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Start with a square blank document with a resolution of 1024×1024. Make sure when you build your camouflage that the document you start out with is big enough to cover your template.
Yours may need to be bigger.
If this is an outfit for V3 or M3 or whatever, you may want to build it a bit bigger than the template that you are going to cover.
For this tutorial, I'm going to show you at a resolution of 1024×1024, but the outfit I was using was 1500×1500.
Note: Make sure you are in some kind of color mode and not grayscale when you create your document. I used RGB as my color mode.
Reset your foreground and background colors to default using the shortcut key D.
Apply a clouds filter.
Menu: Filter | Render | Clouds
You should have something that looks like my picture below. Do not worry if your picture does not look exactly like mine, but it should close.
Next, apply a Gaussian Blur filter
Menu: Filter | Blur | Gaussian Blur
Use a value of 20, so it's really blurred.
Open the Brightness and Contrast dialogue.
Menu: Image | Adjustments | Brightness/Contrast
Set the Contrast slider to full (+100)
Then slide the brightness slider until you get about the same amounts of white and black.
Now we have a two color image that looks like a cow could hide behind it.
This would be great if all the foliage was black and white. It could also be used as an Arctic camouflage.
But this is not what we want. Besides, the image is way too sharp, and we will fix that now.
Apply a Blur More filter.
Menu: Filter | Blur | Blur More
Do this a couple of times until the edges are not as sharp. Better?
Duplicate your layer by right clicking on it and selecting Duplicate Layer, or just drag your layer down to the Create a New Layer icon. It's the one that looks like a piece of paper with the corner folded.
We're going to create a three color camouflage by duplicating and turning the new layer, but first we need to change the background into its own layer.
Change your background to a layer by double-clicking on it. This will bring up a dialogue box letting you name the layer. We'll leave it as Layer 0 by pressing the OK button.
Now we have 2 layers that look the same.
Select the bottom layer (Layer 0) and change its opacity to 50%. This will ensure we get a nice grey as a third color.
Select the top layer and rotate it to the right by 90 degrees.
Menu: Edit | Transform | Rotate 90 CW
What? Nothing happened, huh? You don't see 3 colors?
With the top layer still selected, change the layer's blending mode to Multiply.
You now should have three colors; black, white and grey.
Important: For the next step to work, you must flatten the image. If you'd like to save your image first, then do so, but the two layers must become one for the next step.
This is pretty cool as a US Navy color as it is, but I wanted a green jungle color scheme so I looked for a way to replace the three colors with what I wanted.
Look no farther than your trusty Selective Color dialogue. This is useful for all kinds of stuff, but I'm using it today just to nudge the colors a bit.
Menu: Image | Adjustments | Selective Color
Dropdown the Colors box and choose Whites.
First make sure the Method at the bottom is set to Absolute, and not Relative.
Set the Magenta slider around +10 and the Yellow slider around +30. This will give us a nice yellowish color.
Next select Neutrals from the dropdown. This is for the gray color.
Set the Yellow slider from +80 to +100 to give us a nice pale green color.
Select Blacks from the dropdown.
Set the Cyan slider around -30 and the Magenta slider around -20. This will give us a nice brown color.
Don't be afraid to mess around and try different color combinations. Your forest may be full of red flowers.