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Old 05-10-2008, 12:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Texture ? Upholstery Tufting - Photoshop

I need to make some upholstery textures and I am really stymied about how to get that indented "bunched/tufted" look around the upholstery button. Please see the attached photo to get an idea I what FX I need to end with in an upholstery texture. Any Photoshop help would be appreciated.

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Old 05-10-2008, 01:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The only items that I have seen with this look done well are photo sourced.

The other option would be to use a sculptie and bake the look in, but I think photosourcing would be your best option.
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It's not entirely impossible to do all in Photoshop, but certainly time consuming and requires a basic knowledge of how to render volumes by hand.

Normally I would probably just make a sculptie and get a bake of the lighting to work from, but if I only had Photoshop or didn't know how to do that, here's how I would go about doing it with just PS:

- Find a cushion with strong lighting on it for reference (photo or real thing, but real thing is better)
- Start out with a mid-tone background and rough in where you want your indentations to be with a darker tone on a seperate layer. I find using a neutral texture brush at 40-50% opacity most useful. For the purposes of the demo i'm attaching here, I used a Nagel Paper 2 brush from his 31st series of brushes.
- Consider your light source and block it in lightly with a lower opacity brush (around 15-20%)
- Add low opacity reflections around the edges using either a soft or hard edged brush depending on the sort of material you're trying to portray. Cloth will probably need a low opacity soft brush, while leather will probably need a hard edged brush instead.
- Pay attention to pinching in the fabric and how it affects how it flows around your volume, sometimes creating folds.

It takes a bit of practice and is really dependant on just how much volume you'd like, as well as the type of material... but it can be done.

The below pic was done in about 10 mins by hand using CS3, Nagel series 31 brushes and a little reference.
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Thank you for the help. You have given me a direction to fumbling around with. I'll let you know how it comes out.
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I have made a quick mock up.

If you think I could help let me know and I will put more time into it, as like I say, it's a rough proof of concept, just to test a few things, the buttons are all out and the tiling is off, but if you think it's a direction you could like, I will invest more time into it
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over on Filter Forge they have a photoshop plug in that will make them for you. some examples:

Cell Leather(Texture)

Lounge Lizards(Texture)

Quilt(Texture)

the program has a free 30 day trial, might check that out if you do lots of texturing. i don't know what their rules are for just using the pictures themselves, though they do state its a "free online repository".
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Thanks for the tip on Filter Forge. I am messing around with the 30 day trial version. I looks like this plug-in rocks. Let you know.
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Briana, the light red (pink) texture is close to what I am looking to do, the irregularness. Do you know what technique was used to obtain it?
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Thank You all for Your Advise

I've made some real headway with the tufting issue. I haven't quite been able to get the full full FX yet that I was looking for. If anyone can explain the "BAKING" thing, it would be helpful

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