How to Make TV Scan Line Effect in PhotoshopTutorial Hey what's up CAFE crew, it's Colin Smithhere from PhotoshopCAFE and this week, I'm going to show you how to create a televisionscan line effect inside of Photoshop.

All right, so this TV scan line effect, thisis one of the first special effects that I actually did in Photoshop, and I even wroteabout it in my book way back in 2002.

This was Photoshop Most Wanted.

I wrote it withAl Ward.

We can see it, it was foreworded by Scott Kelby, and anyway, I wrote aboutthis in here, so don't try and find this book because it's probably well out of print along, long time ago.

But, anyway, so what I'm going to do is I'mgoing to show you how to create the scan line effect.

It really did revolutionized how Istarted working in Photoshop because I unlocked the use of patterns and it's one of thosethings that people don't really use or haven't used because when you open up the patternsinside of Photoshop, you're met with this bubble wrap thing that's just hideously disgusting,and you usually close it, and then you just move on because you can't really use it foranything.

However, if you create your own patterns, you can actually do a lot of reallycool things inside of Photoshop.

And this actually opened up a lot of exploration forme, and I started to explore a lot with different types of design things using guides and grids,and different things like that.

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We'vegot hundreds of tutorials and, you know, I've got tron grids and all kinds of things therethat kind of branched off out of this, but at the very foundation is this TV scan lineeffect that I'm going to show you right now, where we can work with different Blend Modesand different layers and different patterns to achieve different results very easily.

And at the end of this tutorial, I'm going to show you a little masking trick that canreally add a little bit more dimension to your scan line.

So, anyway, I know this isa real classic effect.

Some of you haven't used this before; some of you have, but checkit out.

I hope you enjoy it.

So, without further ado, let's jump in and get started.

You canactually find the written tutorial for this as well on PhotoshopCAFE.


I'll just dropa link at the bottom there for you.

So, anyway, what we're going to be doing is we're goingto be essentially creating patterns, and then, we're going to be using these repeating patternsto create effects.

And, in this case, we got this cool steampunk picture that I got fromAdobe Stock and we're going to create some brushes.

So why don't we start right now? We're goingto choose New.

I said brushes, I meant patterns.

So we're going to start, we're going to changethis to pixels.

We're not going to be working in inches.

We're going to be working in pixelsand we'll just call this– Let's make it 4 by 4.

So you're going to be wanting to workat different sizes and create different sized patterns because the different resolutionsof images is going to give you different results.

So we're going to start with the 4 by 4 andwe can fill it with white.

Resolutions really doesn't matter, so we're just going to clickOK.

And now, what we want to do is we want tozoom in on that, so just grab a little magnifying glass and we'll just zoom in on that, allthe way in.

And what we've got right now is a 4 by 4, so what we need to do is fill thetop two pixels with black.

So the best way to do that is we need very, very hardest brushand the hardest brush that exist is the pencil.

And, notice, we got the foreground set toblack right now and what we can do with the pencil is just go over it, and you can seethere's the pixels there.

So what we've done is, essentially, is we've created the firstone.

So this is going to be a 4×4, meaning 4 pixels by 4 pixels.

So what we're goingto do is we're going to choose Edit, and then, we're going to go down to Define Pattern,and then we're going to call this one SLófor Scan Lineó4×4, and just click OK.

So that'sactually saved.

And, now, we're going to create a new one.

We're going to choose File, New, and then, what we're going to do is we'll do an 8x8and we'll just go there.

Once again, zoom in.

I'm just using the Alt key or the Optionkey, and then zooming in with my wheel.

All right, so now we can just paint over the firstpart of that, so now we've got an 8×8; same thing, Edit, Define Pattern.

And we're goingto call this SL 8×8.

All right, so let's make a really huge one.

What we're going to dois double the size of this one.

So we're just going to choose Image Size, and I'll showyou what happens when we do this.

So we're going to go, let's say 12×12 and click OK.

And, in fact, in this case, you can see it's perfect.

It's nice, we can actually use that.

You can see there's no blurring on the edges there, so we can actually just go Edit, andwe can Define Brush Pattern and SL 12×12.

All right, so let's go for a really smallone, so we're going to choose Image Size.

Let's drop this one down to a 2×2.

So thisis going to be a single pixel, and we can choose Edit, Define Pattern, SL 2×2.

So whatI've done is I've actually just created a whole pattern set here.

All right, so as youcan see, we're creating these scan lines in different sizes and that's for two differentreasons: One is for a different type of effect.

Sometimes a thick line is going to give agreat effect, whereas, other times, a very fine line is going to provide more detailin your images, which is going to give it a completely different look and feel.

Theother reason is the resolution.

If something is thick on a low resolution image, when yougo to a high res image, that can be so fine that you can't see it.

So one size doesn'tfit all, so what we're actually doing is creating a pack of scan lines here.

And what I'll dojust to help you out is if you just click right here, you can go to my website whereI've got written tutorial.

I've got this video embedded as well.

