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Chrome Effect Chain Links

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Make chrome effect chain links.

 

More proficient users may want to use their own starting textures but for the interest of this tutorial we'll use an example from Sculptris.
Remember to have transparent backgrounds for your starting object ... other shapes do work, but not as well as a sphere. Although different shapes do give interesting results.

 

A late edit.  I'm a firm believer that no-one knows everything and I'm always happy to stand corrected, I thought the starting texture would have to be glossy/shiney ...

I was wrong as Minners71 shows in his post HERE  Thanks mate, definitely the dog's doohdahs ... 

 

I guess experimentation is key


Plugins needed: Object Align from Kris VDM's pack

 

orb1_by_pdntutor-d6fpueh.png

 

Place the image on a New Layer on a 800 x 600 canvas

 

chrome_chain_link_1_by_pdntutor-d6fpver.

 

chrome_chain_link_2_by_pdntutor-d6fpvhn.

 

chrome_chain_link_3_by_pdntutor-d6fpvk8.

 

On a New Layer draw a vertical line.  Use Centre Both from Object Align menu

 

chrome_chain_link_4_by_pdntutor-d6fpvmu.

 

On the vertical line layer use the magic wand to select the left hand side of the line

 

chrome_chain_link_5_by_pdntutor-d6fpvpv.

 

Keeping the selection active click on the torus layer and Cut

 

chrome_chain_link_6_by_pdntutor-d6fpvsc.

 

Paste in New Layer

 

chrome_chain_link_7_by_pdntutor-d6fpvvr.

 

Use the Object Align menu on the 2 halves

 

chrome_chain_link_8_by_pdntutor-d6fpvyc.

 

chrome_chain_link_9_by_pdntutor-d6fpw1f.

 

chrome_chain_link_10_by_pdntutor-d6fpw3z

 

chrome_chain_link_11_by_pdntutor-d6fpw6c

 

Repeat on the bottom ... Adjustments >>> Black and white

 

chrome_chain_link_12_by_pdntutor-d6fpw9s

 

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chrome_chain_link_13_by_pdntutor-d6fpwcb

 

 

How to 'link' a chain:

 

 

 

chain_1_by_pdntutor-d6fpuh3.jpg

 

chain_2_by_pdntutor-d6fq6bo.jpg

 

chain_3_by_pdntutor-d6fpukr.jpg

chain_4_by_pdntutor-d6fpuou.jpg

 

chain_5_by_pdntutor-d6fputf.jpg

 

chain_6_by_pdntutor-d6fpuwk.jpg

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Very nice technique Welshy! :star:

 

Do you need to start with a round image?  Transparent background?

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Yeah, I was going to ask the same thing, Ego. Does the image have to be round?

Great and easy tut!

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Are you going to tell them how to make a chain with them?  Or just tease them with the picture? lol  I do like it though,never thought of using that texture sphere from sculptris for a link,cool idea and I am going to try it. 

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Thanks so much Welshy, I was struggling for ages on the texture of the link.

 

This what I got:

To tweaking a little the settings of the PI plugin you can get a more 3D effect. :)

 

WelshTut_zps32c56d07.jpg

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WBCromeChain.png

 

Thank you Welshblue for posting the tutorial. And thanks for posting screenshots of all plugin settings...what an idea!

 

OoOoh. Yellowman!!

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Nice tut. It amazes me how realistic the links look with that texture :)

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Fantastic!

And very professional presentation.

welshblue, your tutorials make me quit to posting anything on this thread.

Thank you very much! You are the king!

 

LE:

How do you put so big pictures in the tutorial?

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Top class tute Sir. Well written and explained. Here's my go at it, I just added a bit of Curves+ to get me a little more shine B)

chainlinks.png

 

Excellent results from Yelowman, doughty and Daniels.

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@ Helen and EER ... A square and have to be transparent ? Try it and see  :evillaugh: 

I've only ever tried with a square with rounded edges and it's a bit lumpy on the inside. (Below) And yep it does need transparency around the object. I'll add that laters. Thanks both for the positive feedback

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@ skullbonz ... I guess that's a fair point and not everyone does know how to do it, I'll do a couple of screenshots when I've got time. Hopefully later on this evening

@ YM ... now that's taking a tute and running with it. Awesome. Although you've spoilt my next image  :evillaugh:  :evillaugh: 

I love P.I. Playing with the settings gives some interesting depths and widths

@ Doughty, Daniels and DrewD' ... excellent results guys. Again you've all put your own slants on it and they all work so well

I always put the bear minimum in my tutes (lazy) and it's great to see other peoples twist on it.  All the above no exception. Makes it worthwhile

@ Klaxxon ... all my tutes ? Nah. Some are dodgier than a dodgy priest babysitting a creche.

