In all seriousness, though, I'm so happy to have been asked to contribute. Really a great experience and I've been thrilled to see how many people love this issue.
One thing, though, that I'd like to correct. On page 35 I am quoted as saying that I created my Little Rock dress study in Photoshop "with a variety of digital painting methods." Yup, that's what I said. And you know what? I think I can do better than that! So today, we're going to take a look at how I made that dress.
First, I start with a super rough sketch. I made this quickly, with no reference, so don't judge me too harshly!
Once your lines are drawn, use the Magic Wand tool to select OUTSIDE of the lines. You need to make sure that your lines are closed or this won't work. If you find any gaps, fix them and select again. Once the outside is selected, go to Select>Select Inverse. This will select the interior. While your selection is still active, go back to Select>Modify>Contract and make it 1px. This will prevent either blank pixels inside the fill or bleeding over the lines. It isn't strictly necessary, but it keeps my art a little cleaner, so I do it.
Create a new file in a square format. Mine is 900 pixels square. I find using a square format is the easiest way to create a seamless pattern but it certainly doesn't have to be a square.
You can apply your pattern a few different ways. I'm going to apply mine as a clipping mask. Photoshop doesn't allow for multiple pattern fills in the Layer Effects menu, and, ultimately, I want to add a pattern (glitter) to this squiggle pattern. Using a clipping mask is a pretty good way to do this.
Now here's the fun part!
I'll use the Layer Effects menu to make this all glittery. With the clipped pattern layer selected, click on the little FX button in the Layer panel. Select Pattern Overlay. If you don't see all of the other layer options, just click on the FX button and select show all.
free glitter patterns here and paid patterns here. (Just as an aside: I do NOT get paid to recommend products or anything. I'm suggesting these because I use them myself & I'm happy to share them.)
On Monday I'll have another Sarah set ready to go so look for that. Any questions about this tutorial, feel free to let me know!