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Just a quick tute thingie for creating reasonable fabric folds using Greg's Pool Shadow filter. Don't even really need to do pics for this one…but I will just for you. ;)
I'm using PSP8, but the steps have been tested in PS6 and should work in other graphic programs with little or no adjustments.
Ok ya need a new image 400×400 with transparent background and your foreground color set to #C0C0C0…it's a lovely shade of gray that gives a good base for what your about to do.
Flood fill your image with the foreground color
Go to Effects > Plugins > Greg's Factory Output Vol 2 > Pool Shadow (yours may be different depending the program used)
Settings: (this goes from the top down folks)
Vertical: 175 (you can adjust this one to get your folds wider or narrower)
Lightness: 217 (you can adjust this one to get lighter or darker folds)
Save the results so you can have it handy for later use.
Hmmm…gray folds…needs a bit of spicing up don't ya think? Well to do that you can colorize it…
Or you can do the following…
Open a fabric/texture image of your choice
Change your foreground color to Pattern and select your fabric/texture image
Create a new layer
Flood Fill the new layer with the foreground color/pattern
Adjust the layer blend mode and opacity to get the effect you want.
See now you have fabric with folds!!
Just a few finishing notes…
If you don't have the Greg's Pool Shadow Filter (it's in the second set) you can get it from here…
PSP8 has a wonderful tool called Mesh Warp that allows you to shape parts of your image. I've found it easier to increase the canvas size by at least 50 pixels on all sides so that you can move the edges of the layer you're working on.
I showed you haw to create a base that you can use over and over again, but you can also use this method directly on the texture you want to have folds on.