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The main ingredients for this brushed aluminum effect are the Hue and Vivid Light blending modes, with generous helpings of Noise, Motion, and Gaussian Blur filters, and, for variation, a dash of Unsharp Mask to roughen up the final result. It's another fun, quick technique, and you can work in your own variations by desaturating and inverting one or more layers—you can even experiment by changing the order of the layers.

In this variation, the Vivid Light layer was sharpened using the Unsharp Mask. Applying Unsharp Mask makes the brushed effect much stronger and rougher.

You may want to crop the edges where the Motion Blur filter tails off.

l In the Layers palette, duplicate the original image by dragging the background layer onto the "Create a new layer' icon. Alternatively, just use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl/Cmd-J Name this layer "Hue "

2 With the Hue layer active, select Hue from the blending mode pulldown menu

3 Invert the Hue layer by selecting Image > Adjustments > Invert (Ctrl/Cmd-I)

4 Make another copy of the original image (Ctrl/ Cmd-J), rename it "Vivid Light," and drag it to the top of the layer stack

5 With the Vivid Light layer active, select Vivid Light from the blending mode pull-down menu

The Noise filter adds random grain. Here, I chose a high value and created a coarse output.

6 Add some noise with Filter > Noise > Add Noise I used a value of around 100 and checked the Gaussian and Monochromatic check boxes

7 With the Vivid Light layer still active, go to Filter > Blur > Motion Blur Use the wheel to determine the direction of the blur and the Distance setting to adjust the length of the brushing effect

8 Consider desaturating the Vivid Light layer (Ctrl/ Cmd-U) and adjusting its opacity Try inverting the image—use Ctrl/Cmd-I to toggle between positive and negative versions o o o_

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Here, the Hue layer's opacity is set to 50%, desaturating the image, and the Vivid Light layer's high opacity of 80% helps to restore the original colors

As the Hue layer's fill opacity approaches 50%, the image is increasingly like a black-and-white picture toned with the negative's color At 50% it is black and white, while lower percentages gradually restore the original colors Here, the Hue layer's opacity was set to 49%—just enough to restore some of the image's strongest colors

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