Powder Brush Photoshop | Photoshop Tutorial – Powder Explosion Effect

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Photoshop Tutorial - Powder Explosion Effect

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[MUSIC] Hello there you’re watching Danske the place to be to develop your creative skills in this tutorial we’re going to learn how to create an awesome powder Explosion effect in Adobe Photoshop. So on screen, you can see an example of the effect that we’re going to be creating and all of these colors are fully customizable and the text is editable as well, so we do have a lot of flexibility with what we can create here, so that’s the example, and if we switch over to a tutorial document, here’s the sizes that I’m using for this tutorial and the first thing we’re going to do is go to our powder image. Now you can get a powder image from a page stock site. Like I stopped like this. One or what you can do is go on. Google type in powder explosion and you get plenty of images to choose from and you can use images that have color already and just kind of work with that and change the colors or you can use something like this black and white, and we’re going to add our own color to this image. So the first thing we’re going to do is go to select all edit and copy and paste this into a main tutorial document and if we just zoom out and use free transform and hold shift to scale this down, we can position the powder explosion in the middle, and if we just add a new layer and use the eyedropper tool to sample the dark background here and one of photoshop’s default, feather brushes just to fill all of this in, so we’re just extending that background out to the edge. It’s nice and quickly there we go lovely, and we can hold shift to select both of these layers and go to layer merge layers and we’ll just double click on that. Give that a name powder. And in fact, we can double click the background and then hit delete or backspace to remove that. Now you can see, we have a bit of a mist here and we can just go back and brush that in not a problem. If you’ve it’s down here, there we go, so we have our powder taking up the entire canvas size with the background extended now before we go any further. We’re going to need to create our powder brush, so we have our powder image still here. We can deselect the selection and the first thing we’re going to do is try and separate the powder from the dark background and the easiest way we can do that is go to select and color range. And you’ll get this window pop up and you can adjust the fuzziness now. This essentially controls the tolerance of your selection, and if you go down a lot lower, you can see. We lose a lot of texture from this preview here, and it looks like a single color stamp, which isn’t really the effect we want. So if we bring this up nice and high, you can see we get a lot of these grays coming into that selection, a bit more detail, and that is the texture on the powder, and we want to keep that so it looks realistic, so with a nice, high fuzziness you can click. OK, it makes that selection, and if we right, click the background and select duplicate layer and then switch off that background. You can hit delete or backspace and it will remove that black selection and we can deselect that and if we just go and add a new layer in quickly, pick a bright color from the color picker and then use the paint bucket tool and just fill that layer in we can just see what it looks like. It’s quite hard and Photoshop to see all the details and how the cutout really looks on this checkerboard transparency effect. So I just like to add a solid color in so I can see what it looks like, and this looks absolutely fine for what we’re going to be using it for, which is a brush now. This will be quite faint at the moment if I were to use this, so I can just go to image adjustments and levels, and if you do increase the highlights, you’ll see you get more towards that single color stamp effect, so we’ll leave that nice and low and we’ll just bring in those shadows. This makes it a little bit darker, but you can see the texture a bit more, and this is going to give us a more solid brush to work from so well click. OK, and we can drag this layer to the bin. Now double, click our background to unlock it and drag that to the bin as well, so we have one layer left and we’re just going to call this powder brush, so we have the powder on a transparent background, and if we go to edit define brush preset, we can give this a name. You can see the brush size here and then click. OK, and it will add this to the bottom of your brush panel and it will now be selected by default and you can see what it looks like and click around and with the selected color, it will paste this brush all over the place, so we have our powder brush that we can now use. So if we switch back to our main document, what we’re going to do now is create three new layers from the bottom of the layer’s panel, One two three am. I going to double click and give these names. So these are the colors. I’m going to be using from the example we looked at at the beginning. However, you can use as few or as many colors as you like. You can have one color you could have six doesn’t matter. It’s entirely up to you. So we’ve created and named those three layers next. I’m going to select the blue one and from the color picker. I’m just going to go and pick a blue and I’m gonna go to the brush tool and again use one of those lovely feathered default brushes, something like this, and I can use the left and right square brackets on the keyboard to quickly