Hello, this is Jeff at Magical Fruit Tuts. In this Photoshop Tutorial I will show you how to create an interesting Dither effect with Photoshop. This effect works well with Black and White as well as color images. If you apply a sepia or other color tone to a black and white image first, this procedure can result in an interesting tri-tone result. Images with faded areas or minor imperfections can produce excellent results with this method To begin, open up your image in Photoshop.
If the image is in grayscale Mode, choose Image – Mode – RGB Color Double-Click the background layer and rename it “Teddy” Save your image as a psd file Right-Click and select Convert to Smart Object Black and White photos sometimes work better if you apply a sepia Photo Filter to them Select the “create a new fill or adjustment layer” icon and select Photo Filter For this image I chose Warming Filter (85) at 25% Density. Click the clip to icon to clip it to the Teddy Layer. Move to the Teddy layer. Hold down Control key while selecting the add a new layer icon to create an empty layer below the Teddy layer. Click the create a new fill or adjustment layer icon, then choose “solid color” a color picker with open, choose a color, I choose a orange-red #dd794c Next add a pattern overlay layer style to the color fill layer you just created. choose the pattern picker fly-out click the gear icon and chose “Large List” check to see if you have the Pastel Paper pattern on the list If you don’t, choose the gear icon again and choose “Erodible Textures” from the dropdown click append to add the pattern group to your list, Other textures you can experiment with are Fine Grain, Cold Press, and Pebble Board. They are in the Erodible Textures Pattern Group also.
for now, choose the Pastel Paper Pattern, Normal blend, 50% Opacity, and 50% Scale. Select the Teddy layer, add a levels adjustment layer, for now don’t make any levels changes. the levels layer should automatically be clipped to the Teddy layer. We’re now read to tweak the settings Select the Teddy Layer and change its blend mode to Hard Mix Double-Click the levels layer to change the settings Adjust the Black and white output levels to where the brightest areas are white and other light areas are yellowish. I used Output levels of 6 and 194 Next adjust the pattern overlay. Note that texture opacity and scale will change depending on the size, and resolution of your image. Adjust the opacity to where the dither is showing some on the face, I used 55% Opacity Now adjust the scale to where the dither looks appropriate i.e. not too large but small enough that small dither dots can be seen. I use 95% scale. This completes the Teddy Image. Notice that as I experiment with different color tones of the orange color that the effect changes quite a bit. Also notice the changes as I experiment with completely different colors.
Here are a few more images created using this method. By using different Levels adjustments, Fill colors, and pattern settings you can achieve many excellent results. CS5 does not have the Erodible Patterns Category availiable. You could use the fibers 1 texture in the Grayscale Papers pattern group or you can use an alternative method. Here is a CS5 screen showing an Alternate method that utilizes the Film Grain Filter that you could use for CS5. This method also works in later versions of Photoshop. The settings for the Film Grain Filter are: Grain 10, Highlight Area 4, and Intensity 9. On the left side of the screen is the working canvas, notice that the screen view size is 18.59%. On the right side of the screen is the resulting jpg image. The reason they are different is because the canvas view was shrunk to 18.59%. If you increase the canvas screen view to 100%, you will get a more realistic view of what the image will look like when it is converted to a jpg or it is printed. It might be a good idea to zoom in to 100% occasionally to see what your output will really look like.
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