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What were going to do today is to create a netted fabric. The kind of thing you would find like, say, like in a wedding veil. Now, there's going to be quite a few steps involved here. And always remember that any one of these steps, taken individually with a site modification, can be the solution to some problem you might be currently faced with. So, let's go in here and start to create this material. Now, the first thing we're going to need is a pattern. That's going to be the actual net. So, let's get in real close. I'm going to get in real close here, and I'm going to create a layer.
I'm going to create a layer, turn off the background. And get real close. I want to get so close, that I'm going to start to see that little cross hatch of the little actual pixels. So, what I'm going to do is, I'm going to select, right through here, a single pixel row. And I'm going to go ahead and fill that with a white, right there. Fill that with white. And I'm going to create a single pixel right across and fill that with white. And right here, right there we see the beginnings of the material for the netting of our, our material. So, what I'm going to do, is I'm going to select this.
And I want the, the little spaces to be say, four of those little pixels across. So, getting two on each side are going to give me the four there, right there. There, we can see this getting real close. We can see this. There, we can see how I've set, selected this. So, I have two on the top and bottom, which get carried over and step and repeat it to create the overall pattern. So, I'm gotta go here and say, Define Pattern. And we'll call it veil. There we go. All right? Let's pull back and now what I'm going to do is turn on my background again.
And what I'm going to do is then I'll create a brush. Now the purpose of this brush is, is going to be the embroidered pattern on top of our little veil. So, with black, I'm going to take a paintbrush. It's a little large right now. I'm going to make it a hard-edge. And make it much smaller. Let's make it really tiny, like this. And I'm going to go in here, and just draw a little shape, like this. Maybe not so pronounced. Let's, make it a little thinner. And, about like that. That looks good. So, I'm going to select that. And turn that into a brush preset.
And we'll call it, stitch. Okay, so now, I can select all and hit Delete to get rid of all those little things I did in that particular layer. So now, let's pull back and let's go here so we see the whole screen and I'm going to deselect. Now I'm going to start to create the actual shapes that are going to be the veil. So, just pull back just a little. And I got a path, I'm going to create my path, so right here, with my Pen tool. I'm going to create this little shape down here, I'm going to start outside of my canvas area.
I'm going to create this little shape that kind of goes like this and then it goes up here like this and then it goes down and up. See, I'm just kind of clicking and dragging. Right in the same areas. And then it ends outside again. Right there, like that. And I bring it all the way out. And surround the entire image like that. That's good. And I'm going to give it a name, so we'll just call this Fabric. Alright, it's going to have this nice little curvature towards the bottom. That's going to look good. All right. So now, right in here in the middle I'm going to want something else.
I'm going to want, say a flower. So, I have a rose here, photograph of a rose that I took. So, using the Pen tool what I'm going to do is I'm going to take certain petals and just very loosely surround those petals, just so I can start to get a shape that I want of those particular petals. Just like that. Right. I'm going to hit the Cmd key, just to give me the pointer so I can get off of that path and start another one right in here. So, I can just go in here and start to follow this particular shape. Now, when I'm done, you can see that I have one already where I've gone through all those steps and surrounded certain ones that I want.
So, what I'm going to do is I'm doing to go in here and with my Path Selection tool I'm going to select all those. And I'm going to go ahead and copy them, and go back to my embroidered veil. And right here, right in here, I'm going to say Paste. Now, it's a little large, so what I'm going to do is I'm going to shrink it down. Hit Cmd+T, to bring me to my Transform tools, and I'm just going to shrink it down. About like that, that looks good. Click OK. Apply it. And bring it up, let's bring it up just a little bit. Let's take those, and bring them up just a little bit like that.
And what I'm going to do is take this guy, and holding down my Option key to copy, I'm going to make a duplicate of it straight up like that. There we go, so now we're starting to get this nice little shape happening here. So, now we got all the basics, there we go. We have the beginnings of our nice little embroidered fabric. So now, we can turn off the paths for now. And let's go to our layers. And here's that layer where we're going to create this. In the background, I'm going to go ahead and invert the background. Cmd+I. And make it black. Or, perhaps we want something a little softer, so let's do that.
