Tuesday, May 25, 2010

New PS Tutorial - Making the Complex Wood Grain Seamless

Another Tuesday, another Photoshop Tutorial!

In this, the fourth installment in the Faux Wood Grain series, we learn how to make the complex wood grain from the first two lessons seamless!

These principals can be applied to any texture, to make it seamless, of course.

Also of interest; I show how to manipulate a brush so that it makes a whole series of short, vertical strokes that are tapered at both top and bottom for you; all you have to do is draw a single horizontal line!

Next week, I'll show how to make it look like you've been carving the wood!


Friday, May 21, 2010

Blue Willow Tea Set in SL

I haven't had as much time to work as I'd like, the last few months. We bought a house at the end of February, and have been renovating it. (Well, mostly having it renovated. Contractors have done most of the work, but I've had to be there while they did, so time-wise it's much the same.) Currently we are moving all our stuff to the new house, one car-load at a time, so it's taking forever.

However, I've managed to get a bit of work done, here and there!

One of the things I've finished is a new tea set for Second Life®. It's the Blue Willow china pattern, which is one of the oldest and most recognizable china patterns still in production. I reinterpreted the design from an antique plate, and made cups, the teapot, sugar bowl, creamer, spoons and napkins, all nicely arranged on a tray!

This very special pattern has a legend attached to it. I've retold that, too; a copy is included with the tea set.

Like my other tea sets, you or anyone in your group can serve tea by touching the tray, or clean it up by touching it again. (It's a toggle.) If any of you touch the napkin, you can change the embroidered design. (There are 3 to choose from.)

Anyone who touches the luncheon plate gets their own plate of petit fours to hold. Anyone who touches the teapot gets their own steaming cup of tea to sip, and a saucer to hold in their left hand. (All the animations are built in, of course.)

If you touch the cup while you're drinking tea, you get a menu of tea choices ranging from Earl Gray, through Jasmine, chai, and 9 others.

The pot and plate give endless cups and servings of petit fours; so you can rest assured that all your guests will have as much tea as they care for.

Available in Blue (as shown) Black, Green and Red. (All the traditional colors.) If you want to see all the colors, or all the embroidery patterns on the napkins, please visit the Blue Willow Tea Set page on my website. L$450, transfer only (no copy, no mod.) Available from XStreet or from my Home and Garden Store on Livingtree. (If you go there, you can try out the demo!)


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

New PS Tutorial - Simple, Automatic Wood Grain!

Third in the series about creating wood grain in Photoshop without using third party plug-ins! This time, the first kind of wood grain I ever learned, ages ago. It's not for control freaks, or large areas, but if you're looking for a very easy, automatic, effective wood for small areas, you can't beat this old standby!

Next week, we'll see how to make the wood created in the last two tutorials seamless!

Until then, I have links to all the YouTube tutorials on my website now, along with some more in-depth PS tutorials, and tutorials for other programs.


Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Wood Grain with Many Colors!

It's Tuesday, so there's a new Photoshop Tutorial! This week, we're going to abuse - I mean use - the Action that we made last week, starting and stopping it to make wood grain that has many different colors in it.

If you haven't done the previous tutorial, you won't have the Action to manipulate; so you might want to do that one first.

If you have, then here you go!

Hope you enjoy it!

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

New Tutorial - Wood Grain in Photoshop!

This week starts the first of five tutorials concerning how to make woodgrain in Photoshop without using any third party plug-ins.

We're starting off with a fairly complex wood grain, suitable for large areas, that allows the user to directly manipulate it and get exactly what they like. (Which means it's not a totally automatic process; you get to mess with it yourself, but there is some drawing involved.) While we're at it, we're making the steps into an Action, so we can do all the repetitive stuff very easily for the rest of the series.

Coming up; adding more colors for more realistic wood, making this kind of wood seamless, making a simpler (and more automatic) wood grain that's suitable for small bits of wood, and finally, making the wood look like it's been carved.

I hope you enjoy it!