Recognizing potential

This rust texture application is an excellent example of the less than obvious usage of certain images. When you originally look at the digital photo of the rusted box you see an intriguing texture, but it is important to look at it with different blending mode applications and layer stacking options in mind as well. Try to visualize the lighten and darken usage opportunities of basic texture shots. Examine dark and light areas, and think about how they would affect different types of underlying artwork. Experiment with different scans and photos of texture using different blending modes. You're bound to hit upon some interesting effects that would not have been immediately apparent when viewing the images in their normal state.

7 I Change the blending mode of the layer to lighten so that only the light areas of the texture appear against the dark areas of the underlying artwork. To intensify the rusty texture effect, drag the layer onto the create a new layer button at the bottom of the layers palette to duplicate it. Use the move tool to drag the duplicated layer's texture to the right a little, so that it overlaps the texture on the underlying layer. This is a great way to increase the textured effect. Use the same procedure to duplicate your scratches layer and move it too.

8 I Open up the skull.jpg file. We'll use this image to create a second piece of stencil art that is less of a social comment, and more of a lowbrow urban art icon. To begin, use the same hue/saturation adjustment method you used for your gas mask art to lighten it. Now, ensure that you are working in standard screen mode so that you can view the skull file as well as the gas mask working file at the same time. Use the move tool, while holding down the shift key to drag the first scratches layer from the gas mask file's layer palette onto the skull file's canvas area.

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