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Bonus: Adding Textures to Photos

 

Adobe® Photoshop® CC® Bootcamp

 

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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:

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