut command shift. You are control shift. You It was just a quick and dirty de saturate. And now we need to do a levels adjustment because the contrast could use a big jump. So I'm gonna press command or control l to bring up levels. We're gonna drag the shadow slider in. There we go and highlight shadow or highlight flight er in. We're dragging everything into the middle to really just make this ah, higher contrast and probably something about like here probably worked pretty well and when we're happy with it will click. OK, so what we're gonna do now is convert this into a pattern. To do that, we need to first select it which will do by pressing commander control A to put marching ants all the way around our document. And then we'll come up and choose edit. Define pattern. We're gonna call this glitter. We'll click. OK, now, where did that go? It went into our pattern presets. But here's the thing. We really should save this so that no matter what we do to our patterns, no matter if we accidentally delete something or throw it away or whatever, Um, we want to make sure we have this. So I always like when I create my patterns, I like to just save all my presets out right away. So we're gonna come up to the edit menu and choose presets. Preset manager This was a pattern. So from the preset type, we're going to select patterns. Now, hear, this is whatever my last pattern set. Waas um, we'll get to that in a minute. But the one that we just made is this one right here. If I hover over, it should pop up, tell us maybe maybe it'll pop up. Uh, sometimes it pops up, it'll say glitter or whatever the name was. So I'm just going to select the last pattern. It should be the last one because it's when we just created. So it'll show last. I'm going to select it and I'm going to choose save set. We'll just put this on my desktop and we'll call it my patterns and hit save. And that's all you have to dio. The fact that we selected it means that it's going to be its own set. Otherwise, right now, it's just kind of temporarily in here with these patterns. But if we switch to a different pattern library, we would lose it, so we wanna save it out. So by selecting it, we put this by itself in its own set that will not include all these things. These are defaults from another set that we'll get to later. So we'll go ahead and click done. And now we're done with this image of the glitter, and we can actually just close that, and it's asking if we want to save it. We don't have to. Okay, so now we've done that. Let's add the glitter effect to this hat painting layer. So first of all, let's rename our layer instead of layer to will call it hat and later one could be dress or scarf or whatever. Eso We just double click to put our course turn there and we can give it a new name. So we're gonna add this pattern of glitter. We're gonna add it as a layer effect. So down from the at the bottom of the layers panel, we're going to click to add the effects. And we're going to choose pattern overly So there's a lot of different categories of effects that we can apply, so we'll choose pattern overlay. And here's where we select the pattern. So from this little drop down arrow, we're going to click. And there's got all these different patterns in here, and yours probably looks different than mine. That's OK, but if you followed along and created the glitter, then we should see that at the at the bottom, so we'll click to select it. And here's the fun part where we can change the blend mode. And if we change it from, let's see, let's put the a pass it e 100%. We do normal. We'll see the glitter just appear right here. So maybe we wanna have silver glitter that would be, that would be fine. But what we're going to dio is it's not multiply. I want to say it's I forget which blend mode I ended up liking. The best penlight works nicely. Luminosity, I think. Yeah, so you can experiment. But by changing this blend mode, you can change the way that the paint that's on your layer. In this case, the yellow rake paint interacts with the glitter pattern. So we made the pattern de saturated so it looks silver, because then it can take on the color that we have on that layer. So if I leave this luminosity blend mode that will blend the color of the paint on our layer with the pattern of the glitter in this case, the silver glitter and with the result is gold glitter or pink glitter or any kind of color that we want so we can adjust the scale here. If we wanna make the glitter smaller, we can drag that scale down. I wouldn't put it above 100% because it's gonna get Ghar Billy, but I'm going to drag it down, maybe around 50 and then we'll go ahead and click OK, now, just to show you how this works and what What's so cool about that? We made that glitter be silver is because now, if I want to change the paint on this layer, let's lock the transparency of this layer. So I'm gonna click this button right here and now I can just fill this layer with a new color, and it will change the color of the glitter. So let's come up here. And if I wanted to make the glitter purple, I could select a purple color and then I can hit option delete on my keyboard to fill that layer with my foreground color over here. And, um, it'll just take that glitter. And now it's purple. OK, if we had made the glitter and kept it as gold, then we wouldn't have that same effect. Uh, so that's why we made it black and white or silver in this case. And now we can change the color of the glitter by just changing the color of the paint on this layer. So I'll go back to a nice yellow, maybe even maybe a brighter one. Oof! There we go. I'm like, in this more mustardy yellow seems to work really well. So again, that's just picking the color, any color you want. And then once you have that color active over here in your foreground Swatch, you can just press option or Ault delete, and it will fill this layer with color. And we locked the transparency so that it doesn't feel the whole layer. It just fills the area that we've already painted, so that's pretty cool. Let's go back to the dress layer here, and we're gonna add some paint here. But let's put actually a new new layer for that. So a new blank layer and to keep us from having to reapply the glitter. Here's what Weaken dio on