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13. Drag a line from the center of the picture toward the side. That makes a Ã¢â‚¬ÂholeÃ¢â‚¬Â in the middle of the blue layer. By us the layer mask gets to look like this:
14. Now we have to work some more on the mask. Choose menu items Filter --> Pixelate --> Crystallize Ã¢â‚¬Â¦, and try Cell size 100. Click on OK; then you get a crystal effect in the mask, which is seen in the blue color.
15. Then select Filter --> Noise --> Add NoiseÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ and choose 15% Gaussian like here:
16. Then click OK, and select the Gradient tool in the Transparent Stripes version:
17. It is important that the layer mask is selected Ã¢â‚¬â€œ click once on its thumbnail. Drag a short little line in the picture. That results in new holes in the mask. Try to make a few more here and there in different sizes. Try also the Diamond Gradient variant:
18. That gives some funny patterns in the mask:
19. Now make the pongo layer visible. The dog stands on the somewhat crazy background.
20. Select the violet layer. Insert a new layer (try to use the shortcut Control+Shift-+n), and name it yellow. Choose a brush and a pure yellow color. Paint in the new layer. The effect is seen through the mask.
21. Now play around with the picture. There are really countless possibilities. Each time we do the execise we get a new result. You can see a few examples on the home page for this booklet.
22. Save the best picture.
Figure 50. The dog Pongo i flower-power surroundings.
The whole brush system is new in Photoshop version 7.0. The idea is that you can choose brushes from different brush collections, and you can create new brushes by changing a brushÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s parameters.
Preset Manager is a central dialog box, where you can manipulate the different collections of not only brushes. But also swatches, gradients, styles, patterns, contours, custom shapes and preset tools. All these tools (many of which are not mentioned in this booklet) have in common that they are found in libraries, and Preset Manager is thus a general user interface to handle them. Select menu items Edit --> Preset Manager to see them.
Figure 51. Preset Manager controls the collections within eight different types in Photoshop.
The idea in Preset Manager is that you can arrange and select those brushes or color transitions, which are goig to be shown by default in the settings line. There are many other libraries with both brushes, color transitions etc. That are not shown (unless you ask for them). Try to click on the small arrow here:
<table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <tbody><tr> <td valign="top" width="336"> Then the menu Ã¢â‚¬ÂPreset Type pop-upÃ¢â‚¬Â opens, which now deals with the brushes. There you can choose the brush collections Assorted Brushes, Calligraphic Brushes etc.:
If you want the original collecction read in, you need to select the menu item Reset Brushes.
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If you are a large-scale consumer of items like brushes and color transitions, Preset Manager gives a smart access to the various collections. Each individual collection has a small file, which is stored in PhotoshopÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s program folder \Presets on your hard disk.
Figure 52. Brush collections etc. are saved in small files in the Presets folder.
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