Let's get a nice soft blue. We'll get a, a deep blue like this for the foreground, for the background, we'll get a lighter version of that same blue, like that. And we'll throw a little gradient in there, a little sort of a circular gradient from here, from up here, down to about there, so we get this nice little tone like that. That's going to be the background. And then here, let's go ahead and call this veil, or call it the veil. And I'm going to go ahead and fill that, so we'll say Fill, and we're going to use the pattern we created.
Pattern, and it will appear right here at the end. There it is, right there. Click OK and there it filled it with that pattern. Get in real close and we can see that we have all this nice little netting in there. So, there's our pattern. Alright, so now, let's start giving this the look that we want. So. I'm going to go in here. And let's go see our paths. Here's our paths. I'm going to select this, I'm going to select this outer path right here. Select that outer path right there and turn it into a selection. Go back to my layers and in that veil I'm going to say, give it a mask.
So, there you can see now it's taking on the shape that we want. There we go. So now, on top of this, what we're going to do is we're going to create the new embroidery. So, we're going to go up here and say, let's say embroidery. Alright, I get my paint brush and I choose that last brush. There it is. I selected that brush, here's the brush I created. So, now we can go in there and play with it a little bit. Bring it down in size. Smaller like that and we're going to our Brushes panel here and I'll do a few things to it.
First thing I'm going to do is give it a little more spacing and increase the spacing a little bit. There we go, about like that, gives me a nice little bit of spacing in there. And in shape dynamics you can see we have some settings already. I have a little bit of a size jitter, just a little bit. Here's left size jitter, in fact, let's bring everything down to zero, okay. There's the default. So, what I'm going to do is, I'm going to just give it a little size jitter. Just so I have a little variation in size. Just a little bit more. A little bit of an angle. Just a touch, I don't want to go all over the place. I just want to, just a little touch so it starts to have a little bit of a movement to it.
And then I set the control here to direction so it's going to follow my strokes. Now that I have that, that's all I need. I click OK. Make it, it, just go away and there. This is going to be a nice size. It's going to give me that kind of an effect that you see right there. So, what I am going to do now, is I am going to back to my paths and here is my paths, I got all the paths, there's the paths I created. So, I am going to take that brush. I have the size. I have the color. I am going to say, stroke it. It's going to go in there and stroke all those little paths, just like that, giving me this nice little embroidered effect.
There, that's starting to get there. Okay, so now, what I'm going to do next, is I'm going to go in here and start to give this a little more life. So, what I'm going to do is, I'm going to come and, let's look at our layers again,. And at this point, I'm going to go in and we'll just take away this mask. Take away the mask, we don't' need it anymore. And we'll say Yes Apply it. Okay, and I'm going to merge this guy down, merge it down to the one below. Merge down, there we go. So, now, the next thing I'm going to do is I'm going to start to bend this a little bit.
So, what I want to do is I want to go in here and give this a nice flow to it. So, it starts to look like it's not just laying flat on the surface, it's got a nice little flow to it. So, in a new layer, right on top here, I'm going to call this layer the map, or tones, how's that? That'll work. And I'm going to fill that layer with a 50% gray. That's a neutral density which will have no effect on what I'm going to do next. And then, with my paintbrush, and I'll choose a nice soft edge brush, right here.
Okay? And we'll make it really large. I'm going to throw some white right across here like this. Maybe make it a little bigger towards the bottom, and a bigger one right through here. And another one right through there, and then with black we'll throw a little black in here and a little black right in here. Now, I'm going to blur this, I want these guys to be really soft so I'm going to give a little Gaussian blur just to soften them a little more. Like that. There we go. Now, this has to be a totally separate file. So, what I'm going to do, is I'm going to do a Select All, and I'm going to Copy it.
And I'm going to go to New, which is going to reflect what's in the clipboard, and Paste. Then, I'm going to Save. I'm going to save it, and we just call it map. I'm going to put it right on my desktop. Okay. Back with, this one we could throw away. We don't need to see it. We don't have to have it open, and back to where we are. We're going to deselect, take this tone. I see that tone. And what we're going to do to this tone is give it that same mask. So, I'm going to go in here. Select this guy right there. Say, make it a selection.
