Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Photoshop Elements Fun

I recently downloaded Diane Rusin Doran's video, "Digital Surface Design: Simple Techniques for Hand-dyed Fabric Effects and More".  She has an article in the latest issue of Quilting Arts that shows the easiest technique, making designs that look like drip dyeing.


I thought that this technique was super easy. I did several using floral pictures that had the motion blur filter applied.




I watched her video twice and then spent the better part of yesterday (another snowy day) watching segments of the video and trying to replicate what she did.  These two used a cloud filter and a gradation filter. I printed these on fabric and they do look like hand dyed.









But this part was the most fun, using the "brushes"  Brushes to me is a misnomer because although you can use them as brushes, many of them are really stamps and you can do so much with them, changing bushes, colors, sizes and transparencies.  Most of these started with a blurred drip-dye background and then several layers of brushes (or stamps).

Once you have a design that you like, you can then change the color and saturation of the whole thing to get an entirely new look.  I guess that's how fabric companies get different colorways. The possibilities are endless!  I am learning this so that I can print it on fabric and therein lies the rub.  I bought a new Epson WF-7510 so that I could print on fabric bigger than 8 1/2" x 11".  I had no trouble printing on that size, but when I went to 8 1/2 x 14, it rebelled.  It crinkled the paper, folded over edges and jammed the machine.  Argh!!!  What I might have to do is send things to someone that will print your images on fabric, like Spoonflower. They can make yardage for you or print really big pictures on all kinds of fabric.

These last few that I showed are using brushes that are in the program and there are many, many.  Next I have to learn how to make custom bushes.  I'll have to watch that part of the video again (and again), but in the meantime I'll show you some more of my creations on Wordless Wednesdays, so stay tuned.

I've linked up with Off The Wall Friday again.

12 comments:

Cindy Green said...

Wow, they really look fabulous! Too bad about the larger paper. Good thing you didn't let it deter you from making some beautiful, small pieces.

Wil said...

For me the brushes was the interesting part as well. Love the results you got. As I am a dyer why would I want to create that effect with the computer?

Norma Schlager said...

I am also a dyer and probably wouldn't do much of that, but maybe if you just wanted a small piece and didn't want to haul out the dye stuff. The part I like best is using the brushes and I know I will like that part even better when I learn how to make custom brushes.

The Inside Stori said...

Fascinating...thanks for sharing!

Chris said...

They look really good. I have her video and watched it, but have not done anything yet. I think you have inspired me to get going on it.

Gwyned Trefethen said...

You have received stunning results with your faux hand dying fabric techniques.

LA Paylor said...

pretty! I think I still prefer dyeing and hand stamping to printing color and feel. You did a great job of reviewing the process!
LEeAnna
lapaylor.blogspot.com

knitnkwilt said...

So many electronic toys out there, so little time.... I do like the idea of faking the dye process (a process I have been resisting adding to my repertoire). You got some great effects.19 36

Amy Art Quilter & Fyber Cafe said...

I'm glad you got good results, I am looking forward to getting my copy of the DVD, I worry about the cost of the ink cartridges, if I wanted to print very many pages. I am having so much fun with my Gelli plate, will this be as addicting? Beautiful work, can't wait to see if you make something with your fabric.

Regina B Dunn said...

I love Photoshop. I've used it to print on sheer fabrics and sometimes also when I monoprint a fabric I love, I scan it and then print it on more fabric. I need to learn more about brushes.

Sarah said...

So many great ideas, so little time! I will watch with interest!

Maria Shell said...

Norma- Those last three are fantastic! What beautiful colors. I so want to explore this sort of thing, but I am afraid of the giant learning curve in front of me.