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Texturizing using the Eraser Tool in PSP5

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This tutorial created by Quiltress

One example of finished texturized image using Eraser Tool


Using the Eraser tool in PSP5 to add texture to an image.
 



Image obtained from 4000 Photos-Swift Jewel CD by Cosmi. Download Zip File
 
 

Copy of Original Image
After you have unzipped, open textise01.gif
 
Colors, Layers & Activate Background Layer Colors || Increase Color Depth || 16 Million Colors

Go to Layers || Duplicate (This will give you a Copy of Background in your layers palette)

In your layers palette, make the Background layer active

 
Magic Wand Settings
Select the magic wandMagic Wand Tool
  • Settings:
  • Match Mode = RGB Value
  • Tolerance = 5
  • Feather = 0
  • ample Merged = Unchecked
 
Image zoomed to show selection Select the pale turquoise blue at the top of the image.
You will need to zoom in close to select all the turquoise.
Remember to hold Shift key while selecting all other areas. Be sure to get ALL the areas.
 
Brightness/Contrast Settings
The object is to darken or lighten the area a bit (whichever you choose)
  • For this session, these are the settings I used:
  • Colors || Adjust || Brightness/Contrast
  • Brightness = -42
  • Contrast = 0
  • lick OK
 
Texture Setting

Eraser Brush Size Settings

In your layers palette, activate Copy of Background

Select your eraser tool Eraser Tool
These settings may be changed to suit your personal preferrence

  • Settings I used:
  • Paper Texture = Lava
  • Shape = Square
  • Size = 50
  • Opacity, Density, Hardness = 65
  • Step = 40
 
After Eraser Tool Dragged over area
Drag your eraser tool over the selected area.
You can make it as heavy or light as you like.
DESELECT
 
Turquoise selected In your layers palette, make the Background layer active
Using the same Magic Wand settings as before:
Select the pale blue under the turquoise at the top of the image.

Just a reminder:
You will need to zoom in close to select all the blue. Remember to hold Shift key while selecting all other areas. Be sure to get ALL the areas.

 
Brightness/Contrast Settings
The object is to darken or lighten the area a bit (whichever you choose)
  • Settings I used:
  • Colors || Adjust || Brightness/Contrast
  • Brightness = -26
  • Contrast = 24
  • lick OK
 
Texture Setting

Eraser Tool Brush Settings

In your layers palette, activate Copy of Background.
Select your eraser tool Eraser Tool
These settings may be changed to suit your personal preferrence.
  • Settings I used:
  • Paper Texture = Clouds
  • Shape = Square
  • Size = 30
  • Opacity, Density, Hardness = 65
  • Step = 40
Drag your eraser tool over the selected area. You can make it as heavy or light as you like.
DESELECT
 
Undo Icon
We are going to repeat these steps until the complete image has been texurized.

Remember if you accidently select a section you don't want, use the Undo function. Also, if you missed a little section above where you are you can select that and include it with the section underneath it.

 
Layers Palette You can if you like instead:

Select the complete image
Go to Colors || Adjust || Brightness and Contrast and then select each separate section you wish to change the texture of.

I like doing it individually as you have more control of the darkness and brightness of each section.

Be sure your Background layer is the active layer when you adjust the brightness and contrast, and be sure your Copy of Background is the active layer when you use the eraser tool.

If not, you will find yourself doing extra work. ;o)

 
Another copy of image using different settings
In case you would like your finished image to look like the one at the top of this page, and also to show you that more than just Brightness/Contrast can be changed I have added the settings I've used for each section.

Shown is another copy of the image using different settings.

BUT, the settings below are for the image at the top of this tutorial. ;o)

 
Hue/Saturation Settings

I selected the yellow using the magic wand
Instead of changing Brightness/Contrast
  • Colors || Adjust || Hue/Saturation/Lightness
  • Hue = 100
  • Saturation = 100
  • Lightness = -47
  • Paper Texture = Lunar
I selected the next blue
  • Clicked on Colors || Solarize
  • set Threshold to 64
  • used Mist Paper Texture
  •  
    Hue/Saturation Settings
    I selected the uppermost lavendar layer
    • Clicked on Colors || Colorize
    • Set Hue to 10
    • Saturation to 255
    • I changed to a larger brush -- Size 90
    • Changed the Opacity and Density to 100
    • Used Fog Texture
    I went over it several times with the Eraser Brush and again made the Background layer active

    The next settings are not pictured, BUT are done on this same layer

  • Selected Colors || Adjust || Brightness/Contrast
  • Set Brightness at -15
  • Contrast to 6
  • No need to use Eraser Brush as it changes on its own.
     
    Highlight/Midtone/Shadow Settings I selected the next lower lavendar layer
    • Colors || Adjust || Highlight/Midtone/Shadow
    • Highlight = 100
    • Midtone = 100
    • Shadow = 85
    • Texture = Marble
     
    Brightness/Contrast Settings

    Highlight/Midtone/Shadow Settings

    By now I'm sure you know the settings are found under Colors, so I'm not going to list that

    Next lavendar

    • Brightness = -28
    • Contrast = 29
    • Texture = Fruit Peel
    Next lavendar
  • Highlight = 90
  • Midtone = 100
  • Shadow = 75
  • exture = Fine Canvas
  •  
    Brightness/Contrast Settings

    Brightness/Contrast Settings

    Next lavendar
    • Brightness = -35
    • Contrast = 29
    • Changed Opacity to 60 Density to 40
    • Texture = Asphalt
    Lowest 2 lavendars
  • I increased Tolerance to 20
  • Brightness = -40
  • Contrast = 30
  • Texture = Asphalt
  •  
    Light Blues Hue/Saturation/Lightness Settings

    Turquoise Brightness/Contast Settings

    Remaining light blues
    • I changed Tolerance several times
    • Hue = 100
    • Saturation = 100
    • Lightness = -29
    • Changed Brush Size to 130
    • Opacity = 60
    • Density = 40
    • Used Medium Brick Texture lightly
    Lower Turquoise
  • Tolerance level to 10
  • Brightness & Contrast = -15
  • Weave Texture
  •  
    Darker Green Tree Hue/Saturation settings Remaining white
    • Hue = 55
    • Saturation = 255
    • Opacity & Density = 100
    • Texture = Sidewalk
    Green Tree on left
  • Brightness = 10
  • Contrast = 30
  • Texture = Parchment
  • Darker Green Tree (Settings are the ones pictured)
  • Hue = 90
  • Saturation = 175
  • Texture = Fine Canvas
  •  
    The trees Brightness/Contrast Settings
    The Rocks
    • Hue = 10
    • Saturation = 130
    • Texture = Sidewalk
    The trees (Settings are the ones pictured)
    • Brightness = -6
    • Contrast = 56
    • Texture = Woodgrain


    That's it folks! Hope you enjoyed it and find it useful for texturizing your images, thereby giving them a new look. ;o)

     


     

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