There's some I'd delete if I could and start all over again. Don't be too hard on yourself, it's a learning curve writing tutes as much as it is people learning from them. At least I think it is. It's not always easy getting across what you want to demonstrate

Big images ? Well I'm friends with EER so get away with it. Joke ! They're all in the permitted size except maybe 2 (but don't tell him.) I think because I used a white background it makes it all look bigger ?

Thanks again everyone, it was great to see the results.

Glossy orbs can be interesting, as can putting a texture on a new layer, setting to Multiply ... maybe playing with opacity

http://fc01.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2013/178/b/5/link_examples_by_pdnwelsh-d6awtzm.jpg">http://fc01.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2013/178/b/5/link_examples_by_pdnwelsh-d6awtzm.jpg

 

 

*** Now added a how to to link chains.  

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...Well I'm friends with EER so get away with it. Joke !

 

Admission time:  @BoltBait, myself and @welshblue are triplets.  Separated at birth and reunited by the healing power of Paint.NET! :lol:

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I started out making this one with a few extra effects to make it look like a neon tube chain.

 

  chainlinks-1-b-800x600_zps1eec484f.png

 

 

 Along the way when I was blending two layers together in negation I got this and I know how welshblue likes dark pictures so I had to post this for him. I also started the project with a picture I took of the sky and used the Fish Eye plugin to make the starter sphere.  Cool tute welshblue.   

 

chainlinks-1-c-800x600_zps83d6eff1.png

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Very nice!  Looks almost like glass.

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Thanks,I was trying for that.  :)  I also learned something with this tute. I never knew that when you cut something that it could be pasted back onto a different layer. I always thought that cut was the same as delete and it was gone. 

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I always thought that cut was the same as delete and it was gone.

*facepalm*

No worries. I've met a whole lot of people who think the same :00:

Great tutorial, welshie! Question: is there anything special to look for when picking an image to start with, or would any picture do?

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Cut is quite a different operation from Delete.

When you Delete the section is removed and discarded.

Cut is more like using scissors on paper. Cut the corner off a piece of paper and you have two pieces. You have to put the second piece somewhere. Paint.NET puts it in the clipboard. :)

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@ 'Noob ... experiments show that you need a sphere with light, a bit of darkness and/ or reflections ... in fact this may be one tute' where being a PDN purist doesn't always give the best results making everything entirely PDN ... but rather use it as an image editor

Some experiments:

http://fc07.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2013/179/0/9/large_link_example_by_pdnwelsh-d6b3c0c.jpg">http://fc07.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2013/179/0/9/large_link_example_by_pdnwelsh-d6b3c0c.jpg

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Cut is quite a different operation from Delete. 

When you Delete the section is removed and discarded. 

Cut is more like using scissors on paper. Cut the corner off a piece of paper and you have two pieces. You have to put the second piece somewhere. Paint.NET puts it in the clipboard.

 

Thanks for explaining it,now it makes sense. It's probably in your book but I never was one to read a whole book cover to cover,lol.

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It is. With pictures :)

Welshy - thank you for posting your experimental images. That explains a lot and will short cut a lot of trial and error.

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Admission time:  @BoltBait, myself and @welshblue are triplets.  Separated at birth and reunited by the healing power of Paint.NET! :lol:

And our poor mother had a long gestation period waiting for me ...

No probs with the experimental pictures ... I've done this tute' so often now I'm only 1 or 2 pixels out when drawing the vertical line. Talk about conditioning.

@ Skullbonz ... I think the only book I've ever read cover to cover and not speed read is EER's ... after all I was paid '000's to proofread so couldn't short change him ;)

Cool links BTW, they are glassy. Hmmm there's a thought ... making 3D chunky transparent glass ones ...

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What a great tutorial,I fin most pics work for the base image even square ones ( just run shaped 3D on them at default settings and turn the lighting off )

 

My base image was this my Mums desktop.

 

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The beauty of tutorials ... even the author can learn something as long as they're receptive.

 

Great result Minners' ... I didn't try the obvious and only tried shiney things.  I'll link to this post in the initial tutorial later on today

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@WB thanks again for this tut it's really getting my creative juices flowing again :) 

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No problem ... it's always nice to give something back to the community.  Thanks too for the tip, it's now linked to in the tutorial.

 

... and watch you don't slip on those creative juices and do your other hand in  :evillaugh:

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