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# A way to create some tubular net

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A way to create some tubular net

For some drawing you need to create some net of tube or things like that (roads, railways, pipelines, etc).

This tutorial is a guideline to help you to do so.

Don't be afraid:

It seems a bit complicate because it first shows how to create the tool and then how to use it.

After that, you'll find a bonus tip...

My examples:

Needed plugins:

My tutorial:

Follow the instructions on the images...

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If you don't draw a too big circle (shouldn't be covered by the tubes) you will save some steps later...

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To get ride of the tubes on the right, add a new layer and run a kaleidoscope with the box "colored helper only" checked. This will draw a new circle. Select outside and delete the selection on the layers with the tubes...

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

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19. The tool is created and saved. Now it's time to learn how to use it.

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Bonus tip

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The tolerance to 69 is to avoid the orphan pixels when you fill the area...

BTW this method works better with larger images...

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Also you could use other distortions effects like waves, polar, etc... But it is difficult to have the needed shape of the tube...

End of tutorial

Enjoy and let me see your creations...

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I`m confused. In part 2 what do you mean by `select the top thirty lines'? And isn`t that a linear reflected gradient?

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Yes and this is confusing me... you're right its a linear reflected gradient.

To select the first 30 top lines, use the rectangle selection tool and watch the dimension information in the bottom status bar till you have 30 lines...

Sorry for the trouble, I'm updating the tut...

Thanks for the feedback.

This image uses this technic: (jake2k like...)

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Thanks Madjik.

Maybe if you refer to them as the `top 30 lines of pixels' it would be less confusing. It is pixels you are selecting after all.

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Done... and added Rotate image as well...

Made a roadmap:

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That`s great. I`ve finished making the tool, now for the image.No time at the moment though. Very clever and useful tutorial Madjik. Thanks.

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Yep, I have made the tool too. I have a plan in mind but gotta go to work now. Will post it when it's done. Thanks so much for taking the time to write the tute.

Knowledge is no burden to carry.

April Jones, 2012

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Apologies for the double post.

I've got it done! I made the tool & then created an image with it. Probably it is not what you had in mind but this is what I saw basically from the time I started to create the tool.

Madjik, thanks so much for a wonderful tute & a springboard for some fantastic ideas. I named this one for you because you deserve it for all your hard work.

Black Madjik

Knowledge is no burden to carry.

April Jones, 2012

WOW Great!

Thanks

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• 2 months later...

EPIC!

Edited by Netbook

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• 4 weeks later...

I think I understand the process pretty well, but can I select any section of tubing from any diameter circle? I was doing this and then rotating the copied tube section so it would fit into the tube section that came before it. I had a hard time controlling the shape of the tubing. This image was the result of my practicing the tut's method.

Thanks for this tut. It gave my brain a good workout!

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