1. Open a new RGB document, white background
2. Select the Gradient tool
3. Set it as black to white linear gradient
4. Here's the important part: set it to Difference mode
5. Start drawing from left-to-right and right-to-left with strokes of varying length (don't be too picky about making them exactly horiztonal strokes)
6. Keep going (it gets kind of hypnotising)
If your strokes start to get too vertical it starts looking like wrinkled metal (which isn't a bad thing)
I can see this being used for replacement backgrounds if you colorize it. Other cloth effects might be possible.
Play with it, post anything cool you get in this thread (don't forget to specify anything unique you did)
Here's an incredibly sloppy mask of the official Presidential portrait (you never know, he might want to repurpose it in a few years) placed over a background made using this same procedure.
The only thing I did differently here was holding down the shift key while drawing the difference gradients, restricting them to perfect horizontal.
Last edited by Doug Nelson; 11-04-2003 at 05:42 AM.
Great tip Doug!!
Here's what I did:
1. Opened new document white background
2. select gradient tool; black white linear gradient; difference mode
3. made a pleasing drapery looking backdrop as per Doug's instructions
3. made a new layer, filled with a pattern
4. set the pattern layer to overlay blending mode
5. made a gradient map layer and picked a pleasing color
You can get an infinity of differnt effects by changing the blending mode of the pattern layer and the gradient map layer.
Wonderful possibilities Doug, thanks for posting it.
Thanks Doug, here's another one.
I did the black/white gradient thing. Next I made a new layer, filled it with a goldish color and set the blending mode to "color", then I pasted in an image of a flower and set it's blending mode to "overlay"
The possibilities are endless!!
Did you make it a tutorial Doug??
OK, OK, we can take a hint... I've given it a go and thereby also got rid of some of my guilt about not writing a tutorial yet
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