• How to Create a Resist-effect Title in Photoshop and PSE: Part 2

    In the previous tip, we took a look at recreating a "resist" technique digitally. This technique gives the appearance of paint washed over a word which has been written in wax.

    The beautiful effect can be created using a few Designer Digitals products and a gradient. But it can also be produced using those same products and a digital paint brush.

    Here's how:

    Begin by selecting a title from Katie Pertiet's Sketchy Sentiment Spots series. Then select a Watery Photo Mask. Watery Photo Mask No. 14 or Watery Photo Mask No. 6 would make especially good choices for this technique.

    • First, load a paint brush into Photoshop. Katie Pertiet's Watery Spots Brushes and Stamps are a good choice for this technique. For the sample, I used Watery Spots Brushes and Stamps No. 8. If you need a refresher on how to load brushes, check out the "How to Load and Use Brushes" video tip on the Designer Digitals blog.
    • Open a new blank document, the sentiment you are using and the watery mask of your choice.
    • Using the Move tool, drag the watery mask onto the blank document.
    • Then drag the sentiment on top of the mask.
    • Resize and reposition the title or the mask so that the watery mask just covers the sentiment. To resize, select the mask and press Ctrl T (Mac: Cmd T) on the keyboard. This shows the bounding box around the image. Shift and drag the corner handles to resize the mask. (In PSE, drag without holding the Shift key to avoid the "funhouse" effect.) To twist or turn the mask, hover the cursor outside a corner until the cursor changes to a curved arrow. When the curved arrow is active, click and drag to turn the mask layer. Tick the checkmark to confirm the change.
    • Select the sentiment layer. Press Ctrl U (Mac: Cmd U) on the keyboard to activate the Hue/Saturation dialog box. Drag the lightness slider all the way to the right and click OK. The sentiment will now be white.
    • Next, follow these steps to "paint" the mask. Select the mask layer in the Layers panel. Ctrl click (Mac: Cmd click) the thumbnail image of the mask in the Layers panel. This places a selection (marching ants) around the mask image.
    • Hide the black mask layer by clicking the Layer Visibility icon on the left side of the layer. You'll still see the marching ants, but the mask will no longer be visible.
    • Next, create a new layer by clicking the "Create a new layer" icon in the Layers panel. Make sure that the new layer is selected (highlighted.)
    • Get the Brush tool (B). From the tool options, choose one of the watery paint brushes in the set you installed. You can reduce the size of the brush by clicking the [ key on the keyboard. Increase the size of the brush by clicking the ] key.
    • At the bottom of the tools panel, click the top "foreground color" chip to select a color. Then click the back "background color" chip to select a second color. (Note: you can use the eyedropper to pick up color from your digital project while you are working in the color picker.)
    • In PSE, click "brush settings" in the tool options at the bottom of the screen and move the scatter slider to the right (100%). Click several times on the document. Click the curved arrow between the foreground and background color chip to change brush color and click again. Keep switching colors and clicking to fill the selection until you are satisfied with the look.



    In the full version of Photoshop, choose Window > Brush Settings to open the brush options. Change the settings to your liking. Here are the settings I used:
    Brush tip shape > Spacing 25%
    Shape Dynamics > Size jitter 20%, Angle jitter 30%
    Scattering > Scatter 245%
    Color Dynamics > Foreground/Background jitter 100%, Purity 100%
    The other settings were left at default

    Click within the selection several times to fill it with color and get the look you want.

    • When you are satisfied with the look, press Ctrl D (Mac: Cmd D) to remove the marching ants.


    This is an interesting way to use digital products to splash color behind a title for your digital project.