Adobe® Photoshop® CC® Bootcamp

Lesson 116/118 - Bonus: Adding Textures to Photos

 

Adobe® Photoshop® CC® Bootcamp

 

Lesson Info

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:

Week 1
• Class Introduction & Bridge, Adobe Camera Raw, Setup Interface, Cropping and Layers
Week 2
• Layer Tools, Masks, Selections, Clean-Up Tools and Shapes & Text
Week 3
• Smart Objects , Transforming, Actions, Filters and Editing Video
Week 4
• 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.

Software Used: Adobe® Photoshop® CC® 2018

Lessons

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

Reviews

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.

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!!!!

Sonya Messier
 

I'm been using Bridge, Adobe Raw and Photoshop for 12 years. I thought I knew those programs until I started to follow Blake and do this Photoshop CC Bootcamp. This course is AMAZING. I love the way Blake teach, brakes down concepts and tools... excellent teaching qualities! I'm half way in this course and I change all my workflow already. Much better results and better use of what Adobe offer me. This course is an investment! When I will be done, I will listen it again. Great job and congratulations on your success Blake!