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L3ron's fingerprint tutorial
I'll do something like this:
Feel free to comment and post your tryouts!
0.) Check if you have installed these plugins:
Gaussian Blur+ by BoltBait Click here!
Align Objects by moc426 Click here!
Diagonal Lines by jsonchiu Click here!
I'd used PDN v.3.5.4. For any earlier version you also need Crystallize (Ed Harvey Effect) Click here!
1.) Open a new Image with a size of your mind (I've chosen 400x400px) and fill it with WHITE
2.) Create a new layer , call it Base and choose the elipse tool and turn antialiasing off -> and to draw filled shape . Now create an ellipse in the middle of your layer 'Base', you might use Align Objects ( Effects -> Align Objects ) to center the ellipse.
3.) Select the ellipse with the magic wand tool .
#1: Now change your primary colour BLACK.
Now run Diagonal Lines ( Effects -> Render -> Diagonal Lines ). Make sure that you have checked Use Primary Colour. For the extra preferences I recommend you to use 5 for Interval and 0 for Brush Width.
#2: Alternatively you may use the paint bucket tool and switch the fill mode to Horizontal. Be sure that your Primary color is BLACK and your secondary color is WHITE with a transparency alpha of 0. Than hit the selected area.
4.) Now activate the layer Base, dublicate it , invert the colours ( Adjustments -> Invert Colors ) and open the layer's properties :Properties: of the dublicated (top) layer and change the blend mode to Color Dodge.
For a moment you will just see white! Than run Gaussian Blur+ ( Effects -> Blurs -> Gaussian Blur+ ) with an amount of 2 and check Use opaque alpha .
5.) Now merge the dublicated and Base layer and run Chrystalize with Cell size and Quality of 2.
6.) Now deselect selection and run Twist ( Effects -> Distort -> Twist ). Now it's your choise with which settings you will run the effect. I would recommend you not to have an amount / direction about 12 / lower -12, a size of 1 and quality of 5. The rest is something you should play with - you may repeat the twist with several settings.
After the first Twist:
After the second Twist
After the first Twist:
7.) If you aren't happy with the form of your fingerprint you may add a new layer and move it to the top position . Change the primary color tho WHITE.
Now use the paintbrush tool with a width about 50 and antialiasing enabled and draw line around the fingerprint (the brush need to overlay with it's third to have a real nice effect).
This is how it could look like (I deselected the background layer):
8.) Now run Gaussian Blur+ ( Effects -> Blurs -> Gaussian Blur+ ) with an amount about 30 (you need to decide which amount you want to choose) and uncheck Use opaque alpha
This is the final result:
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2nd edit: Updated images etc.
1st edit: Some minor changes of the layout.
Edited by L3ron, 01 June 2010 - 06:03 PM.