Alright, and, go back. I got my layer. There it is. Make sure I'm in right layer. Say, give it a mask. So there, now it's masked inside of there. Okay, that's looking really good. So now, I can throw in a mask and I say apply it. What I'm going to do with that little tone right there is I'm going to go in and I'm going to mess around with it in a few minutes. But not quiet yet. So, let's turn it off for now. Let's grab our veil. And I'm going to go in and say, and go right in here and go in and say, Distort>Displace.
Now, it's got the default of 10 and 10, might raise it up a little bit, make it about 12 and 12. Click OK, and there's my map. I say Open. And there you can see how it's twisted everything. It's given everything a nice little twist to it, right? So now, I turn this on. I put this in Multiply mode. And Multiply's going to give me these nice little shadows. You see? Just like those. I gotta bring them down just a little bit. There we go. And then I'm going to duplicate it, make a second one. And this one I'm going to put in screen mode.
Screen mode and bring down it's opacity just a little, since I have some highlights here and there where I want them. Now, for the dark one, I'm going to go ahead and erase down here. I don't want some of this stuff to show down here. So, I'm just going to go ahead and erase in some of these areas, right here, where I don't want any. There we go. Alright. In fact, we can kind of, erase a lot of these tones, right up into this area as well, there we go, just to get all this nice white tones to show through. There we go.
And maybe we could just bring this down just a little. And I'm going to bring down the opacity just a little bit. Just a, and I'm getting a little twist here. Let's turn that off. Okay, there we go. So, we were just going to go in there and just kind of erase in certain areas where we don't want it to be complete. Bring this down to about 10% just to lighten up certain areas. You don't want the embroidery to get completely hidden in there. So, I'm just lightning up just certain parts so the embroidery doesn't get affected. There we go. Alright, so now that we have that, we can go ahead and turn off our background and say Merge Physical.
In fact, before we do that, backtrack. Alright, so what we're going to do now is we're going to take that veil. There's the veil itself. And we're going to give it a drop shadow. Double-click on it and say, give it a drop shadow. There's my drop shadow. We'll click Okay. Alright, there it is. So, now, now what I am going to do is I am going to take all three of these layers, all three of them, and I am going to go in and in my transforms, what I am going to do is, I'm going to start to hold down my Cmd key so I can kind of distort things separately, and I am going to start to twist this around a little bit.
Just to give it a little more of a movement to it. About like this. There we go. Now, we start to get this nice, kind of a, an effect like that. Click OK. So, it is my drop shadow. So, what I am going to do is I am going to take that drop shadow out of there. So, I'll come over here and say, Layer> Layer Style>Create layer. So, I have my little drop shadow. There's my drop shadow, so I'm going to effect my drop shadow a little differently. I'm going to take that drop shadow and I'm going to kind of start to bend it a little but.
So, what I'm going to do is, I'm going to select this little area right here. This little area. Now, you notice I'm selecting a block like that. This is what I want to man, manipulate, the middle part, so I select it so that that middle part is exposed. And that area is kind of raised from the surface, or maybe this area is raised from the surface. But we're going to make that one raised, so I'm going to go in there and say Distort>Warp. And I grab just that corner and we'll drag that out, see, that way it stays nice and clean along the top.
Make that happen and then we're going to take this little area right here, and maybe this, this, yeah, I'll take this whole area right here. And we'll say the same thing. We'll go in there and say Warp. And we'll drag the corner out just like that. And there we can see that now we have these nice little shadows underneath there that are kind of conforming to the thing. Now, if I want to, I might want to go in there and just do a little warp right here in the middle. Bring it in. So, it's a little behind there, just like so.
And there you can see that we have this nice, veiled, netting kind of a thing, with an embroidery of a rose and a couple of little trims along the bottom. And it's just a question of going in there and playing around with different parts of Photoshop. To give you the sense of movement in the fabric, to give you the sense of the fabric and what it's made of. It's all easy once you understand what Photoshop can do.
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