Blending Brushes in Photoshop

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Alright. Welcome back! We are ready to dig deeper into this image. I’m gonna press “Tab” and then “F7” to bring back the Layers palette.

And let’s dig into this file…and start off by looking at the layers. Now for starters, you’re noticing that I didn’t name my layers and I know, I know, you name all of your layers and you’re always organized. Well, the reality of it is… yeah, you and I know that there are times when you just creating something just for the fun of it. And we don’t name things. And it helps the creative process sometimes to be a little bit messy. I remember my mum, who is an artist, used to always say when I was a kid that the best artist gets dirty. So anyway, here we have our layers and I’m gonna go ahead and Option/Alt click the background layer. It’s this concrete wall of this warehouse and I tend to like old concrete and distressed things for some reason. Especially when I’m trying to create something like this. I added some color. I just color balance reds and yellows. I brought in a little pirate guy there. The trick with stuff like is just doing blend modes, right? Making sure you’re taking it to an interesting blend mode. So it’s on Soft Light. That looks pretty good. Next I have a brush. Well, how do you come up with cool brushes like that? I’ll show you in a second. Then I have a copy… and I brought in just some different fonts and then another brush down there. And then another one up here. Again it’s all about the blend mode in this case. If we take this to Normal. So let’s go ahead and do that. We can see that it’s black and that’s not very interesting. How can I scroll through my blend modes? Well, press the V-key which is the move tool. And then hold down the Shift-key and press plus or minus and you can see I’m scrolling through my blend modes. I’ll do that until I get one that looks pretty good. I think overlay looks nice. If I want to lower the opacity, I simply press 7 on my keyboard. Notice it went down to the opacity of 70% or 60%? If I press the number twice, like 66% or 45% I can do that as well. Single number will take you to…to 50, 60, 70 etc. percent. Alright, well, that looks pretty cool, except the colors are a little bit muted. So I’ll do a good old-fashioned S-curve just to boost contrast and color. I like that except I lost some detail. I want to bring back, so in this case… What I’m doing here is just doing some… some burning and dodging. The way that I’m doing that is I’m creating a layer and let’s just take this to a blend mode of Normal, so we can see what we have there. It’s white. And then I am masking certain parts of it off. So I’ll only have white in a few little areas. And I’m taking my blend mode to Soft Light. I do almost all of my burning and dodging, in this case, dodging on that blend mode layer of Soft Light, because it gives me a lot of flexibility. And the mask allows me to dial-in nice details here. And then, of course, I can do some stuff with my opacity to get into just the right spot. Finally, what I did is I just shifted the color a little bit with Hue/Saturation. So just try to pull out some of those red. I didn’t want to go too far right. Just so I had a little bit more detail there. Alright, now that wraps…alright, well, that takes us through this image or that wraps up our conversation about this image. Let’s jump back, though, for a second to brushes. Where the heck did I come up with cool brushes like that? Well, in this case, what I did was I went to this one site… called…excuse me…called There are a number of really cool free Photoshop brushes and also some instructions on how to install those brushes. Let’s jump back to Photoshop for a second. Now, in Photoshop I’m gonna grab my Brush tool and then right click. And I can right click and access the different brushes that I have. I can also load new brushes. Let’s say I want to add some to this one. I can append or just solely show those groups of brushes or that set of brushes, I should say. Here we have some pretty interesting brushes. I’ll select one. Change my size. Just click off of that. Right bracket key will also increase the brush size. Now I need to create a new layer to add this detail to the image. I’m gonna do that one of two ways: “Shift - Option - Command-N” will give me a new layer. It won’t give me the abilities to name that layer. So if I need to be organized, I’m gonna press Shift - Command-N” and then I’ll call this one “Brush”… What’s… What should we call that? Brush twist. I guess. It’s a little twisty thing. And then I can hit that. And in this case green does not look very good, so…perhaps I’ll hit it.. Let’s hit “Tab” here to go back to my color picker. And black… I’ll change my brush opacity mode to 100%, so I’ll have a nice black brush stroke there. I can move this guy around and reposition it based on kind of what I want to do with this one. I obviously want to try some blend modes on, so I’m gonna try Soft Light and I can invert that if I’m interested in… having it be a little bit brighter. That will make it white on that blend mode. Lower the opacity by pressing the number key. In this case the 4-key. And we’re getting a cool little graphic there, kind of floating on the background. It doesn’t necessarily work with this image, so let’s see if we can find another one. Okay, I’m gonna grab my Brush tool and see if there’s another brush in here that might be fun. I’ll give this one a try. Click off of that and create a new layer. “Shift-Option-Command-N”. Not even able to name the layer in this case. And again I’m going bring that little brush in the Photoshop. “Command- i” to invert it. And then trying some blend modes for size. And with a lot of these…things, where the graphic like this, Overlay and Soft Light are gonna be some really good blend modes. Hard light will be pretty nice as well. And again you want to hit Command- i to invert to see what it looks like if it goes a little bit darker or if it goes a little bit brighter. And then of course experiment a little bit with moving around. And you can free transform this by pressing the command key and re-positioning that little graphic. Alright, well, that wraps up our work on this image. I hope you picked up a bit of inspiration here. And also some tips on how to work in Photoshop, how to create some new layers via shortcuts. How to access some creative stuff using custom brushes and also how to begin to work with the interface etc. etc. Alright, well, I have more content to dig into and we’ll do that in the next movie, on our next image. See you then.