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Photoshop Layer Mask Tutorial for Reshade Edit

Hello everyone, here is a quick tut I put together as I was editing pictures for my upcoming chapter of Game of Power.  I recently started using Reshade for my edits. I don’t know everything about it and I am still learning how to adjust the settings to get the right effect for my pics. I noticed that while I like several presets I use, sometimes no matter how much I change the settings, use angles, etc, some of the effects aren’t what I desired. For instance, with this picture of Sade and Ekko, I loved the general preset effect, but I could not change it so that Sade’s jumpsuit didn’t look so bright and shiny (and without making her skin tone look weird). Everything else with the pic is fine and I loved the DoF effect (depth of field). I only wanted to add a little detail back to the jumpsuit Sade is wearing.

First, take your Reshade edit pic from wherever you have it stored and take your regular game shot from your TS4 folder. Open both in PS.

Now copy and paste (CTRL +C then CTRL+V) your regular screenshot as a new layer on your Reshade edit

We want to add some of the detail from Sade’s jumpsuit in the regular shot onto our Reshade shot. Make sure you’re on the regular screenshot layer. Click the layer mask icon at the bottom where I’ve outlined in red. Since we don’t want to see the entire image, we are going to make our layer mask black (to conceal it). Hit CTRL+I  (shortcut to invert)

A few things. Okay, now we can’t see the regular game screenshot, which is what we want. We only want some detail from the jumpsuit. Hit “B” (shortcut for Brush tool) make sure your foreground color is pure white. Make your brush around 30-40 px. The shortcut is [ or ] to change the size. The opacity can be more or less. I had it at 0% at first, but bumped to 20%. Keep a low flow around 10%. Remember, black conceals, white reveals. We are going to paint white on the jumpsuit.

As you start painting on the clothing only, you can see the detail coming back in. If you look at your layer mask, you can see where we have painted white.

Once you are done painting in the clothing detail, go to Blend Mode and lower the opacity. For this edit, I changed it to 50%. It could be more or less depending on what you are trying to do.

This is our before shot. If you want to see the difference, click on the eye on the first layer. Click back on it and export your image or go on to edit however you usually do it.

Again, I am not expert with Reshade nor PS and this is just a little trick I came up with on my own as I’ve found that sometimes the preset effect isn’t something I want. And sometimes no matter how I change the settings, depending on my Sims’ skin tones, one preset might work for one, but be too much or too dark/light for the other. So sometimes I need to find workarounds either by using curves or levels adjustment layers in PS.

If you have any questions about PS or how I edit, please leave a comment. Thanks!

Happy Simming,

Camille

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Regular shot and Rehade shot if you want to save the image to practice on your own.

Character Generators

Hey everyone, check out the new section on the Resources page on this blog right here. I have added some helpful links to character generator sites. These sites that help give you ideas for new characters or to help you develop new ones. Maybe you need help coming up with personalities, traits, backgrounds, etc. Check it out and Happy Simming!

Character Personality Generator

Character Generator

Character Design Inspiration

Postive and Negative Trait Table

Writer’s Haven

These are some very helpful sites for a wealth of information for writers. Information includes everything from publishing, copyright, blogging, seminars, courses, writing tips, the list goes on. Check it out!

Creative Writing Now

Now Novel 

Writers and Authors

Writer’s Digest

Write to Done

Writer’s Treasure

2017’s Best Sites for Writers

Character Development

Do you ever find yourself completely swept away by a character in a novel you’re reading or even in a movie or television show you’re watching? Well that’s because a writer (or a team of writers) took the time to make that character true to life.  Some of the most interesting characters in literature are complex characters.  They may not have the most endearing attributes, they might be a bit hypocritical, but overall they are human. I think we can all identify with our own complexities. As people we all have layers. A well written character will make you love or hate them, or maybe you can feel a bit of both. The important thing to remember is to see your characters as human and don’t worry if your readers hate them. At least your readers feel something! Happy Writing!

Character Generators

Fill in Your Character’s Bio

10 Tips for Your Character Biographies

How to Write a Character Profile

How to Write a Character Biography

8 Ways to Write Better Characters

My Character Biography Template

How Detailed Should I be When Writing a Character Bio?

Character Biography Templates

Why and How?

 

 

Story Development

These are some tips to help you in writing and developing your stories if you are using a First Person Narrative (basically “I” usage)

Tip for Effective 1st Person Writing

7 Tips for Writing Great Narratives

8 Pointers for Starting a Story in First Person

Most Common Writing Mistakes For First Person Narratives

Seven Smart Tactics for Describing a Character in First Person POV

Six Ways First Person Can Describe Themselves

First Person POV & Character Description

How to Avoid the Mirror Description

BAD WRITING HABITS (HOW TO AVOID THEM)

We’ve all done it at some point. Maybe we thinking using a word instead of said will make our writing seem fancier. What about the mirror cliché? So on and so forth. This is a new section that I plan on adding to as time goes on.

Five Habits to Avoid in Fiction Writing.  This article was recommended by @Desiknight07 Thanks!

 

 

 

Writing Productivity Tips

Need some tips to keep you motivated or productive in your writing? What about becoming organized? Check out some of the informative sites below!

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50 Words a Day

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7 Writing Tools to Work Smarter

The Ultimate Writing Productivity Resource

Calmly Writer (Chrome App)

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Apps (Online, Android & iOS)

Here are some useful online apps as well as apps for Android and iOS that may be useful in your writing. You don’t have to be in front of your pc or Mac in order to write! Create on the go!

Online:

15 Great Writing Apps

10 Free Writing Apps & Tools

Darkroom

Barra.com

Hogbaysoftware

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Zoho

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Mobile Apps (Android & iOS)

Best Android Apps for Writers

10 Best Android Apps

15 Voice to Text Apps

ListNote Speech-to-Text Notes (I personally use this one)

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