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Lesson 4. Painting and Editing > Creating a textured effect with a natural brus...

Creating a textured effect with a natural brush

Now you'll create a textured effect around the lilies, using a natural brush and applying different blending modes for the brush strokes.

Adobe Photoshop comes with bonus items, such as custom shapes and brushes, that you can add to your tool palettes. In this section of the lesson, you'll add natural brushes to the airbrush pop-up palette. Natural brushes simulate natural painting tools such as chalk, pencils, pens, and watercolors.

In the Layers palette, select the Natural Brush layer.

In the tool options bar for the airbrush tool, click the Brush arrow to display the Brush pop-up palette and then choose Natural Brushes 2.abr from the palette menu.

Palette menu in the Brush pop-up palette

In the dialog box, click Append to add the natural brushes to the Brush palette.

In the Brush palette, select the 118 Pastel Light 120 Pixels brush.

In the tool options bar, choose Screen from the Mode menu and enter 50% in the Pressure text box.

In the toolbox, double-click the Set Foreground Color box ( ) to display the Color Picker dialog box.

In the Color Picker dialog box, deselect Only Web Colors, and select a dark blue color or enter 65 in the R text box, 73 in the G text box, and 157 in the B text box.

Using the natural brush, click around the outer perimeter and in the center of the flowers to add blocks of color.

Don't worry about adding too much blue with the natural brush. You'll be applying a blending mode to the layer, which will cause most of the blue (the blend color) paint strokes to disappear and reveal the base color of the image.

Overlaid colors using the natural brush>

In the tool options bar, choose Color Dodge from the Mode menu.

The Color Dodge blending mode looks at the color information in each channel and brightens the base color to reflect the blend color. Blending with black produces no change in the Color Dodge mode.

Click in the image to add more blocks of brighter color to the center of the flowers.

Choose Filter > Noise > Add Noise.

In the Add Noise dialog box, enter 10 in the Amount text box, select Gaussian for the Distribution, select Monochromatic, and click OK.

The Noise filters add or remove either pixels or noise (distortions, technically referred to as stochastic variations) with randomly distributed color levels. This helps to blend a selection into the surrounding pixels. Noise filters can create unusual textures or remove problem areas, such as dust and scratches from an image.

In the Layers palette, choose Difference from the Blend Mode menu, and enter 80% in the Opacity text box for the Natural Brush layer.

The amount of blue (the blend color) remaining in the image depends on how much you applied with the natural brush in step 8.

The Difference blending mode looks at the color information in each channel and subtracts either the blend color from the base color or the base color from the blend color, depending on which has the greater brightness value. Blending with white inverts the base color values; blending with black produces no change.

Choose File > Save.

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