our new blank layer. We're gonna option or Ault drag this pattern overlay effect down and drop it on our our new blank layer one and that will allow us to just paint and glitter. So I've got my yellow paint still active from when I painted are filled in the glitter up here. Let's go get our brush one more time, so I'm coming back up here to my options. And one of the nice features here is that photo shot keeps track of different brushes that we've used recently, so I don't have to go back and like squirrel through all of Kyle's brushes to get back to that impressionist brush that we just used to paint the dress. I can just come back here, and that was my last previous brush. So I'll just double click and it remembers time. We're painting on a blank layer again with the Impressionist brush with yellow paint, and we've applied this effect of the pattern overlay and watch what happens. Now I'm going to use my brush like a stamp, and now I'm getting glitter right coming out of my brush. I just think that's so much fun. Okay, so very cool. Very fun. Use of patterns. And again we could double click this. And if we wanted to scale that somehow, if we want to make it different for some reason in her dress, we can edit that, so I'm actually going to scale it down a little more here. So all I did to do that was double click the pattern overly effect. And I get back to this ah layer style box and then I can adjust the scaling right here. So again, that's the silver glitter. And we're in luminosity blend mode. And that's what allows that glitter to take on whatever color we paint on this layer. Okay? And finally, a little bit of fun whimsy. We're gonna add some purple rain into this image, so we'll make yet another new blank clear. Let's go back to our brushes. And I always like when I leave one category of Russia's I like to close it because otherwise I get lost really quickly in all of these brushes. So we had the rake brush folder open, so I'm gonna close that. And this time, let's scroll down Teoh. His concept brushes right here. Gonna open that And these are These are really there's some neat stuff in here. There's like spoilage, brushes and bird brushes and scales and all kinds of things. And what we're looking for is rain. And so we're I'm scrolling quickly because they are alphabetized. So rain, of course, starts with s. Excuse me are Gary are are for rain drops and he's got all different kinds of raindrops. So I'm gonna grab these ones that are actually raindrops cartoon. So I'm gonna click to select it are double click to select it and close the panel at the same time. I'll press the right bracket key to make this cursor a bit bigger so we can see what's happening. And I'm gonna grab some purple because of obviously Prince fans will go some purple rain. Um, so let's see what's happening. If I click right now, I'm getting sideways rain, which that could be fun. Maybe it's very windy where she is. We all know that rain can blow sideways. But if we want to adjust the way that this rain is going to fall, we can change that in our options up here for the brush. So I'm going to click Teoh, open this. And if we drag this arrow here again, just gonna rotate it until I see that the brush is facing the way that I want it to be. This brush comes with some angle presets. Um, I think it's supposed to jitter around, depending how you paint with it. So you might have to fiddle with this and test to get it to do what you want to dio. But this is how you do it. You can turn this around here until you get the direction that you want for your rain drops. And then I'm just gonna click to make these a little bit bigger click and maybe I click and drag and maybe I use it like a stamp. It just kind of depends how much rain we we want to add to this. If I don't like it, I can undo it. We could mask it later. There's a lot of different options and actually kind of wanting it to rotate a little bit like it's gonna come in from the side. There we go. This looks a little more like what I had in mind, so I'm just sort of stamping and clicking and dragging a little. I'm trying to avoid having it over her face if I need Teoh. If I do something like that and get it in her face, well, then it's time for a layer mask. So that's easy enough to fix. I'm gonna rename this rain layer with rain by double clicking on it and typing rain, and then we'll just add a layer mask so we can hide anything that we might want to get off of her face. So at the bottom of the layers panel, we'll click the mask icon and we'll change our brush. Go back to our defaults, wherever it is that you're defaults are in your brush panel and find a soft round brush. And then you want to paint with black. In this case, so you compress D for default colors. If you don't already have it here and then X to exchange them or flip flop to get black on top, you can also click this little double headed arrow. So we went black on top, and then we just paint on top of anything we want to get rid of. So if you there's any rain drops anywhere that are like too many in one spot and you just don't like it, you can just brush them away. So maybe you don't have good raindrop distribution. If you make a mistake and you erase too much, just press X on your keyboard to get white back on top, and then you can paint over any areas if you want to bring something back. So that is a quick look at how masking works. All right, so we've painted a little bit. We've added some pattern overlays. So at this point, obviously, if you love your work and one share it with us, I want to see it. So you would save this out, Go to file, save as and save it. Um, like a J peg. I guess if you're gonna upload that and share it with us

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Part photo, part digital painting & mixed media, 100% fun. Join Khara Plicanic to learn how to create one-of-a-kind mixed media portraits using Adobe® Photoshop® brushes, textures, and patterns. You’ll be amazed with what’s already available and at your fingertips. Explore the hidden nooks and crannies of Photoshop that you never knew existed and wow yourself with what you’re capable of. Pros and novices alike will come away with a finished project to be proud of. 


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