Since shopping for my Jacobean part of the Wentworth house is what I do these days, I thought I could show you a bit of how it’s done. Last time I gave you an overview of the layers, this time I thought I could do a bit of the detail.

The pattern above consists of 6 main groups. With such a complex pattern having groups keeps it organized and I can apply changes to a hole group instead of just one layer. I have even made a more subgroups for the panels at the bottom. 

For the record, remember this is all Photoshop CC 2017.

Layer Masks

… Isolates one area

The brass panel or gold or whatever, it’s probably brass when I’m thinking about it, it’s a download of 2 different one’s on the same panel. Naturally I had to brake them into 2 to be able to apply them here. The big panel might look like it’s even between it’s parts, but it’s not. It wouldn’t help me any if it was. The gap between them on the sheet was too wide. I need to be able to adjust them.

Above is the very useful 2 color selector. When I make filters on the right side of this page it’s good to know that pressing D on your keyboard makes them black/white again. 

The dark and more vibrant light orange on the fiber filter is then made more into something fitting the rest of the wall with a red color overlay in blending modes.

On the left side is the panel I’m talking about now. It’s where I start when I make a pattern because I want to know how much will be left for my middle part when the top and bottom is finished.

I’m not quite happy with this because it doesn’t look like 2 parts fitted well together. They are almost not quite fitted. The golden panel looks like it’s going to fall out any day. That can probably be fixed my making my mask for the top mask a bit lower, or make another list or trim above the panels perhaps with some decoration.

On the right side is the layers panel for the main bottom panel. If you don’t know how Photoshop works this is where all your main work is visible. I have learned a lot about masks lately and the black and white images connected to a picture is a layer mask. It isolates one area in my picture and apply a picture just there.

The second picture shows one panel side and it’s mask and layer. By holding down ctrl and click on the black/white mask it will show up in the pattern with something called walking ants.

For the fiber and clouds filter it’s even handier to know that if I have 2 carefully selected colors in my color selector on the left side when making a layer and applying the filter to it. The filter will use these two colors to make it’s clouds or fibers. That is indeed a good thing, because changing the colors after is no walk-in-the-park.

Then I apply the fiber filter to my mask on the right side and suddenly my wood looks more like Jacobean wood and not a modern floor.

Below you can also see how I have used an extra layer for each of the trims masks in my panel. This mask controls 6 trims around the gold or brass panels. There is a lot of panels here now, but I hope you understand. For each of these I have a  filter applied and by holding down ALT close to the line between the filter layer and the mask layer, an arrow appears. Click on the line when it appears and it’s only applying a filter on the layer it’s then connected to. 

What that means is I make a layer with the fibers or clouds filter, as you can see to the left now is a picture showing you where the fiber filter is in the menu. It’s a bit annoying sometimes how I can’t have my Photoshop in English, after all the tutorials are all in English.

You need to prepare an image

… so you take a walk

You download an image like the one on the right, it’s surrounded by white. now what do you do?

4.In your layers panel on the right, you will have this look. It says Background and has a lock on it. Click on the lock, or this wont work.

5.Press Delete on your keyboard.

6.On the right is an image from Photoshop with a white background, but below it is a translucent background. That is the checkerboard gray and white.

7.Click ctrl+D to get rid of the walking ants. Click on the move tool right above my magic want tool on the picture in the right column. Otherwise you will be stuck here and not get anywhere. Why do they have to do it like that? Couldn’t they find another solution? I have be searching for the solution so many times, just to realize I’m still on the previous tool *facepalm*.

2.On the picture above select your tolerance in the middle, and click in on the white in the picture. I have mine set on 15, if you only want white, that might be a bit high, on the other hand what you see might not be just white, so perhaps you want something higher than just 1. If you selected the wrong tolerance, just click on ctrl + D.

3.You will have walking ants all along the edges of the brass panels like I have above. Make sure you have a snug fit. You don’t want white because it’s such a visible color, or not color depending on how you like it.

… and because I’m such a sucker for drama, I continue here 😀 Take a good look at the image. It’s two pictures on it, and I can’t see what it depicts, but they are mirrored. Naturally I would love to have them both. In this case it’s rather simple actually. 

I have numbered the parts for you, because the right sequence is crucial.

1.Select the magic wand tool like you see in my menu above. You might have to search for the tool by right clicking on each menu’s first item.

8.In the layers panel on the right, hold the one layer with your right mousebutton, hold down alt and drag the layer down … or up. It will duplicate like you see above.

OBS: if you want both sides of this image and then move each side separately you will have to make a mask. If you only need one side, you can cut out the side you don’t want and merge the layers. See the part at the bottom.

Making a mask

just a square one to start with

13.Above you see what the mask looks like. Now you know that masks only contains what’s in the white area. Everything applied to this layer will only affects what’s in the mask.

14.In the end you move one of the layers by grabbing the picture of the layer in the layers panel. Move it to a doc where you have prepared the right size and put it where you want it among all the other stash you no doubt have there already. Can I start talking about me now? 😀

15.Now click on the other layer you duplicated earlier and do the same procedure, just opposite. You should then have 2 coat of arms on a translucent background, separated on a layer each.

12.Below click on the square with a hole in it at the bottom of the layers panel. It will make a black/white mask. The white is the selected part of the image, the black will not be there.

9.Select the mask tool by clicking M or in the menu as i show you above. For this job we can use the square.

10.Left click on the upper left side of the left part of the image, and drag it diagonally down towards the middle of the two panels. Make sure you get the left part of the image well covered.

11.Make sure you are on the right layer in the layers panel on the right 🙂 … and pay attention now.

Above you can see what happens when you drag the layer by it’s picture onto your document.

Cutting something out

from an image

Right click in the layerspanel on the right side and select to merge all layers. You will then need to remove the white again if you want the translucent background. If you choose to do it this way it’s probably a good idea to cut out what you like first and then prepare the image to be transferred.

Click on the C for the cut tool, or as you see above in the menu. Set your outside one of the brass panels and drag a square cutting the two panels apart. When you let go off the tool it will look like the image on the left side.

If you’re happy with it click the hook on the top of the page.

Making a mask and cutting an image is easy to confuse … if you’re easy to confuse, like me.

I hope I got this tutorial/follow me sorted right. You wouldn’t believe how difficult it can be to sort out a page in Divi like this. It’s like you have a table full of fragments of texts and have to find somewhere to make them work with the pictures needed. Well, at least I made the tutorial while doing the job, that makes it a bit easier.

Not to mention making it look like one cooherent bunch or text+image … oh yes, and how slow WordPress updates sometimes. I keep doing things and do changes and it takes 2 hours to update? That is only the overlay on the paving I used for the heading backgrounds though. Good is that, otherwise making a blog post would be close to impossible.