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    Another great tutorial from Jim Caffrey. This one shows how to "paint" using any filter at all, with more control than using the art-history brush.
    Last edited by Doug Nelson; 07-24-2003, 01:03 PM.
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  • #2
    Lisa's gonna eat this up. Looks good, though I probably won't use it.
    I would like to know how to make the tut page the way you did. Is it a web page, a PS image?


    • #3
      Looks like you're becoming a pro at these tutorials. Excellent job and I loved the results. Can't wait to try it out myself.


      • #4
        Very cool. Thanks for the tutorial Jim! I've added it to my list of things to try "when I find some time". Argh - the list grows longer but time grows shorter. What the deal with that?!?



        • #5
          Originally posted by fugitive
          I would like to know how to make the tut page the way you did. Is it a web page, a PS image?

          It's a web page. I supply text and image files and Doug works his magic on the layout.



          • #6

            Questions on step 6: (I'm sort of 'thinking out loud' as I write this...)

            When "tracing" on the layer mask of the paper layer, whose opacity has been lowered...
            a) You're using black (at ~50% opacity) to suppresses the paper layer, allowing major edges of layer below to show through, right?
            b) The purpose of this step is to provide "boundaries" to further paint within in the next step, right?

            (As I ask these questions, I think I'm starting to get this...)

            The net effect of this tutorial is a subtle (and localized) blend of texture from the paper layer with the arty-strokes of the filter layer below vs. applying a one-size/fits all texture via a 50% gray layer above set to overlay.

            Ding! (That was the sound of the lightbulb coming on.) This is absolutely BRILLIANT!

            Talk about a huge conceptual breakthrough. This is on the order of "layer masks" finally sinking in (a real biggie for me).

            Thank you, thank you, and thank you!

            If I don't get anything else done this afternoon, I'm telling my wife it's, "Your fault!" I've already got a couple candidate images in mind.

            Another A+ effort.



            • #7
              That's a great one Jim. I just downloaded it to my "tutorials" file. Thanks much.



              • #8
                Hi Jim,

                I just tried out your tutorial. What a neat effect and so simple!



                • #9
                  Oh, ok, then I have an idea. I'll make up some images and text and send it one to Doug and we'll call it Gregs web page, sounds good to me.


                  • #10
                    Example using the "Adding a Brush Pattern" tutorial by Jim Caffrey

                    The attachment is based on Jim's tutorial.

                    I'm not nearly as patient as Jim is when it comes to dabbing individual strokes on the layer mask as described in Step 7. A not-so-close inspection will reveal I used relatively wide brushes of various types, sizes and opacities. It's probably that "Type-A personality" side of me that wants to get most things done quickly.

                    I really liked how this method made the brush strokes (even crude ones like mine) look more realistic than I've been able to achieve previously.

                    The next post contains a screenshot of the Layers palette for those interested in more detail.

                    Thanks again, Jim, for developing this tutorial. You've inspired me once again.

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                    • #11
                      Attached is a screenshot of the Layers palette, as a way of illustrating how I created the image in the previous post.

                      Layers are lettered for ID purposes.

                      When you see a layer labeled something like,

                      G=H+I, it means layers H and I were merged to yield G.

                      R=Q+Gblur(2) means a Gaussian blur filter, radius 2, was applied to a copy of layer Q.

                      Layer F was generated by running the action posted here against the image at that point. The "C" layer generated by that action was copied into this image as a new layer.

                      This is kind of a convoluted way to illustrate how I got from here to there, but is sure saves a lot of writing!

                      Don't hesitate to post questions or comments.

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                      • #12
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                        • #13
                          Adding a Brush Pattern

                          This tutorial demonstrates how to add your favorite Photoshop brush pattern to your favorite artistic filter or filters with more control over the final outcome than is afforded by the Art History Brush. I am using PS 7 but it is applicable to earlier versions as well. [details]
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