This is a fun tutorial, We will create a classic arts and crafts look. This is what you see emblazed on plates, metal tins, saucers and the like. I call it the English Rea-Can look, because it’s on the metal tins that English tea comes in.
Begin with a Photo.
If you like, you can right click on this image and use it. Bear in mind that the effect will appear different on images of different sizes. A larger image will produce finer lines.
The first thing we are going to do, is convert this to a Smart Object. This will ensure that we have maximum flexibility as well as a little trick we will be employing later on.
Right Click on the layer name and choose Convert To Smart Object.
The shadows are plugged up in this image so we will fix that right away.
Choose image>Adjustments>Shadow Highlight
Move the amount slider for Shadows to a very high amount. The image may look a little too bright in places but that doesn’t matter.
Also push the Highlights slider up to reveal color in the highlights.
Choose Filter>Stylize>Find Edges
All the edges will now become outlined. The color has gone a bit funky though. We’ll fix that and finish the effect in the nex step.
Under Smart Filters (in the Layers Panel) you will see an icon of sliders to the right of the filter name.
Right click on the icon to the right of Find Edges,
Choose Edit Smart Filter Blending Options
Change the blending mode to Luminosity. This will restore the colors (Don’t close the dialog yet)
Here we have the image so far, with the original colors restored.
We will now blend this image with the original to get the result.
Reduce the Opacity slider until you are happy with the result. I used 38 for this image.
Click ok to apply
There you have it, in a few easy steps we have created a classic.
Lets go a step further and make it looks like its embossed into metal.
Choose Filter>Sharpen>Unsharp Mask
The trick here is to have a moderately low Amount but a higher Radius.
Experiment to see what works for you.
Here we used Amount of 36 and a radius of 87.7
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See you at the CAFE
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