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Possum Roadkill said:

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

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dug said:

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

Here is an answer... as most of the work is made of experience I just stop when I'm happy with a result. And most of the time I can't remember the path that lead to it.

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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

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V1 to remind you...

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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).

 

 

My tutorial:

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

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

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03. :DuplicateLayer: Duplicate the layer.

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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I've chosen the Lighten mode:

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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:

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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°.

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

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

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

ab220.jpg

 

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

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

ab222.jpg

 

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

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

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End of tutorial

 

Enjoy and let me see your abstracts...

Edited by Ego Eram Reputo
rehosted images. Added PDF link

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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.

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Edited by Lance McKnight

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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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