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Zen Stones

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As requested here is the zen stones tutorial :).

Plugins used:


Shape3D http://forums.getpai...showtopic=18968

Drop Shadow http://forums.getpaint.net/index.php?showtopic=8375

AA´s Assistant http://forums.getpaint.net/index.php?/topic/16643-dpys-pack-2012-08-26/



You can make own stone texture or use premade one, I used WelshBlue´s which he generously shared. You can find it in his gallery http://forums.getpai...lue-air-cooled/.

I used Shape3D to make a base stone and then you can use different distortion methods to shape the stones to your liking, I used Bulge.


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I started with this texture:

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and here are some steps with screenshots:

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Open new image and copy and paste your stone to different layers.

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Shape the stones to your liking.

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Use Selection tools and Move pixels for final adjustments and placing of stones

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Then I ran AA´s Assistant to smooth the edges and added some shadows and background.

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I used Drop Shadow for shadows between stones and for bottom shadows I used 2 black filled ellipses and applied Gaussian Blur. Bottom shadows are each on own layer so you can play with settings and blur to get the right look.

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Here is the finished image:

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Great outcome Ella. I'd never have thought of using the texture for that ... thanks for the credit.

Point Warp can also add some interesting distort to give the stones a slightly differing look

* One change I would make, is to check the AA option in the Shape3D steps and increase it to 5 - it gives much smoother edges

Edited by welshblue

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Superbly realistic stones Ella! The finished image is awesome. I liked the little lighting tutorial you included as well. Very useful. Great tutorial. ;)

And a mention has to go to Welshy for his superb stone textures of course. :)

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Here is my go . Instead of using Welshy`s textures I made some marble ones for mine. I ended up making a separate texture for each stone because just flipping the same one around made the stones look a bit too similar and it was obvious the same texture had been used.

The backgound image is just one I had knocking around on the laptop.

MarbleZenStones.jpg

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Thanks for this one Font is by Johnathan Harris and only meant for example

zen1.jpg

Edited by butterfly8000
to give credit to artist of the font I used strictly for example of tutorial only

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