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Creating Brocade Fabric Textures in PSP8

Author: westonmi

Tools Needed

Introduction

This technique was originally created in PSP8 using EyeCandy 4000 and DC Special Perssian Rug filters along with several built in effects/filters to create a brocade type texture.

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Step 1 - Setting up the workspace...

This technique is also very flexible in that you can adjust any (or all) of the settings and still get the same effect. :D

The settings:

Open a new document 400×400 pixals, transparent background

Set your foreground color to #C0C0C0 or R: 192, G: 192, B: 192

Flood fill with your foreground color

Now the reason for using a grey for this technique is that we are creating a “base” from which we can create a multitude of hues with just a few clicks. I do duplicate after each step in this technique so that I have a variety of bases from which to further work with. ;)

Step 2 - A bit of EyeCandy...

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Go to Effects > Plugins > Eye Candy 4000 > Swirl

Click on Settings and select any one of the presets. I used Wispy for this tutorial.

Make sure the Seamless tile box is checked.

Click OK

After the effect is applied duplicate the layer, (Layers > Duplicate), then hide the lower layer by clicking on the eye. Your layer palette should look like the image below.

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*Note* You can use EyeCandy 3 also for this technique

Step 3 - Cutting a Perssian Rug...

Go to Effects > Plugins > DC Special > Perssian Rug (this may be slightly different as they've changed the name of the pack this filter is in)

Slide the top slider all the way to the left (you can vary this till you get the look you want)

Click OK

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After the filter is applied duplicate the layer, (Layers > Duplicate), then hide the lower layer by clicking on the eye. Your layer palette should look like the image below.

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Step 4 - Doing the Mosaic thing...

Go to Effects > Texture Effects > Mosaic - Antique

Use the following settings:

Number of Columns: 50

Number of Rows: 50

Symmetric: Checked

Tile Diffusion[%]: 80

Grout width: 4

Grout Diffusion[%]: 50

Save these settings as a preset so you can use it later. I named mine fabric1.

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Click OK

After the filter is applied duplicate the layer, (Layers > Duplicate), then hide the lower layer by clicking on the eye. Your layer palette should look like the image below.

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Step 5 - Going a bit Glassy...

Go to Effects > Texture Effects > Mosaic - Glass

Use the following settings:

Number of Columns: 50

Number of Rows: 50

Symmetric: Checked

Glass Curvature[%]: 50

Edge Curvature[%]: 0

Grout width: 2

Grout Diffusion[%]: 50

Save these settings as a preset so you can use it later. I named mine Fabric1.

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Click OK

After the effect is applied duplicate the layer, (Layers > Duplicate), then hide the lower layer by clicking on the eye. Your layer palette should look like the image below.

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Step 6 - A bit more of the Antique...

Go to Effects > Texture Effects > Mosaic - Antique

Use the following settings:

Number of Columns: 42

Number of Rows: 42

Symmetric: Checked

Tile Diffusion[%]: 80

Grout width: 4

Grout Diffusion[%]: 50

Save these settings as a preset so you can use it later. I named mine fabric2

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Click OK

After the effect is applied duplicate the layer, (Layers > Duplicate), then hide the lower layer by clicking on the eye. Your layer palette should look like the image below.

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Step 7 - Add some Noise...

Go to Adjust > Add/Remove Noise > Add Noise

Gaussian: Checked

Noise[%]: 5

Monochrome: Checked

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Click OK

After the effect is applied duplicate the layer, (Layers > Duplicate), then hide the lower layer by clicking on the eye. Your layer palette should look like the image below.

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Step 8 - Setting the Pattern...

Go to Effects > Reflection Effects > Pattern

Use the following settings:

Horizontal Offset[%]: -77

Vertical Offset[%]: 65

Rotation Angle: 234

Scale Factor: 0

Number of Columns: 6

Number of Rows: 3

Horizontal Shift: 0

Vertical Shift: 0

Save these settings as a preset so you can use it later.

*NOTE* Most of the settings here can be adjusted to get the pattern you want, but the Scale, Columns and Rows settings should remain the same so the finished tile will tile properly.

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Click OK

After the effect is applied duplicate the layer, (Layers > Duplicate), then hide the lower layer by clicking on the eye. Your layer palette should look like the image below.

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Step 9 - Getting Edgy...

*NOTE* This step is very variable as some of the edge effects give better results with some patterns than with others, so experiment to see what works best. :D

Go to Effects > Edge Effects > Enhance More

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Duplicate the layer, (Layers > Duplicate), then hide the lower layer by clicking on the eye. Your layer palette should look like the image below.

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Step 10 - The Brocade look...

This step will give depth and color to your brocade tile and can be done with other methods or effects.

Set your foreground color to the color of your choice.

Go to Effects > Artistic Effects > Hot Wax Coating

Sometimes you have to adjust the lightness of your foreground color to get the look you want.

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For further variety try some of the following…

* play with the pattern settings

* try using the kaleidoscope effect

* use a grey foreground color for the hot wax effect and then add a new layer and flood fill it with your color of choice then adjust opacity and blend modes.

I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial and wish you many hours of texturing fun. :D