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Water and Ice

Pond Ripples

2004-11-22 07:52:26 PM BrianO'Blivion [TotalFark]

BoB's ripples
Do this to create pond ripples on a planar surface with no perspective depth:

  1. Select the area you want to put the ripples in using the elliptical marquee tool.
  2. Feather the edges of your selection. About 10 px on a 640 x 480 72dpi image is about right.
  3. Filter > Distort > Zig-zag > Pond Ripples

For surfaces like the thing in Contest 1226262 this is not going to work properly because of perspective foreshortening. In this case, do this:

  1. Select the area where the ripples go using the elliptical marquee tool, as before.
  2. Edit > copy
  3. Select > deselect
  4. Edit > paste
  5. Filter > distort > zigzag > pond ripples
  6. Edit > transform > perspective
    Adjust the perspective to suit your image. Scale up a bit too, if necessary. When you're done, reposition the ripples layer back where you copied it from.

There may be aftermarket filters PS that can do a better job than the (rather inaccurately named) PS zigzag filter. The ripple filter in After Effects is better, for example.

Making Things Look Wet

2004-07-12 02:30:00 PM mumbling2myself [TotalFark]
Try this: take a copy of the whole picture, and do a polar coordinates filter on it. Then up the saturation a bunch, shrink it down to bubble-size, and overlay it. Should look passable as a reflection, and have similar colors as the rest of the objects.

Encased in Ice

2004-10-15 09:13:29 AM Kambodia

Kambodia's ice

Actually, I used the Chrome filter. I basically made a rough outline of the individuals, allowing for a jagged layer of "ice" around them. I made two chrome masks and superimposed them on the O. Then I reduced the opaqueness of both layers so that I can see the figures "inside" the ice. Then I played around with the contrast/brightness to turn the silvery chrome into a silvery white ice color. Then I used a soft erase tool on one of the layers, specifically on the areas closest to the ice surface, to give it a 3D look, and make them look like they are encased in ice. Finally I used very soft lens flares to simulate the sun glistening off the ice.

Stained Glass

How to turn Xtina Aguilera into stained glass:

  1. Cut out xtina using pen tool.
  2. Place her over stained glass b.g.
  3. On xtina layer, select>all>use move tool to make selection around her.
  4. Using lasso, right click to convert to work path, stroke worth path 3 px.
  5. Now comes the solder on the inside. i made a white layer behind xtina so i could see the solder better.
  6. Using pen tool, just start laying anchor points to make lines across the body, using horizontal solder lines matching the stained glass window as a guide. just break her up into chunks of black lines.
  7. Duplicate original xtina layer, set to hard light and increase brightness.
  8. I also added an additional layer between the colored xtina and the solder lines that i used a black brush on overlay to vary the color of the xtina squares to make it look more like glass.

Now this was lucky because the background stained glass was detailed enough not to have to do a whole to do alot to xtina. but if it wasnt' detailed, you would just do the same thing only make big blocks of solid color to fill in the black solder.

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