Making Textures—with Robert Lawson

Need a little photo-realism? Photoshop excels at allowing you to incorporate photographic sources into your projects. But what happens if you need some texture, but lack the photos? Don't worry about it.

By harnessing the power of layers and filters, photorealistic textures can be created. This tutorial shows you how to create two common textures: scratched metal and glass. You can utilize these textures for text or design elements as part of your television graphics.

You'll find Exercise 03 on the DVD-ROM.

PRO file. Neil Rubino

Rubino has spent his entire professional career working in video. But he frequently goes beyond the editing and gets involved with all aspects of a project.

"My jobs have always required me to shoot and edit the video projects I am assigned. So I have evolved from a shooter/ editor to a producer and director of my own projects. I started in the television news media as a videographer," said Rubino. "I moved from news programming into shooting and editing cable TV programs for a number of years. I now work on corporate and educational videos that vary from two to forty minutes in length."

Rubino quickly discovered that he needed to be confident in making his own graphics for use in video. Photoshop has filled that role nicely.

"I use Photoshop at this point to prepare almost all of the graphics for a video project, no matter what the type. Lower third ID titles and full screen titles, logo treatments, charts and graphs, newspaper clippings, site plan maps and even custom mask shapes are all created first with Photoshop and then imported into my video projects. I also use still photographs in my videos from time to time, and I prepare and perfect them first in Photoshop."

Integrating Photoshop as a key skill has been helpful in Rubino's career. He frequently delivers completed projects for

broadcast including television commercials, public service announcements and cable programming. To meet tough deadlines, Rubino says one has to be knowledgeable about approaching production challenges.

"I think that knowing how to get a job done quickly is one measure of a power user. Knowing the shortcuts the program provides really helps in this area," said Rubino. "But beyond the keyboard shortcuts, knowing the ways to attack a task really makes someone a Photoshop power user. Some projects can be approached in Photoshop in a number of ways. Knowing which method will deliver the desired effect with the highest quality result in the least time is the mark of a power user."

Rubino says a thorough knowledge of Photoshop is essential for video editors these days. If you're thinking about freelancing or changing jobs, make sure your skills are in line first.

"I think that it is extremely important for anyone in the profession of media creation for broadcast to know Photoshop," said Rubino. "Photoshop is very helpful for video editors as well as writer/producers. So I would suggest that anyone entering the job market concentrate on learning Photoshop before embarking on a job search in television production."

Photoshop Secrets

Photoshop Secrets

Are You Frustrated Because Your Graphics Are Not Looking Professional? Have You Been Slaving Over Your Projects, But Find Yourself Not Getting What You Want From Your Generic Graphic Software? Well, youre about to learn some of the secrets and tips to enhance your images, photos and other projects that you are trying to create and make look professional.

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