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Attention Photoshoppers: Help request
« on: February 04, 2008, 09:57:46 PM »
I've been trying to get a background image for TWG that looks like old worn paper and haven't ever gotten anything that I like, the current background was made by using clouds and the smudge tool.  What I've been trying to make recently is something like in the last panel of this comic: http://www.robandelliot.cycomics.com/archive.php?id=280 and haven't been able to do so.

I know there are a bunch of people here that know much more then I about this stuff and so if anyone can give some pointers so I can do it (or just make it yourself) that would be much appreciated.  I need to be able to have somethign that can be tiled well and looks old, that's about the only requirements.
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Re: Attention Photoshoppers: Help request
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2008, 11:15:07 PM »
?

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Re: Attention Photoshoppers: Help request
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2008, 12:01:26 AM »
Humm, I worry that it's too intense because of the range of the brightness to darkness.  There's only 2 of the bright spots but any text near them is very hard to read.
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Re: Attention Photoshoppers: Help request
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2008, 12:14:04 AM »
1. Get some watercolor paper, make some herbal tea, brush the herbal tea on the paper and let dry.
2. scan tea-brushed paper.
3. Adjust color hua and value in photoshop.
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Re: Attention Photoshoppers: Help request
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2008, 12:20:00 AM »
that's an intresting idea, I could swipe some from work tomorrow.

Skar's doesn't look too bad (not sure what font I want to use), though 42's idea might work out really well.




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Re: Attention Photoshoppers: Help request
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2008, 04:46:19 AM »
Actually, I've done stuff like that before, scanned fabric or patterned paper, tweaked it, and used it as backgrounds. It works well, esp for me since I'm not artistically inclined.
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Re: Attention Photoshoppers: Help request
« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2008, 07:33:13 AM »
here's a quick sample I worked up
http://white-tean.deviantart.com/art/Texture-sample-76531719
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Um, if you want to use this you can ask me to change things and whatever, it takes no time really. Uh, just stuck in a quick bit of type, haven't put any effort into that but the texture looked sad and lonely without it.
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Re: Attention Photoshoppers: Help request
« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2008, 04:30:35 PM »
Oh....wow. That looks really cool, White!
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Re: Attention Photoshoppers: Help request
« Reply #8 on: February 05, 2008, 05:22:29 PM »
Very nice White.  How'd you do it?
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Re: Attention Photoshoppers: Help request
« Reply #9 on: February 05, 2008, 05:31:32 PM »
Thanks!

Fished out a couple very old books from the bookshelve scanned in both of their blank back pages (having achieved a nice, well aged vintage) as well as scanning in a dyed fabric sample that was all texture-y and rusty.

All the layers at full percentages, with aged paper, with fabric texture (that had been filtered a bit to mellow it out some more) above that set to "soft light" and the other lighter aged paper scan above that set to "darknen" then just a little bit of a colour balance.

Using multiple textures sort of creates a more balanced overall texture some time, they seem to average out eachother to a degree as well as adding a bit more complexity.

But yeah, if you have any oooooooooooooooooolllld books (from like your grandparents or whatever) chances are the blank pages at the back will have aged quite stylishly - plus they often had more interesting paper textures to begin with.
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Re: Attention Photoshoppers: Help request
« Reply #10 on: February 05, 2008, 06:24:52 PM »
Cool. 

I myself didn't scan anything in because I wanted the pic to repeat well and I didn't have a lot of time to spend on it.  I took Spriggan's original background image, applied a water color filter to give it some texture, gaussian blurred it a bit,  added a bit of noise, lowered the contrast settings, made it about 60% transparent with a white background, and applied the sharpening filter a few times.

In case anybody was interested...
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Re: Attention Photoshoppers: Help request
« Reply #11 on: February 05, 2008, 06:49:12 PM »
I would love to use that if I could White, thank you.

If I could get that sans-font it would be great.  You can just post that here or e-mail it to me via the address in my profile.
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Re: Attention Photoshoppers: Help request
« Reply #12 on: February 06, 2008, 08:33:54 AM »
Alright, have emailed it texture & font to your address, if you have any problems just let me know!  ;D
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Re: Attention Photoshoppers: Help request
« Reply #13 on: February 06, 2008, 12:12:53 PM »
Didn't know if you were still looking but here you go:

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Re: Attention Photoshoppers: Help request
« Reply #14 on: February 07, 2008, 08:13:50 AM »
So ya, I'm liking this texture White so graciously provided but I need to work on the tiling some.  It's almost the exact width I wanted so I really don't want to cube it if I don't have too but I need to work at getting the bottom to look like the top and shrink the filesize down a bit without loosing any more detail (it's 33k, would like to half that).  I need to redo the footers and the login/news box backgrounds too once I get the main background where I want it.

I do appreciate the tiles from Skar and Daarian but I think I'm going to try and make this one work.
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