STEP BY STEP THE INK BRUSH LOOK
combine textures into a Layer Group for creative effect
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!