increase and decrease the size of my brush And I’m just going to brush over this making. Sure I capture everything I want to. Even these little bits around the edge. Now, of course, this looks a bit rubbish. However, this is the really creative part. And I definitely encourage you to experiment here. It’s a lot of fun, so we can change the blending mode for our blue layer from normal to something else. So let’s try a soft light and you can see. It blends that color in really nicely. We could try something else, so screen doesn’t work as we’ll multiply, so you can see you get lots of different effects. Now, for this tutorial, we’re going to be using the blending mode color burn so very similar, Just a little bit a little bit more vivid, there and now. I found out that, okay. I’m going to be using color burn. I can select both the pink and the purple layers by holding shift and left clicking and I can change the blending mode before I start painting. They don’t have to have the same blending mode for all of them. You can go absolutely nuts and it’s a lot of fun doing that, but now we can go and pick our pink color and just brush this in and then use purple. We’ll pick a purple and add this to our purple layer and just brush all that in like this, and you can see the colors blend really nicely together, and we get lots of variation throughout the entire thing, so looking really cool. Now, for this tutorial, we have color blending onto a dark background and we’re going to add a new layer and create some text, so let’s select the type tool left. Click anywhere on the canvas and type of word now. I’m going to type the word Tut and just give this the color color black, so it matches the background and then go to edit free transform and hold shift and scale this up and just position this somewhere in the middle. Something like this, so it just comes out at the end. Now for this tutorial, your text is going to want to match the color of your background, and whilst you could go down this route and have dark text in a dark background, we’re actually going to flip this around, so if you select the powder layer, go to image adjustments and select invert, it will swap it around and we can then use the type tool just to select our text and from the color picker at the top, just change that to white and just reposition that and again use the free transform option and just hold shift and alt to scale from the center until you get something that you’re happy with Super. The only problem is when we color burned all three of our color layers. The center became quite dark, so we’re just going to lighten that up so something we can do is select all of these colors by holding shift and left clicking right, click any of them and select duplicate layers click. OK, and we’ll just switch that blending mode back to normal, and we get back to this. Go to layer select merge layers and we’re going to use another blending mode. So if we change this from normal to soft light, you can see it brings back a little bit more of that color. So this is how it looked a little bit dark and let me just brought some of that color back in, and I’m going to double Click the layer and just call this merged colors and we can switch text back on now fantastic, so we’re nearly there. The last thing we’ve got to do now is just mask out some of the areas of our text, so it looks like the powder is covering parts of it. So what we can do for this is just select the Tut layer, the text layer and add a new layer mask from the bottom of the layer’s panel and make sure that your foreground color is set to black all the way in the bottom left corner and select the brush tool. And now we get to use our beautiful brush that we created and the beginning, So we have our powder brush. You can see it’s very high-rez so it’s probably a bit too big at the moment and we can just bring that down using the slider at the top. Now remember, you can use the left and right square brackets on your keyboard decrease and increase the size of the brush, and this is a very useful shortcut to know because we want to create variation and randomness with this powder effect. So we’re not just going to like, do this and just to note that you need to have the mask selected to do this, not the text layer here, so we’re just going to increase the size of this and just left-click, and then maybe decrease the size of it and just there, so we’re just using different corners of the brush. Now you can see that by clicking with this and having black as the foreground color, it removes text from the image if we press X on the keyboard, it will swap foreground and background color and it will do the opposite. So as you’re going through this, you can remove with Black Press X to swap those colors around and then paint back in. So where is something like an eraser is very destructive, and you’d have to go undo undo undo. This makes it a lot easier to just quickly make a mistake and then correct it, and this part, it’s all about experimenting and just seeing what you can create there we go. It just looks like bits of the powder. It’s coming in front. And as I say, it really is a case of experimenting with different brush sizes and just seeing what you can come up with, and if you spend a little bit longer on it and give it a bit more love, you can ultimately end up with something that looks like this, and there we go. That’s how to create an awesome powder explosion effect in Adobe Photoshop as always. Guys, please feel free to leave any questions or comments down below like this video. If you enjoyed it, take care and I’ll see you next time [Music]!