View Full Version : Realistic Linens!

09-15-2005, 01:08 AM
How do you get the realistic looking linen textures? I think it has something to do with layering but I am trying to get the white hole-like appearance instead of just the lines with shadows.

09-15-2005, 11:42 AM
If what you mean is like what I have in my Fleurs D' Automne kit, then here is how you do it.

You need a scan or high resolution picture of linen, or a grid like fabric. I use adobe ps, so I hope this applies to you.

Desaturate the linen, and play with the contrast to make it show up more. I place the linen on top of my paper. Then I go to select > color range. I click on a dark section of the linen. You will see a preview box of what is selected. Play with the slider to see how much linen you want. Then click ok. You'll now have marching ants on your linen. While the ants are marching select the layer below...this would be your paper. Now press ctrl X (cut). Delete the linen on top. Now you paper has holes in it. Make a new bottom layer and fill with whatever color you want to show through.

I hope that makes sense. :teeth_smi


09-15-2005, 04:05 PM
YAY Sara! I'm sure you know by now that Fleurs d'Autumne is one of my all time FAVE kits and I always wondered how you did that effect. THANK YOU for sharing. I wanta try it now. heehee

09-15-2005, 04:43 PM
Sara ... are you sure you aren't Mr. Retro in disguise.... I would have thought you "machine washed" those. Now I am going to run out and buy some linen fabric. Thanks for all the excellent tutorials!! I can't wait to try it.

09-15-2005, 05:49 PM
[QUOTE=KristyAnn]Sara ... are you sure you aren't Mr. Retro in disguise.... I would have thought you "machine washed" those. QUOTE]

Kristy, It's funny that you say that. I was doing that before I got Mr. Retro, and when I finally got Mr. Retro I laughed b/c it's very similar to how I do things.

Glad it made sense to you ladies!


09-15-2005, 11:08 PM
Thank you so much Sara. It so happens I have some high resolution linen on my comp so I am going to give it a try. I will let you know how it turns out.

09-15-2005, 11:49 PM
It think it worked great! What do you think? Thanx so much!!

09-16-2005, 03:16 AM
WOW Paula! AWEOSME.. not I have to try this for sure!

What is Mr. Retro? :embaresse

09-16-2005, 04:10 AM
I think I might try using the water paper filter before I do the linen effect to give a bleeding look.

09-16-2005, 11:19 AM
how cool! i LOVE that look! it's awesome!

09-16-2005, 12:06 PM
That looks great!! Mr. Retro is a filter for adobe ps. It's nice, but I prefer to distress by hand.


09-16-2005, 01:43 PM
It think it worked great! What do you think? Thanx so much!!

Looks great Paula! Now I need to figure out how to do that in PSE3...:thinking:

09-20-2005, 09:26 AM
Thank you Sara - this is fantastic. I have been wondering how people do this for a while - I thought it might involve scanning some real linen, but I dont have a scanner so I never tried it.

Paula - your paper is lovely.

09-20-2005, 09:29 AM
does it matter what color linen you scan?

09-20-2005, 11:17 AM
It doesnt matter what color the linen is. Just desaturate it and adjust the contrast so it wont affect the color of the paper, and it makes it easier to select color range.


09-21-2005, 10:42 PM
WOW...what a FAB tip!!! I need to try this now! Maybe you should submit this tip to CK (if it hasn't already been in the mag before).

10-04-2005, 04:17 PM
Absolutely love the tip but how do you do select/color in PSE?

10-04-2005, 06:01 PM
Sara thank you so much for sharing your secret!!

Paula that paper is amazing looking!!!! Love it love it!!

10-04-2005, 08:25 PM
What a great tip...! I've always wondered how to add texture to my backgrounds. I always figured it was a brush or something. I followed the tip and it turned out amazing!! Thanks Sara!!!