As I mentioned in the post earlier this week, Using Vintage French Brushes and Overlays, use layer masks to break up french script brushes and overlays to best suit your image. Think of the text as a visual enhancement that evokes a vintage feel rather than as an actual message.
In the image above, I’ve used this overlay and Photoshop brush.
Below is the image with the overlay and brush without using layer masks.
Here’s how the newsprint brush layers looked after I used layer masks. It suddenly becomes less about actually reading the words and now is a visual interest instead. It’s as if I burned the edges with the newsprint rather than a tone!
My favorite way to break up overlays is to use grunge brushes in the layer mask. I have a set of Free Photoshop Grunge Brushes on the site and I always keep these loaded in Photoshop for this purpose. Below shows what my layer masks looked like on the newsprint layers and the grunge brush that I used. I’m showing 2 layer masks together – see the layer panel to see how it actually looked.
This was the layer mask for the Overlay layer. On this layer mask, I used both a gradient fill and the Free Photoshop Grunge Brushes.
Finally, here is the Photoshop layer panel for the image.
Additional notes on the image.
- I used Topaz Labs* Adjust 4 with the Clarity preset.
- The Texture was Northern Skies from the Artiste Collection. Blend Mode: Overlay, Opacity: 65%.
- I’ve also used the Free Grunge Overlay for a very subtle edge enhancement. (Taking out all the text in the middle)
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