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Abusing Noise (images are back up)

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In this tutorial (It might be part of a series of "abuse" tutorials :P), I'm going to show you how to abuse the "Noise" feature to get vibrant abstract images, interesting starry backgrounds, wispy confetti, and more.

1. We start with a plain background. I'm using black for the sake of this tutorial.


2. Add noise, setting the coverage to somewhere between 10-20.


3. Go to the layers menu and hit "rotate/zoom". Zoom in. I use between 2-3, but it can differ depending on your needs and how much coverage you selected above.


4. Add noise again (Ctrl+F) and zoom in again (Ctrl+Shift+Z)


5. Do this a few times. It'll give you a nice nebulous background.

5a. If you want interesting-looking stars, start with lower coverage and zoom in more (I think I went for coverage: 10 and zoom: 4x last time). I've used that technique in the following two pieces:



5b. If you want vibrant abstract backgrounds, Do #5 until you have small amounts of black space, large "clouds" and a new layer of noise on top.


6. Apply dents. Scale should be between 10-20. The effect you're looking for is small enough to not obscure anything and unrefractive enough to keep a couple noise particles, but weave most of them into the dents.


7. Do this however many times you want. (Ctrl+F). Doing it more loses more detail but makes the dents run smoother.


7b. If you want confetti, go for very low coverage, make sure your final product has only zoomed-in-noise, and increase the scale of the dents. Pieces where I've used confetti:



8. Lastly, pieces where I've used the main noise-abusing techniques:






Hope you find this helpful!

Edited by Xhin

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Ok, this is a first step but I need some more about the extra step to create so amazing images...

This is what I can reproduce 100% inspired by your artwork:


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Whoa, that looks awesome! Please tell me how you got the tile reflection pieces to be multicolored (if it's easier than applying 389482 gradients that is :P) since I've been wanting to do that for a while to make some new multicolored pieces.

As far as the backgrounds go, I use different dents and gradient them into the landscape. There's a trick to it (see my upcoming Abusing Dents tutorial :P).

There's a trick to some of the cooler-looking twists too (other than the ones that are just twists of the jewel-looking object). Might make a tut for that.

Sharpen up your twist to the right with gradienting-in a relief of the image. It helps it pop out more, like its (probable) inspiration here:


reliefs work great on twists (well the kinds I'll show in the tutorial), certain types of dents, and certain types of "webbing".

I should make a "Webbing" tutorial soon too. There are so many types I haven't explored, and I'd love to see what you guys could come up with.

As for the coloring/polish, can't help you with that. It usually takes a good hour for me, so good luck :P

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Yes, annoying some images are shown randomly...

If you reply or quote the message, you could see the address URL of the image and copy/paste in a new page of your browser to see the image...

Edit: Images are back for me now!

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Yeah, I'm having server issues. Really annoying since I had another tutorial typed all the way out before my server went down. Should be back later tonight.

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Aaand server's back up.

On topic:

Madjik, I'll definitely check that plugin out. I use all kinds of tile reflections in my new pieces, so the more options, the better.

Also, I'm about to release a second tutorial that expands on this one a bit in one section.

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