Using Layers to Create Variation

Jaysen Batchelor
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In this lecture students will learn how to use layers to create variation on a theme. We'll use an example to create different patterns and saddles.

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English [Auto] All right. So in this lecture we're gonna go over how to add different types of variations to an image using layers. So we've already gone over layers but we're gonna go into depth a little bit about how you can use layers to really help fuel your creative process. So sometimes we might have an idea roughly of what we want to do but maybe there is some of the details that we haven't quite worked out yet and we want to experiment and try some different things. Well when you're working digitally you can use layers to really help you come up with a lot of ideas very quickly while still keeping your original ones intact slight you can kind of go back and forth and switch between. So what we have here is this little creature we have the shadows on one layer. They want to worry about that. Of the skin patterns another layer. So by creating a new layer and the letter a separate layer as well by creating a new layer we're gonna go ahead and experiment and try and come up with some different skin patterns and I also Yeah well we'll come to that in a minute so yeah let's start with that so we can make a new layer here. I'm going to turn off skin patterns layer and I'm going to go ahead and duplicate my base layer and reassert that base copy down there and we're going to change it for our starting color to something else. So I'm just going to use my hue and saturation slider and let's start with something like that then we're going to come up here to this new layer Let's rename it skin patterns too. And I'm just going to hold command and select my base copy that's gonna make it. So that creates a selection and I won't have to worry about going outside the lines. I have nice texture brush off denominator pencil one for one. It's from the Evernote pack and we're gonna come in here and start painting our patterns and so let's start with a nice dark greenish color and spring our. There we go. I'm bringing this down a little darker hours. Just start painting this in like a little warmer. This all right let's go with a little bit lighter more yellowish color here we're gonna get a little bit of this marking here on the back okay now that we're here I also get my wrist a tool I think what we're gonna do is probably come back and erase serious some of this. I also think we're gonna come back probably and change the way that base layer that pink to something else. Well maybe not. Let's just try it. Let's take this skin pattern. Computer adjustments on slide this around a little bit bring the saturation down a bunch. There we go. Excellent. Let's uh let's do the horn woops go brush out get the eye here looks good. And then I don't think Ralph Nader let's do it. Let's do the little spikes there actually maybe not. I kind of like them they're sort of blending in. I mean it's up to you. You can paint it however you want. Your job is to come up with three variations for this. Three different patterns. Let's do a little bit down here on the toes. All right. Excellent. And then we can just go ahead and select that and there is one variation so you could do three of these. Some other things I wanted to do. I also have up here another layer where I have this saddle layer and with layers you can just create whatever you want on top of something. So I would usually do. I'll turn this off really quick. I just paint straight straight on top of it and start coming up with some sort of an idea for what I want to do. And I just paint straight on top I'll make sure you have a nice opaque brush. This one has a little bit of give to it. But um so I just paint on and then start working my way through the whole image and I can start coming back and painting different highlights or little detail stuff like that you can do the whole thing you know maybe you want to armor across the whole time a creature it's up to you but uh yeah. So do three different colors and then see if you can come up with three different sort of hard changes things that are gonna go right over the top here. There you go. You come up with whatever you want. So anyways that will be it for this lecture. Be sure to post these in the Q and A and the Facebook group. I would love to see what you guys come up with and what different ideas you're able to create display mix and the you know the different color patterns around and stuff like that. So anyways does this lecture. I'll see you guys in the next one.