PPC Quickie - Textures in Elements

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Posted 3/16/2010 by flute4peace in General Photography
 

flute4peace

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Posted: 3/16/2010 12:25:33 PM
Hey yall! I'm proofing a senior session and was going to use a texture, so I snipped some screen shots as I was doing it. I didn't put any arrows on them so if you don't understand something feel free to ask. I'll try to check back a little more frequently here in the next couple of days to answer any questions. And, I'll try to do a couple more of these as time allows.

First, go ahead and fully PP your image. This is Nick, my senior from last week. Say "Hi, Nick".



Next, open the texture you want to use. I have all of mine in a folder on my photo hard drive, so they're easily accessible:



Next, drag the texture from the bin onto your image:



Use the free transform tool (V) to make it the same size as your image:



Change the layer style from "normal" to "overlay" on the texture layer.



Add a layer mask to the texture layer. You can find the one I use here (I think, lol).



Use the brush tool to mask the texture off of the skin:



Double-and-triple check to make sure you have ALL of the masking done correctly - trust me on this one - flatten and save. If you're unsure, save it as a layered file so you can go back and change it.



I ended up using two textures on this one - just repeated the steps for the second texture.



Nikki

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Posted: 3/16/2010 12:39:49 PM
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.
I have saved some great textures, but was never sure what to do with them. And even if I did get them on the pic, had no idea how to erase off the parts I didn't want them on.
My learning curve is more like one of those deep bends in the road, with the warning, "Slow to 10 MPH"
Thanks again!!


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Posted: 3/16/2010 1:29:58 PM
Thanks for the visuals! Can't wait to try this. Do you have any tips for where to find some textures? websites, blogs etc..

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Posted: 3/16/2010 1:51:45 PM
Here's a start for you!!
Textureking.com.
There was also another site I went to, but can't find it now, lol.
But if you Google textures, I'm sure there will be plenty of sites to keep you busy


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Posted: 3/16/2010 2:12:35 PM
Thanks Nikki!!


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Posted: 3/16/2010 2:35:07 PM
Just to put in my 2 cents, for people who may not have that much experience with textures, you don't have to change your blend mode to Overlay.

I have applied textures and kept them in Normal mode. I have also used Soft Light, Hard Light and Luminosity blend modes. Sometimes I applyh more than one texture and have each one set to a different blend mode. You just have to experiment to get the look you want. There are many possibilities.

Here is another great site with loads of free textures: Shadowhouse

HTH!


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Posted: 3/16/2010 2:54:06 PM

I have applied textures and kept them in Normal mode. I have also used Soft Light, Hard Light and Luminosity blend modes. Sometimes I applyh more than one texture and have each one set to a different blend mode. You just have to experiment to get the look you want. There are many possibilities.

Oh yes, very true! I usually start with overlay, but I have used some of the others, as well


Nikki

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Posted: 3/16/2010 8:55:21 PM
This is terrific info, Nikki! Thank you!!! I've added this to the master list of classes as a "mini lesson".


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Posted: 3/16/2010 8:56:11 PM
Cool! I also linked it in my siggy.


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Posted: 3/16/2010 9:04:03 PM
Great tutorial! I never think to change the blend mode. I usually just lower the opacity. I'll have to play around with that. Thanks so much!


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Posted: 3/19/2010 11:42:34 AM
Great information, Nikki! I don't use PSE, but what you've put here can be applied in other programs, also! Thank you for sharing the voo doo that you do so well!


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Posted: 3/19/2010 2:19:10 PM
Thank you for all the info and links. I have PSE7 for mac and it's very overwhelming. I keep just editing in iphoto because I get so frustrated.

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Posted: 3/20/2010 10:52:08 PM
Thank you...was just trying to edit a pic of my son and wondered how do add texture. Thank you




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Posted: 3/30/2010 9:56:52 PM
I finally had time tonite to go back through some of the lessons and really read them. I use lots of textures, but didn't have a layer mask action for PSE. Thanks for that link!


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Posted: 12/26/2010 7:31:36 AM
Great visuals, thanks!!!


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Posted: 12/26/2010 7:41:22 AM
I love the look of textures but have never had even an inkling as to how to use them in my PSE7. It's definitely not the kind of thing I could ever figure out on my own.

I will definitely be looking forward to giving this a try in the next week or so! Although I have no idea what masking is and have never done it, though I've heard the term.

Thanks so much for sharing this, and for the other info. added by others in the thread!


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Posted: 12/26/2010 12:38:55 PM
Nikki,
When I open a texture, the texture turns into the background
layer and the photo ends up in the bin.
I tried moving the texture to the bin, then used the transform
tool to drag it into the workspace, but it keeps turning into
the background layer.
Any idea what I'm doing wrong?
I use pse 8.
BTW, thanks for the tutorial.

EDITED: I didn't have my bin open, it's working now.

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Posted: 12/26/2010 3:09:53 PM
Thank-you! You are so generous with your knowledge - and have helped so many of us......!!

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Posted: 12/26/2010 5:52:39 PM
Thanks so much!!!
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