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MadJik

A way to create more abstract...

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My favorite new abstract ! Lovely, simply lovely. I'm in awe. Please teach me how you did this.

http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s258/MadJikF59/vegetaljourney.jpg

I like everything you do, nice style. You always leave me thinking,my! how did he do that? ...

Here is an answer...

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Do some abstract with PDN V2 (V1 was made in 2008 and has been lost with the transfert of the forum...)

My definition:

Some abstract is something that looks like nothing, but it is still nice to look or so intrigating...

So this is only a guide to process and you must fill free to use other effects or settings to create your own abstract art.

My example:

V2

http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s258/MadJikF59/tuts/abstract/ab299.jpg

V1 to remind you...

http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s258/MadJikF59/tuts/abstract/ab20.jpg

Needed plugins:

Color flip

Kaleidoscope

Perlin texture

Polar transformation

Seamless texture maker

Shape3D secret #1 and #2 (see below)

Tiles reflection XY

:Warning: I won't tell you to hide/show the layers but I hope you'll be able to do it by yourself.

As well the pictures are only details to fit in the 800x600 dimensions (or 600x800).

Click on the thumbnails to see the fullsize image.

My tutorial:

01. :New: create a new large image (4000x3000).

http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s258/MadJikF59/tuts/abstract/ab201.jpg

02. :Plugins: With this settings run a perlin texture to obtain a wavy colorful rainbow. Don't forget to set the orientation to Switched.

http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s258/MadJikF59/tuts/abstract/ab202.jpg

03. :DuplicateLayer: Duplicate the layer.

http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s258/MadJikF59/tuts/abstract/ab203.jpg

04. :Plugins: On the top layer run a Tiles reflection XY with this settings.

http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s258/MadJikF59/tuts/abstract/ab204.jpg

05. :Plugins: Then run the Seamless texture maker with the default settings.

http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s258/MadJikF59/tuts/abstract/ab205.jpg

06. :Plugins: This is (what I call) the secret #2 of Shape3D. It creates a distortion of the image. So use the following settings to obatin the same effect.

http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s258/MadJikF59/tuts/abstract/ab206.jpg

07. :DuplicateLayer: Duplicate the bottom layer. Then :MoveLayerUp: move the new layer on the top of the list.

http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s258/MadJikF59/tuts/abstract/ab207.jpg

08. :Plugins: Again with shape3d, this is (what I call) the secret #1 of Shape3D. It creates a spheric distortion of the image. So use the following settings to obatin the same result.

http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s258/MadJikF59/tuts/abstract/ab208.jpg

09. :DuplicateLayer: Duplicate the top layer and :FlipHorizontal: flip it Horizontaly.

http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s258/MadJikF59/tuts/abstract/ab209.jpg

10. Press F4 :LayerProperties:, and play with the blend mode to find interesting results...

http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s258/MadJikF59/tuts/abstract/ab210a.jpg http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s258/MadJikF59/tuts/abstract/ab210b.jpg http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s258/MadJikF59/tuts/abstract/ab210c.jpg

http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s258/MadJikF59/tuts/abstract/ab210d.jpg http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s258/MadJikF59/tuts/abstract/ab210e.jpg http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s258/MadJikF59/tuts/abstract/ab210f.jpg

I've chosen the Lighten mode:

http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s258/MadJikF59/tuts/abstract/ab210g.jpg

11. On the second layer from the top, press F4 :LayerProperties:, and play again with the blend mode to find interesting results...

I've chosen the Negation mode:

http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s258/MadJikF59/tuts/abstract/ab211.jpg

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:SaveAs: :Warning: As you've finished the first half of this tut, it's a good idea to save your work now (if it isn't done yet).

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12. :MergeLayerDown: Merge down the 3 top layers : :Warning: to keep the cascading blend mode, start with the second from the top, then the top layer.

Optionaly you could adjust the color with :AutoLevel: autolevel.

http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s258/MadJikF59/tuts/abstract/ab212.jpg

13. :DuplicateLayer: Duplicate the top layer and repeat the last effect Ctrl+F it was shape3D.

http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s258/MadJikF59/tuts/abstract/ab213.jpg

14. :Plugins: You could flip the colors using the color flip plugin as we started with some random kind of color it could be interesting to change that.

http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s258/MadJikF59/tuts/abstract/ab214.jpg

15. :Plugins: Use the kaleidoscope to create some beautiful image. Test the piece selector with different values.

http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s258/MadJikF59/tuts/abstract/ab215.jpg

16. :DuplicateLayer: Duplicate the top layer and :Plugins: do a Polar transformation with the default values.

http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s258/MadJikF59/tuts/abstract/ab216.jpg

17. Still on the first layer from the top, :Plugins: run the Shape3D with previuos settings except Texture map to Full Cylinder map and texture rotation to 90°.

http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s258/MadJikF59/tuts/abstract/ab217.jpg

18. On the second layer from the top, :Plugins: run the Shape3D with previuos settings except texture rotation back to 0°.

http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s258/MadJikF59/tuts/abstract/ab218.jpg

19. On the top layer, press F4 :LayerProperties:, choose a blend mode (Darken).

http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s258/MadJikF59/tuts/abstract/ab219.jpg

20. On the second layer from the top, press F4 :LayerProperties:, choose a blend mode (Lighten).

http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s258/MadJikF59/tuts/abstract/ab220.jpg

21. On the third layer from the top, press F4 :LayerProperties:, choose a blend mode (Glow).

http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s258/MadJikF59/tuts/abstract/ab221.jpg

22. :SaveAs: Save as... to keep a full version with layers and :Flatten: flatten the image : [Ctrl] + [shift] + F

http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s258/MadJikF59/tuts/abstract/ab222.jpg

23. :Resize: Optionaly you could resize to a usable size like 1600x1200 with best quality resampling.

http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s258/MadJikF59/tuts/abstract/ab223.jpg

24. And also optional, do a autolevel adjustment :AutoLevel:

http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s258/MadJikF59/tuts/abstract/ab224.jpg

End of tutorial

Enjoy and let me see your abstracts...

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Thanks so much for sharing Madjik. Book marked for later.

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Hey, MadJik, I rarely visit the forums these days, but when I read through your tutorial, I accidentally made this while struggling to make something. I created my own texture, and used a bit of your tutorial to create the abstract pattern.

th_NightSailing.png

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Hey, MadJik, I rarely visit the forums these days, but when I read through your tutorial, I accidentally made this while struggling to make something. I created my own texture, and used a bit of your tutorial to create the abstract pattern.

th_NightSailing.png

Good!

That's what I want: my tuts should give you the desire to try something new for you and not only repeat exactly what I've done...

Thanks for feedback.

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The order to merge the layers down each over is important...

To obtain a WYSIWYG you have to start from the lowest layer... or flatten the image.

Yes it's colorfull.

Thanks for the feedback.

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Ha,Ha,Ha, sorry, I am a bit slow sometimes. :) I totally understand the cascade merging of layers.I went wrong at the polar transformation step and got my layers mixed up.One and a half hours later I saw what I was doing wrong.Now I am kicking myself.Still,all great fun. ;)

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