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Simple Fabric Folds

Author: westonmi


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.


Step 1 -Setting up

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


Step 2 -The folds

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)

Diagonal: 0

Center: 0

Horizontal: 0

Diagonal: 0

Horizontal: 0

Vertical: 175 (you can adjust this one to get your folds wider or narrower)

Intensity: 114

Lightness: 217 (you can adjust this one to get lighter or darker folds)


Click Ok


Save the results so you can have it handy for later use.

Step 3 -Spicing things up

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!!


Step 4 -Summary

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.