STEP BY STEP THE INK BRUSH LOOK

com­bine tex­tures into a Layer Group for creative ef­fect

Photo Plus - - Canon Skills -

01 OPEN FILES

Open the Loadus files (see op­po­site) and our files. On Ele­ments_s­tarter.jpg press Cmd/ctrl+j to du­pli­cate it, re­nam­ing it ‘Face’. Press Cmd/ctrl+shift+n and name it ‘White BG’. Fill it white with the Paint Bucket tool and hide your ‘Back­ground’ layer.

03 GROUP AND LAYER MASK

Se­lect All (Cmd/ctrl+a), then copy ev­ery­thing se­lected (Cmd/ctrl+c). Click the ‘Cre­ate new group’ icon in the lay­ers panel, then click the ‘New layer mask’ icon. Hold Alt/op­tion and click the mask, ac­ti­vat­ing Pass Through. Press Cmd/ctrl+v.

05 ADD TEX­TURES TO GROUP

From Photo Bin/tabs se­lect ink_s­mudge_01, click Cmd/ctrl+a then Cmd/ctrl+c. Se­lect Ele­ments_ starter.jpg, press Cmd/ctrl+v. Drag it into Group 1 (if it isn’t al­ready). Change blend to Mul­ti­ply and use Move Tool to re­size/re­po­si­tion.

02 ADD FIL­TER

Drag the ‘Face’ layer to the top. Now open Fil­ter>fil­ter Gallery and cre­ate a brush or can­vas ef­fect us­ing Dry Brush or Rough Pas­tels. We used the for­mer, with val­ues of 10, 0 and 3 in the slid­ers. Click ‘OK’ to ap­ply and get an ini­tial rough ef­fect.

04 AD­JUST AND IN­VERT

Your im­age will ap­pear black and white. Click En­hance>ad­just Light­ing>lev­els, change the val­ues to 50 on the far left and 170 on the far right. Go to Fil­ter>ad­just­ments>in­vert, then hide ‘Face’. Ev­ery­thing should then go white.

06 KEEP ADDING TO TASTE

Re­peat step 05 as many times as nec­es­sary, or to per­sonal taste, re­siz­ing and repo­si­tion­ing mul­ti­ple tex­tures to re­veal dif­fer­ent parts of the im­age. You might use any­thing from five to fif­teen lay­ers in to­tal, so ex­per­i­ment and see what works!

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