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Adding Texture Tutorial


It may be uncanny to see me make Photoshop tutorials but you’ll get used to it. As a student requested, I will show you how to add textures to some parts of your photograph (i.e. dirt onto a ball).

What You’ll Be Making:

Tools:

  • Photoshop
  • Quick Selection Tool
  • Pictures/Stocks
  • Layermasks
  • Brush

Steps:

1. A. Make a new document.

B. Bring in your texture first onto one layer.

C. Bring in the picture you want to add the texture too.

2. If you haven’t done so already, move your texture layer below the layer of the picture you’re working on.

3. Press W to bring up the Quick Selection Tool. Your cursor should change to that of a circle with a plus sign in the middle. Use this tool select the area of which you want to place a texture on. You will a moving dashed line as the outline of your selection.

4. A. When your selection is perfected, move up the texture layer above your working photograph layer. You will still see the dashed outline on top of all the layers.

B. With the selection visible and the texture layer highlighted, click the Add Layer Mask button (the one that looks like a gray box with a white circle inside of it).

C. After doing so, your texture will be masked inside your selection. You can stop from here but you wouldn’t really want to without refining it a bit.

D. You could alter the fill’s opacity. You could even paint the mask with white (using just the brush) to soften  the edges.

5. Continue to play around and experiment to refine your masked texture.

Adding texture is key to enhancing images.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and learned something new.


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“3-D Text” Part 2


Welcome back to the second part of  the 3-D text tutorial. In this part, we will add a faded shadow to our 3-D text.

What You’ll Be Making:


Tools:

  • Illustrator CS4/5
  • Blend-Tool
  • Gradients/Fills
  • Slight experience w/ Illustrator

Steps:

1. A. Start out by locking our original text and not the blend.  B. Now you’ll be able to select the blended text.


2. A. Copy-drag a clone of the blend to anywhere else on the screen. B. Make sure that the blend is selected and go to Object>Blend>Release. C. You should see the blend being separated into different objects as you see below. D. Delete the larger text since it wouldn’t make sense for a casted shadow.

3. A. Copy-drag (holding option/alt) a clone of the new unblended text in any downward direction. B. Use the blend-tool again to make a blend with these two texts. C. Double-click the blend-tool from the tool bar to bring up the settings for the blend-tool. Give it a specified-steps spacing with 50 steps to make a smooth blend (go higher for more smoothness) so the computer doesn’t do too much work in making blends.


4. Give the most bottom text an opacity of 0% by first selecting it with the white arrow tool then adjusting it’s opacity. This will give faded shadow look. B. If the blend looks off, select one of the text and right-click and choose Arrange>Send to Back/Bring to Front. C. You should see something change. D. It is best to lock our original object before proceeding any further.

5. A. Move the shadow blend back onto our original object. B. If it’s not already behind the original text/object, then right-click and choose Arrange>Send to Back. C. You should see the “shadow” move to the very back.


6 A. Improve this blend by lower its opacity to around 50%.  B. Use the white arrow tool to move the text with 0% opacity closer to the solid-filled text. You will have achieved a 3-D effect as you see below.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and learned a new skill.

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