But more importantly, I'llgive you a set of patterns that you can use some scan lines here, so you can create themyourself or you can just grab the ones that I've created.

So, anyway, moving right along,close this out, we don't need this anymore and same with this one.

All right, so here we are on our steampunkwoman, and what I'm going to do is just create a new layer, and this is where we can do thatscan line effects.

So what we need to do is just choose the Fills.

So you could go upunder Edit, Fill, if you wanted, and then go that way, which I find is kind of slow.

I prefer to just use the Shift Delete, and that would be Shift Backspace on Windows,and that opens up the Fill Dialogue Box.

And then we just change Contents from Foregroundto Pattern, and then, click on the pattern here and we can see the patterns that we'vecreated.

So we could go here and we could apply that one.

That's the very fine one thatwe created.

And it might be a little hard to see, but what we're going to do is we'regoing to create a couple of different ones, so let's just create a new layer on top ofthat one.

We're going to hide that and then just fill it again.

And, this time, we'regoing to go with the larger one, which is probably going to look huge.

And once again,we're going to create a new layer and we're just going to Shift Delete, and we're goingto go down to, say, I don't know, this one here, and that looks pretty good.

So we'vegot the different types of scan lines here.

So let's have a look at how we can use these.

So what we're going to do is just change the Blend Modes.

A lot of the time, Overlay BlendMode is going to look really good and we just need to drop the Opacity down a little bit.

So we can see that looks pretty good at that size.

Let's have a look at the bigger one.

Change that to Overlay Blend Mode and we'll drop the Opacity down a little bit.

And staytuned because I've got a few more options I'm going to be showing you pretty soon too.

Now we could go for the extremely fine one, which this one might be a little fine, butI don't know if you can see that.

It's not bad, actually, in Overlay Mode.

We can see,we could add those little lines in there.

It's kind of cool with that they're very detailed.

Now, I've shrunken this image down.

You can see this is 100%, so with a higher resolution,you're obviously going to need to use a thicker line, and at a smaller resolution, you know,a file you might put on the web, you could use this very thin one.

So what I'm going to do for variations, though,is we're going to this size here.

So let me go back up, so that's Overlay Mode.

There'sanother couple of modes that seem to work quite well.

Multiply works really well ifyou want to just darken it, and then, we can just kind of play around with that, and itjust shows the dark lines, hides the white lines.

And in the other option, of course,is we can go to the Screen Mode, and the screen will show the Lightened lines there.

See that?And it will hide the darkened ones.

So what you got to do is if you look at this, you'llsee in the dark areas that shows up really well, and the lighter areas, you don't reallysee a lot going on.

That's the thing about Screen Mode.

So it really depends what kindof effect you want.

And, of course, if we go into Overlay Mode here, we get to see themstill more in the darker areas, not as much in the lighter areas, but it will show a littlebit more.

All right, so what we're going to do thoughis let's have a look here.

We've created this strong kind of scan line effect, but maybewe don't want it all over our model.

Maybe we just want it in the background areas.

Sowhat we can do is create a Layer Mask.

We're going to go down, click on New Layer Mask,and then, what we're going to do is we're going to paint with black.

So if we changethe foreground color to black, grab a brushónot the pencil anymoreógrab the Brush Tool andwe can see we've got the Opacity all the way up.

We got a Soft Brush and I'm just goingto make it larger by hitting my right bracket key.

And, now, if I paint over here, whatI can do is I can hide– See that, that scan line effect? It's hidden from those areasthat I'm painting.

So we could do that, make the brush a little smaller, bring it downthere.

And, now, as you can see there, we've got the scan lines just happening in the backgroundand not on our subject anymore.

So we can go around there, just clean that up, and youcould get this as exactly as you want.

A lot of the time, though, you might want it onthe bottom, which I'm going to.

I'm actually gonna go here and make that appearon the bottom.

The other thing I could do is work with pressure sensitivity.

So if I'mgoing to turn that on, if you're working off a Wacom tablet, you can turn on the pen pressureso you can fade it in; so you can have a darker in areas and lighter in other areas, and justkind of blend it in like what I'm going to do here.

See I'm just kind of blending thatin a little bit, and, maybe, just allow a little bit to go through on some of theseedges, maybe on the gun there, and just kind of blending it with the scan lines and thenon-scan line area.

You might put a little bit just on that shoulder there, or not.

It'sup to you.

Now, if you don't have the Wacom pen, youcould just drop the Opacity down and just do it from a mouse, maybe 30 to 50%, so maybeI'm going to put a little bit on the top of the hat there, kind of like it there.

Andthen, there we go.

We have, essentially, just blended in our TV scan lines there, beforeand after.

And we could experiment, turning the Opacity up a little bit more, now thatwe're kind of hiding it from some of those other areas, and, you know, that kind of showsyou the different things you can do with it.

All right guys, I hope you enjoyed this effect.

I know it was something a little bit different this week, but I really want to come backto a foundational thing that you could use over and over again, because, really, whatI'm trying to do here on this PhotoshopCAFE channel is not necessarily be like, you know,here's how to do all these elaborate things.

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