TV Scan lines in Photoshop
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This is a very requested technique that simulates the lines of a TV screen, this technique is used all over the graphics world.

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by Colin Smith

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Lets prepare our lines. Create a new document 2 X 4 pixels for web and try experiment with higher settings for print like 6X12. Also I like to set the contents (background) to transparent.


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with the foreground color set to black take the pencil tool and paint the top half of the image.

Select all or press Cntrl/Cmd +A


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Edit>Define pattern

This box will come up in PS 6, in previous versions you won't see anything, that is fine. What I love about 6.0 is that when you define a pattern, it is saved in the library for future use.


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Open the image you want to add the scan lines to. Or make a selection if you dont want to apply the effect to the entire image.

Create a new blank layer above the image.


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Press Shift backspace (shift+Del on the Mac) to open the fill dialog box.

Make pattern the content and in version 6 select our scan line pattern in the custom pattern tab.

Click ok and there it is!


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change to Overlay mode and drop the opacity down till it looks good

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

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