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    Default Adobe Photoshop Complete Course | Lecture 37

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    Exercise: A Flower Power Pongo

    Earlier, in one of the booklet’s exercises, you made the image file pongo.psd. That is a picture of a small dog, and you need to use that now. Pongo has to be placed on a colored background, which is made in two layers using a layer mask. The two layers will be painted with artistic brushes, and the whole thing is blended to the almost psychedelic.
    1. Open the image file pongo.psd. Insert two new layers.
    2. Rename the three layers to pongo, blue and violet, and arrange them, as shown in the following figure. The pongo layer is on top and not visible (the eye has been clicked away). You start by working on the bottom layer, violet:

    3. Save the image file again.
    4. Now you are going to paint with a violet color on the bottom layer. First select a violet foreground color.
    5. Then select the brush took (b). Now you need to use a very special brush. Start by clicking on the small arrow to the right of the brush icon in the settings line:

    6. That opens a new dialog box. Click there on the small circle button to the far right:

    7. That opens a menu with lots of options. Choose ”Small List” like here:

    8. Then it is easier to navigate between all the many available brushes.
    Use your own custom brushes

    There are many brushes in Photoshop. But you can actually customize each of them almost without limits.
    1. Choose the brush next to the bottom in the list (Airbrush 75 Tilt Size and Angle):

    2. This brush has to be fitted, so it will behave a little different. There are so many options, and you can experiment for yourself. Start by selecting menu items Window --> Brushes. That opens the dialog box where you can adjust (and almost program) the individual brush.
    3. There are a great number of effects that can be turned on and off, and effect parameters that can be changed. Make a selection by the Color Dynamics effect. Select also the beam by Color Dynamics, so it turns blue as shown below.
    4. In the right side of the dialog box you see the parameters for Color Dynamics. Set the Hue Jitter effect to 20%.

    5. This means that the color tone changes while you work with this brush.
    6. You are working on the violet layer, and have a violet foreground color. Paint with the brush now. Cover the picture area with vertical strokes. The color tone changes as you paint:

    7. You need to cover the whole layer, but it does not necessarily have to be perfect.
    8. Select the layer blue (and make it visible). Choose a light blue color. Remove the brush effect Color Dynamics. Cover the layer blue with horizontal strokes.
    9. Now the blue layer has to be equipped with a layer mask. Youo do that in this way: Click on this small button (Add layer mask, number two from the left) in the bottom of the layer palette:

    10. Then an empty layer mask appears in the layer beam:

    11. This layer mask shall be used to blend the two layers ”blue” and ”violet”. The mask now has to be selected. Select the default colors (d), then reverse them (x), so black is the foreground color. Remember that the colors are reeversed when you work in a layer mask.
    12. Select the Gradient Editor tool in this variation (using the settings line):

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