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3 D Alpha and Elements for Photoshop Part 2

Hello AnikA here with Part 2 of the tutorial ,

Now we want to try what else we can do with the mixer brush tool.

I will not make a screenshot from every step, because most of this we did in Part 1: . So if something isn´t clear, have a look at the Part 1 tutorial.

1. First open a new document, size 2560×1440, transparent

2. Now this will be our sampler. We will create multiple samples of forms and gradients on this document.

To make it more scrap related, we will use some of NBK Designs styles.

We already made samples with circles. In this tutorial we will use different shapes and as I mentioned we will use styles. But you can ,of course ,also use the gradients.

3. Open your Custom shape tool, Select shape

and a shape of your choice. To see all shapes click “All”

Hold Shift and drag your shape. Size and color doesn´t matter,but we are going to make more of such shapes, so don´ t make it too big.

Go to styles and apply a style. If you haven´t already loaded your styles, go to styles -Load styles

I used this styles:

artTherapy No1 {Painters-Toolbox: Watercolor-Styles}

If your styles are loaded, click on one of them to apply.

Right click on your layer and choose Rasterize Layer Style

Your first sample is done.

Make ,lets say, minimum 4 different samples some with styles some with gradients.

Make a new layer

Go to your custom shape tool and choose a shape

Hold shift and drag your shape

Go to fill and choose gradient

Doubleclick on the little arrows and choose a color in the color picker

Right click on your layer and choose Rasterize Layer

Click CTR/CMD E to merge the layer. At the end we only should have one layer with all the different shapes on it.

Now you know how to fill the shapes with a style and a gradient. It´s up to you to make some samples.

For every new shape, create a new layer, drag your shape, fill it with a style or gradient, rasterize Layer /rasterize layer style and merge the layer (CTR/CMD E)

This is my sampler, save it as psd , we can use it over and over again.

Now we do what we have already learned in part 1 with the mixer brush tool.

Open a new document, size doesn´t matter, color black (or whatever you like ) . We only try how our shapes looks like.

Make the sampler active.

Go to your mixer brush tool.

Same settings like we did in part 1: Clean brush, dry heavy load, Wet 0, Load 100 %. Sample all layers checked. Brush size as big to cover your shape.
Hover over your shape, ALT/OPT and click. Now your shape is selected

Go to your other document, make a new layer , the mixer brush tool is active and paint on the document. We just want to see how it turns out

It doesn´t look very interesting because……..

Open the brush panel

make sure nothing is checked and spacing 1%

paint again and you can see the difference from spacing 1 % and spacing 50 % or more

This is what I want. But like I always say, feel free to try different settings !

Try this with all your samples.

Make a new layer (you can delete the layer before, we are just trying)

Go to your sampler, mixer brush tool, choose one of your shape and NOW something NEW. I told you to make your brush the size to cover the shape. NOW we only select part of your shape. For example my turquoise flower I make the brush smaller to only cover part of it. (I make a red line to show it better).

This time I edit the spacing too around 50 %.

Lets see what happens and to see the difference I go back to my sampler document, mixer brush tool and select the whole flower.

You can see it makes a difference if I select the whole shape( right) or part of the shape (left). Sometimes parts of the shapes are also giving a nice effect.

You can now create your own nice shapes with some cool effects but we go on with the scrap related part.

1. Open a paper of your choice. Your sample document is still there !

2. Create a new layer

3. I have choosen a wordart (they are perfect for this) from the art Therapy collection:

4. Hide the background layer by clicking the eye ball

5. Open your magic wand tool. Hold Shift and click in all black parts of the wordart to select it.

You get this dotted line around

6. Create a new layer

7. Go to path and click the icon “make work path from selection” on the bottom.

Double click on the work path

and save it

8. Go to your layers and delete the black wordart layer. We only have the path now

9. Go to your sample document , open the mixer brush tool. Hover over the whole shape or part of it. ALT/opt and select it

10. Go to your path , stroke path, mixer brush tool

11. Turn on your background by clicking the eye ball and start making your page

That´s my page all made with artTherapy No 1: