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.

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Tutorial: Using Liquify in Photoshop to Correct Jagged Edges

Hello all! This is a quick tutorial to fix some of those sharp edges on the Sim body that often happens when taking poses.

I wanted to make a quick tut (and assumes you know how to use PS) to show how I got these jagged edges on Parminder look smooth for her cover. My tut is very very basic. I’m not going over the other methods I used to edit Parminder’s pics at this time, but I will make a tut in the future.

 

GO FROM THIS

TO THIS

Open your file in PS.

First, make a duplicate of your background layer. Hide it.

Go to Filter-Liquify

This box will open. You can see your brush presets. Here is where you would adjust the setting according to your liking.

Position your brush near the point you want to correct. Pull the mouse in towards the Sim body.

Same process for the knees

Same process for the shoulder. Depending on what part I am wanting to correct, I adjust my brush size accordingly.

Not perfect, but this was a rush job, not the pic I used for the cover. You can see the gist of what I’m doing here. Her pointy shoulder is now more round.

Bottom line, mess around with the brush size to your liking, change whatever you don’t like. Practice makes perfect. Happy Simming!

 

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

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No system in full proof. It’s always best to know what exactly you’re downloading and if your mods conflict with other mods by reading what the creator wrote in their description. The mod conflict program will not tell you which mods conflict. Don’t load a lot of new cc and mods in at once. In case you have issues, it is easier to find the culprit through a process of elimination. I write a better longer tut on how to look for bad cc in the future, but this is just a quick PSA.

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Show & Tell

Great tips on how to improve your writing. The vlogger makes some excellent points. Check out the video in the link!

7 Tips to Improve Your Writing

 

“Showing and Telling”. Often in writing, we know when a character is angry or sad. You can write: Sarah was upset.

Okay, great, she’s upset, but is there a better way to show us that she was upset? Did she bang her fist on the table or clinch it? Was her face distorted? What were her movements? Did she run away, slam the door, and storm out the room? These are all things we as authors want to show our audience. I know for the Sims, we can see visually, but don’t rely on pictures only to tell your story. Write as if this was a traditional novel, without any pictures.

Happy Simming!

Grammar and Punctuation Police!

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I know, I know. I hate the Grammar Police. The people who “walk” up behind you online and correct every little mistake. Sometimes we have bad days. I often get annoyed seeing their, when someone is referring to a place there (adverb) or they’re when someone means their. For instance: Their going to the club wouldn’t be grammatical because their is possessive. Instead, you would write: They’re going to the club. They’re is a contraction of the words they are.

I know my grammar is not always up to par, but I’m trying!

I will add my list of helpful Grammar tips on this post. Happy Simming!

Lay vs Lie

They’re, Their, There

Free Online Grammar Check

4 Common Grammar Mistakes You Aren’t Actually Making

All About Adjectives 

Active Voice/Passive Voice (What is it?)

How to use a semicolon (video)

10 Comma Rules (video)

Writing Skills: When to use commas with for, but, and, or yet, so (video)

Basic Punctuation: Periods, Commas, Semicolons, Colons, Apostrophes, Quotation Marks, Parentheses (video)

Learn Punctuation: period, exclamation mark, question mark (video)

Punctuation Playlist (video)

Bad Writing Habits (How to avoid them)

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We’ve all done it at some point. Maybe we think 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!

 

Punctuation Tips

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Do you ever get stumped when wondering which punctuation marks to use in your writing? I know I do. Check out some of these helpful videos and sites that can help. Happy Simming!

How to use a semicolon (video)

10 Comma Rules (video)

Writing Skills: When to use commas with for, but, and, or yet, so (video)

Basic Punctuation: Periods, Commas, Semicolons, Colons, Apostrophes, Quotation Marks, Parentheses (video)

Learn Punctuation: period, exclamation mark, question mark (video)

Punctuation Playlist (video)

FYI For Using Mods

Just an FYI for using Mods. When you download mods, ALWAYS read the creator notes for information that may conflict with other mods, resources used that could conflict, etc. The Mod Conflict app will not tell you what mods are conflicting in your game. Therefore it is best to know exactly what you are downloading and what you already have in your game. Mods that change/enhance gameplay can be a lot of fun, but they are powerful tools and if you choose to use them, take precautions and know what you’re doing. Also deleting Last Exceptions (LE) won’t make your problem go away.  Happy Simming.