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Adobe Photoshop CC Bootcamp

Lesson 116 of 118

Bonus: Adding Textures to Photos


Adobe Photoshop CC Bootcamp

Lesson 116 of 118

Bonus: Adding Textures to Photos


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Bonus: Adding Textures to Photos

So the next thing we have in our little grab bag here of bonus stuff is gonna be textures, adding textures to images. I gave you a bunch of textures with this course, but one of the things that I did not show is necessarily how to use them. (laughs) I showed you how to use grunge textures, those grunge layers that we apply with your screen, or with Multiply, but the same kind of thing applies with a regular texture. If we just go back out here, we'll go to our Lessons, and go to our Extras, and go into our Textures. These are all the textures that I have given you with this course. You can see, let's just take, this is one of my favorite ones. Let's open this one up. And I'm gonna apply this texture layer on top of this image here. I'm gonna press V for the Move tool. Just press it and move it. Press and hold Shift. If it's bigger, just press Control+T, and then Control+0, and get it back down to the size that it needs to be. 'Bout right there. We could've gone a little bit smaller, bu...

t that works for me. So a texture by itself is not actually a texture. It's an individual layer, the individual picture that's been taken from something that looks tactile in nature, therefor texture is the word that we use for that. I like to spend a lot of time around dumpsters. They have the best textures on the planet. (audience laughter) So I tend to shoot them with my cellphone, with the flash on, because I want a washed-out look. I don't want to have shadows and depth and stuff inside that texture, because those shadows will apply themselves to the image. I want just a basic color swatch with deteriorated stuff on it. So if we think about a texture, and how we can use it in our photographs, we need to think about that texture in the layer, and think about the layer and those apps. So what can we use? We can use Blend Modes, we can use Blend IF, we can use opacity. We can use all kinds of things to get this texture to blend in with the image. So I could change this mode to Soft Light. And you can see that we have the texture, these little lines kinda rippin' through the image there. If I press Command or Control+I, I get a whole different look for that. They go from being red lines to being blue lines. Command or Control+I on any layer is gonna give you its inversion, it's gonna give you a second option. So if I change that from something like Soft Light to maybe Overlay, again it's gonna give me a different look. Press Command or Control+I, now it's gonna be more powerful and more potent because that's the difference between Overlay and Soft Light. Those two blend modes work really well together on this. Now with those other Grunge layers that we showed before, we used things like Screen, and we used Multiply. You could still use Screen and Multiply with an image that's not black and white, they just tend to work a little bit better with black and white images. So if we change this to Soft Light. Let's do Overlay, actually. We can also use opacity here. Or we could double click inside here and use Blend Modes, and Blend IF. So if I double-click on this, I can press Alt or Option on the dark areas, and let those dark areas shine though this texture, and let the light areas shine through this texture, like they aren't going to be effecting those windows at all. And there we go, K? So there's a series of textures that are included in here, and what I want you to do is I want you to play with them on your photographs using all those different apps. You got your Blend Modes, you got your Blend IF, you got your Overlay, you've got your opacity, and you've got your Fill. All those different things that can be used to modify one layer, and how it applies itself to the layer underneath. Another thing about that too is it not necessarily with textures, but with the painted background. I'm also giving you painted backgrounds here. The painted backgrounds can be used very well on images of people. So this is a perfect example. I photographed my wife on (chuckles) our basement wall. You can even see my lights in the background there. Again, I told you, whatever you have as your studio is good enough, right? Just use that. She needed a quick image to put, I forget what it was for, it was for something. She needed something as like a, it wasn't a profile image, she needed something for her business. So I said OK, just go ahead and set up, and I'll go ahead and shoot it for you. Just a quick little headshot. But I didn't have any good backgrounds to put behind her. So what I did was, I just shot her in the studio, and then I made some painted backgrounds from Textures to make them look like paintings that I could then put behind her to almost look as if I shot and photographed her on a painted backdrop. So I'm gonna go ahead and open up. I've already pre-baked this. I pre-baked it so that she is not there. Her background is not there. So open up this, open up this, open them up in Photoshop. And this will be an example of one of the painted backdrops that I'm giving you. It's not gonna look perfect right out the box. And there's a reason. I want you to be able to do different things to this so that you maybe do different colors with it, or you blur it or you do something, but this is just your base that you can add. So if I press V for my Move tool. Move this behind here. It's kinda like a composite. Press Command or Control+T to get it to fit inside this canvas, and then put it behind her. Doesn't look very good, does it? Nope, not really, but what I can do is the same trick I did before in our compositing trick. Add a new layer, B form my Brush tool, to make it look just like it would look if I were to photograph her on a backdrop that has light on that backdrop, OK? And now, I can change the color and alter this backdrop. I can make a color overlay, and maybe change that to a blueish color, or a cyanish color that'll be nice and attractive towards her skin tone and her shirt. And then change that Blend Mode to color and that will change that painted backdrop's color. Maybe drop the opacity a little bit, let some of that shine through. And, I can go to Filter, Blur, Gaussian Blur, and I can blur that painted backdrop to make it appear like it's disappearing with the bocca there. I need some further work to do on probably her portrait after this, but you can see the difference between something like that, something like that. (laughter) Hey, it's a lot better. So those painted backdrops can be used for just about anything. Don't take them necessarily for face value, 'cause if you do, they're not that pretty. You can also use Curves adjustment layers on them too. So if I were to take a Curve, on that backdrop, could brighten up that backdrop a little bit too. So it's not competing with the foreground elements. It's kinda like using a texture, but here's, it's kinda like the mixture of a composite, and a texture in a way.

