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Painting 3D Patterns

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♫ fast music playing ♫ Patterns, patterns, patterns. If you're interested in painting tiled patterns or you create patterns for projects then this demo is for you. It's a little known secret inside of Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended. So this is for Extended users only. This is a great capability for instantly making patterns. And of course since this is the Russell Brown Show you'll want to be placing those patterns on a dinosaur. That's right. We want to paint a pattern on a dinosaur. Whatever! You know, how many times do you paint a pattern on a dinosaur? I do, at least once a day. But, of course, my pattern that I'm going to create is more than just a pattern for dinosaurs. It's a pattern for tiling on web pages or any project you're working on. Okay, let's get started. Here I have a blank page. That's a good way to start a project. A blank page. It's a normal page. Check it out, it's just a background. Here's the secret. Don't tell anyone. (whispering) Under the 3D menu, go down to New Tiled Painting. You select it, here under the 3D menu in Adobe Photoshop SC4 Extended and nothing happens! Of course it does. It turned it into a 3D object. And when you're working on 3D objects many times you want to have tiled painting over the surface, like a spaceship. You may want to paint over the 3D spaceship with rust and tarnish over the spaceship or laser blasts that you want to have repeat over the ship. So many times you'll need 3D painting capabilities. So here I'm going to bring in a green brush notice I have my Brush tool selected I've turned it into a 3D pattern. I'm going to click once. Check it out. I click once and it instantly makes a pattern. And I can paint in this pattern. I can change my brush size and start to paint different shapes and sizes and in this case I'm going to have sort of a Dalmatian-looking dinosaur. So I'm going to go through here and paint. I can continue to paint all these different shapes and patterns, just like this. I can clone into this space. I can use different brush types. I can use airbrush. I can paste things in as well to create a pattern. But just for this project I'm just going to paint one just like this. Then, let's do a Select All Command A on the Macintosh or Control A on the PC and then from the Edit menu of course we can define the pattern. Now in the past you'd have to do all sorts of crazy things to create a tiling pattern but this tiles it automatically for you. Let's click OK. We have a tile pattern. We go to the dinosaur. Oh what better? And now we can paint on the dinosaur of course with the tiled pattern. I'm clicking my Clone Pattern, excuse me my Pattern Stamp tool here by clicking and holding on this tool in the tool panel. And then I can increase my brush size with my, in this case my closed bracket on my keyboard is another great tip and technique for increasing the size of this brush. And I need to fill this brush with the pattern that I just created. Going here to the Fly Out menu from the Options bar I can click on that pattern. You see that right there? I want it to align with the image 100%. But do you know what? I'm going to do this as a multiply. I'm going to multiply this pattern over the surface. Because remember, I painted the pattern against white and I don't want to paint with white. I want to paint with the dots. So multiply will sandwich the two together. It will make white transparent and just give me my green spots on my dinosaur. But here's another superuser tip and technique. Before you start painting under the 3D menu down here to Paint Falloff You've been wondering what this is all about, too. Under Paint Falloff, Paint Falloff determines how the paint will fall off around a 3D object. Let's say you have a sphere. And you're painting. How will the paint bend around the 3D sphere? In this case there's going to be a cut off point at forty-five degrees around the sphere. But I don't want that. Because there're so many different crevices and different areas of this dinosaur I want to adjust this. Watch this carefully. I'm adjusting my maximum angle to 90 and I'm adjusting my minimum angle to 90. So I want a full radius. I want to go all the way around to the edges of that imaginary sphere. Imagine that. It's going to go all the way around and paint around the sphere. We click OK, and now I can start to paint on my dinosaur. Check it out. There's my pattern coming in on my dinosaur as I'm painting on a 3D object here in CS4 Extended. I paint that in and of course you can use your 3D tools. In this case I'm going to use my 3D Rotate tool. I can rotate my dinosaur around. Isn't that cool or what? Get my Pattern tool and continue painting the pattern on the other side. Wow. I can do that with a spaceship, too. (speaking in high-pitched voice) But wait, just to finish this one all off notice over here in my textures in any 3D object you can double click on a texture and you can actually see the pattern that I'm painting here on the dinosaur's skin here. And you can continue to paint right here on the dinosaur's skin and of course this is the image which is being laid over the skeleton of the 3D object and if I paint on this I close this down then I save it. It saves that back onto the 3D object. So fantastic. You've just seen a simple and easy way to create tiling patterns. In fact paint them and then apply them to your web page or your 3D dinosaur because this is the Russell Brown Show. Until next time, keep on painting those patterns. ♫ fast music playing ♫

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Duration: 6 minutes and 49 seconds
Language: English
License: All rights reserved
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Posted by: adobetv on Oct 6, 2010

Join Russell Brown as he shows you how to literally paint tiled 3D patterns in this Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended tutorial.

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