A "Generate Pattern" technique

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A "Generate Pattern" technique

Post by photoken » Tue 15 Apr 2014 09:36

PL's Generate Pattern effect creates a bland, boring pattern. Most of the time this is exactly what's needed for a background; but when you want something bolder, a simple technique can yield spectacular results -- isolate the important part of the image before creating the pattern.

Here's what I mean (images are at 50%).
Given this original image:
Katie Holmes 01.jpg
  • Create a Lasso around the important part of the image. I used the Quick Selection tool and Mask Brush:
    Katie Holmes 01 mask.jpg
  • Use Tool...Lasso...Convert Selection to Layer to place that part of the image on its own layer at the top of the stack.
  • Activate the bottom (original image) layer, and apply the Effects...Special Tools...Generate Pattern.
  • Add a Curves adjustment layer above that patterned layer and darken it. I used the Lab colour model to reduce the Lightness without affecting the colours:
    Katie Holmes 01 result.jpg
  • Use Edit...Merged Copy to copy the result to the Clipboard.
  • Open the Pattern list and paste the Clipboard contents in as a new pattern.
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Ken
Yes, I think it can be eeeeeasily done....
Just take everything out on Highway 61.

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A "Generate Pattern" technique (continued)

Post by photoken » Tue 15 Apr 2014 09:39

...continued

The layers of the patterned image look like this:
Katie Holmes 01 layers.png
And when used as the background in an A4 document, the effect is eye-catching:
Katie Holmes document 01.jpg
Enjoy!
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Ken
Yes, I think it can be eeeeeasily done....
Just take everything out on Highway 61.