Class Description

Adobe® Photoshop CC® is a valuable tool for photographers, but it can also be intimidating. In this all-inclusive 20 lesson course, you’ll go from opening the program for the first time to creating images that really stand out. Join Blake Rudis, Photoshop expert and founder of f64 Academy, as he shows you how to maximize your use of Photoshop. 

Topics covered will include:

  • Class Introduction & Bridge, Adobe Camera Raw, Setup Interface, Cropping and Layers
  • Layer Tools, Masks, Selections, Clean-Up Tools and Shapes & Text
  • Smart Objects, Transforming, Actions, Filters, and Editing Video
  • Custom Creative Effects, Natural Retouching, Portrait Workflow, Landscape Workflow, and Composite Workflow

Don’t let the many aspects of Photoshop prevent you from maximizing your use of this amazing app. Blake will help you develop the confidence to use your imagination and create the images that you will be proud to share with your clients.


Adobe Photoshop CC 2018


  1. Bootcamp Introduction
  2. The Bridge Interface
  3. Setting up Bridge
  4. Overview of Bridge
  5. Practical Application of Bridge
  6. Introduction to Raw Editing
  7. Setting up ACR Preferences & Interface
  8. Global Tools Part 1
  9. Global Tools Part 2
  10. Local Tools
  11. Introduction to the Photoshop Interface
  12. Toolbars, Menus and Windows
  13. Setup and Interface
  14. Adobe Libraries
  15. Saving Files
  16. Introduction to Cropping
  17. Cropping for Composition in ACR
  18. Cropping for Composition in Photoshop
  19. Cropping for the Subject in Post
  20. Cropping for Print
  21. Perspective Cropping in Photoshop
  22. Introduction to Layers
  23. Vector & Raster Layers Basics
  24. Adjustment Layers in Photoshop
  25. Organizing and Managing Layers
  26. Introduction to Layer Tools and Blend Modes
  27. Screen and Multiply and Overlay
  28. Soft Light Blend Mode
  29. Color and Luminosity Blend Modes
  30. Color Burn and Color Dodge Blend Modes
  31. Introduction to Layer Styles
  32. Practical Application: Layer Tools
  33. Introduction to Masks and Brushes
  34. Brush Basics
  35. Custom Brushes
  36. Brush Mask: Vignettes
  37. Brush Mask: Curves Dodge & Burn
  38. Brush Mask: Hue & Saturation
  39. Mask Groups
  40. Clipping Masks
  41. Masking in Adobe Camera Raw
  42. Practical Applications: Masks
  43. Introduction to Selections
  44. Basic Selection Tools
  45. The Pen Tool
  46. Masks from Selections
  47. Selecting Subjects and Masking
  48. Color Range Mask
  49. Luminosity Masks Basics
  50. Introduction to Cleanup Tools
  51. Adobe Camera Raw
  52. Healing and Spot Healing Brush
  53. The Clone Stamp Tool
  54. The Patch Tool
  55. Content Aware Move Tool
  56. Content Aware Fill
  57. Custom Cleanup Selections
  58. Introduction to Shapes and Text
  59. Text Basics
  60. Shape Basics
  61. Adding Text to Pictures
  62. Custom Water Marks
  63. Introduction to Smart Objects
  64. Smart Object Basics
  65. Smart Objects and Filters
  66. Smart Objects and Image Transformation
  67. Smart Objects and Album Layouts
  68. Smart Objects and Composites
  69. Introduction to Image Transforming
  70. ACR and Lens Correction
  71. Photoshop and Lens Correction
  72. The Warp Tool
  73. Perspective Transformations
  74. Introduction to Actions in Photoshop
  75. Introduction to the Actions Panel Interface
  76. Making Your First Action
  77. Modifying Actions After You Record Them
  78. Adding Stops to Actions
  79. Conditional Actions
  80. Actions that Communicate
  81. Introduction to Filters
  82. ACR as a Filter
  83. Helpful Artistic Filters
  84. Helpful Practical Filters
  85. Sharpening with Filters
  86. Rendering Trees
  87. The Oil Paint and Add Noise Filters
  88. Introduction to Editing Video
  89. Timeline for Video
  90. Cropping Video
  91. Adjustment Layers and Video
  92. Building Lookup Tables
  93. Layers, Masking Video & Working with Type
  94. ACR to Edit Video
  95. Animated Gifs
  96. Introduction to Creative Effects
  97. Black, White, and Monochrome
  98. Matte and Cinematic Effects
  99. Gradient Maps and Solid Color Grades
  100. Gradients
  101. Glow and Haze
  102. Introduction to Natural Retouching
  103. Brightening Teeth
  104. Clean Up with the Clone Stamp Tool
  105. Cleaning and Brightening Eyes
  106. Advanced Clean Up Techniques
  107. Introduction to Portrait Workflow & Bridge Organization
  108. ACR for Portraits Pre-Edits
  109. Portrait Workflow Techniques
  110. Introduction to Landscape Workflow & Bridge Organization
  111. Landscape Workflow Techniques
  112. Introduction to Compositing & Bridge
  113. Composite Workflow Techniques
  114. Landscape Composite Projects
  115. Bonus: Rothko and Workspace
  116. Bonus: Adding Textures to Photos
  117. Bonus: The Mask (Extras)
  118. Bonus: The Color Range Mask in ACR


