tourist Posted February 28, 2008 Share Posted February 28, 2008 This tutorial is available as a PDF. Click here to view or download it Make a Cable or rope: You will need the shape 3d and Drop Shadow plugins for this effect. 1. Start with a square canvas. Mine is 600x600. 2. Add a new layer and call it template. 3. Using [line/curve] tool, divide the canvas into 6 equal parts. 4. Using the [magic wand] tool, left-click inside each of these equal parts, add new layers, and fill with color. You should have this when you are done. You may want to name your layers. 5. On strand 6 layer, select the [eraser] tool (brush width=2), place it at coordinates 0,1 and erase 1 pixel all the way down the canvas. 6. on strand 1 layer, using the same tool, place it at 0,599 and erase all the way down the canvas. 7. In this step we will start the process of making the strands look rounded. We will add [median blur], [drop shadows], and [gaussian blur] to each strand. A. MEDIAN BLUR; Duplicate each strand layer. Now choose the upper duplicate of one of the layers. find the [median blur] effect and use these settings... Select each duplicated strand layer and repeat this effect. B. DROP SHADOWS; Select one of the layers that you added [median blur] to. Make sure your primary color is black, and find the [drop shadow] effect. use these settings... Repeat this effect on all duplicated strand layers. Now choose white as your primary color and apply [drop shadow] effect to the same layers with these settings... Your canvas will then look like this... C. GAUSSIAN BLUR; Do a [gaussian blur] effect on each of the above layers. I used a radius of 30. 8. Erase the template layer, then flatten image. 9. Add a new layer, fill it with black, and place it behind your main layer, and flatten image. 1o. Go to Layers, Rotate/Zoom and rotate either (+45) or (-45), then zoom in until the canvas is just filled completely with the background. 11. Now find the [shape 3-d] effect and use these settings... 12. Lengthen your rope or cable by making your secondary color transparent, double you canvas height, duplicate layer, then move a layer upward until the textures line up. You will notice that it is not a perfect seam. To fix this make both your primary and secondary colors transparent. Then select the [gradient] tool. Choose linear gradient and transparent mode. Start just below the seam and continue the gradient upward until the seam disappears. Repeat this step until you get the desired length, then scale down. A variation of this is to make the image black and white, then use curves to get a metallic look. If you want to add shadows follow these steps: 1. use the [magic wand] tool and select the area outside of the rope. 2. Invert the selection and use the [move selection] tool to extend the selection to the entire canvas. 3. Invert the selection, add a new layer, and fill with black. 4. Find the [unfocus] effect and apply. 5. Go back to the rope layer add with the [magic wand] tool select the area outside of the rope. 6. Go back to the shadow layer and erase selection. Here is what you will end up with... Now if I can only figure out how to tie a square knot with shape 3-d...hmm? Quote Make a Paint Brush Make a Cue Stick Make a Rope Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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