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1. picking the pattern
Patterns are often available in graphic programs, but if nothing suits You, pattern can be made of
practically any picture, like here some embroidery pattern.
I will be using gimp, cause it's kinda easier than sai, but if You're using ps, it should be pretty much
Ok so first thing to do is to change the “colour to alpha”. That way You will get rid of background.
My gimp is in Polish so just observe where the option is- in “Color” (=Kolor in polish- it's the
section between Layers and Tools in Gimp) and it's the last option on the list in Color section. To
make it more visible I marked it gently with “pink”.
When You click on that option You'll get the preview window. In case your background is not white
You should sample it (marked tool in the toolbox area) then copy the colour's code into the colour
sample in preview window (again marked gently with pink), that way You're sure You''l get rid of
Or not... in such case You the colour wand tool(net to wand tool, marked) and select the colour You
want to delete and then simply delete it ^^.
Now it's the time to play with colour. I wanted that part to be simply monochromatic and so it's
that's what You want either, all You have to do is click again on “Color” section and then pick the
third option. I'm not sure what's it's English name so just look on it's graphic symbol.
Then again You will get the preview window with three options to modify (from top): hue,
saturation and luminescence. Drag them till You got it the way You want. In case when You want to
change several colours use either colour wand, wand or lasso and change the colours in few turns.
3. Using the pattern
Now it's time to put the pattern on your picture (You can still change the colour is needed here, also
rescaling the patter may be useful (both options are in Layer section (in the top menu or under right
mouse click). Here You have first method of applying the pattern. On separate layer copy-pass the
patter, drag it to right place, adjust the colour and size.
When You have it in right place and You don't need all of it, simply erase the rest.
Pass the pattern again keeping only what You need. If You put it on material look how the fabric
falls and adjust the angle of the pattern (the tool in toolbox and top menu- just look for the graphic
Another smart trick- if You have a part of material that suddenly drops down, or folds erase part of
the patter on the folding line to make it more natural looking (here I used to “big” eraser, just to
make it more visible).
And here You have your finished fabric.
3.a. Or You can...
Other way of using patter is to copy it to fully cover picked areas. Mark/mask the area- in sai the
most comfortable way (at least for me) is to use select pen (and select eraser) and then copy-pass
the pattern. That way it will only stay on selected area.
Still You can modify it the same way as in the first version. You can also add the same on it or add
other modifications on separate layers if You wish
To add shade for example all You have to do is on separate layer put the shade colour and then
adjust the layer's opacity, or mode (pinked) to turn it from version 1 to version 2.
As I said sparkles, glitter, stars are mostly just brushes, there are tons of them for either photoshop
or gimp so all You have to do is find one You like and install them into your graphic program ^^