a Creativelive Student

Amazing course, but don't be fooled into thinking this is a beginner's course for photographers. The problem isn't Blake's explanations; they're top. The problem is the vast scope of this course and the order in which the topics are presented. Take layers for example. When I was first learning Photoshop (back when we learned from books), I found I learned little or nothing from, for example, books that covered layers before they covered how to improve/process photographs. These books taught me how to organize, move, and link layers before they showed me what a layer was actually for. Those books tended to teach me everything there is to know about layers (types of layers, how to organize them, how to move them, how to move them two at a time, how to move them two at a time even if there are other layers between the two you're interested in, useful troubleshooting tips, etc. ) all before I even know (from a photographer's point of view) what it is the things actually do. The examples of organizing, linking, and moving mean everything for graphic designers from Day One, but for photographers not so much. Blake does the same thing as those books. Topics he covers extremely early demand a lot of theoretical imagination for a photographer who doesn't already know quite a bit about what he is talking about. Learning about abstract things first and concrete things later only makes PS that much harder to understand. If you AREN'T a beginner, however, this course is amazing. I thought it would be like an Army Bootcamp, taking you from zero and building you into a fit, competent Photoshop grunt. Now I think it's more like Army Bootcamp for high school varsity jocks. It isn't going to take you from the beginning, but the amount you'll get out of it is nonetheless more than your brain can imagine. I've been using PS for years to improve my photographs, and even to create the odd artistic composite or two. The amount I've learned in the first week is amazing, and every day I learn something -- more like many things -- which I immediately implement to improve my productivity and/or widen the horizons of what I can achieve. If you ARE a photographer who's a Photoshop beginner, I'd take very seriously the advice Blake gives in the introduction: Watch one lesson, and practice the skills and principles you learn in that one lesson for two weeks. THEN watch the next lesson. You can't do that of course without buying the course, so it's up to you to decide whether you'd like to learn Photoshop and master Photoshop all from the same course. Learning it first and mastering it later will cost more money, but I think you'll understand everything better and have a much more enjoyable ride in the process. As for me? I'm going to have to find the money to buy this course. There is simply way too much content in each lesson for me to try to take on all at once, but on the other hand I don't want to miss anything at all that he has to share.

Robert Andrews

Blake Rudis is the absolute best in teaching photoshop. His knowledge and how he presents the instruction is clear and concise - there is NO ONE BETTER. Yes, his classes require some basic skills, and maybe I'd organize the order of (or group) the classes in a different order, but, let me be clear - if anyone is to be successful or famous in the Photoshop world, it should be Blake Rudis. I strongly recommend his teaching. I started photography and post processing in 2018, and because of this class, I'm know what Im doing. The energy you get when you create something beautiful is profound, it makes you bounce out of bed (at 4AM) like a 5 year old, to go create. It's a great ride! Thanks Blake, & Thanks Creative live.

Esther Gambrell

WOW!!! I've been purchasing CL classes for several years now and have watched HOURS of "How-To Photoshop" classes, but this is the first one I've actually purchased because of the AWESOME BONUS content!!! SERIOUSLY??!!?!? A PLUG-IN??? But not only that, Blake is SO easy to understand, and he breaks down concepts in different ways to connect with different people's learning styles. I REALLY appreciated this approach because I am a LEFT-BRAINED creative that has an engineering background, so I really connected to what Blake was saying. THANK YOU FOR THAT! There are TONS of Photoshop courses out there, but I found this one to be the most helpful in they way Blake teaches concepts so that you know WHY you're doing what your doing. I feel like he taught me how to fish with Photoshop to feed me for a lifetime instead of just giving me a fish to feed me for one day. This is the BEST overall PS course out there!!! Thank you!!!!