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Okay this may sound really strange and confusing but I'm not sure how to explain this so here goes.

I would really, REALLY, love it if someone could tell me how to get this effect:(not the coloring, the texture)

both made by omfg_its_tiffy

Now before someone says I'm not supposed to post this here, this is were I need the help:
I have the textures, but everytime I paste them in it goes over the image. Meaning you see the whole thing & I've tried to get it to go behind, I've switched layers around but it always looks weird. So I'm wondering is it just a copy & paste thing or something else?


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Aug. 17th, 2007 11:39 pm (UTC)
You can use the magic wand tool to erase the background, or you can do it with the eraser, alternatively, you can use Blending modes :) or simply cut out the subject of the image (magic wand tool or the eraser) and put it over the texture.
Aug. 17th, 2007 11:41 pm (UTC)
are the textures saved onto your computer? because textures like those are normally saved in png format, which allows the background to become "invisible". So don't copy and past. Just right click and then save as onto your computer. Then using photoshop or psp or whatever you have open the texture and drag it onto your icon. That should work. But only if the creator had saved it in png. If not, sorry im not sure.
Aug. 17th, 2007 11:48 pm (UTC)
Now before someone says I'm not supposed to post this here

If someone in this community told you your post didn't belong here, they would be wrong. Your question is perfectly legitimate in this community.
Aug. 17th, 2007 11:49 pm (UTC)
If the only problem is that they go over parts that you don't want them, I'd say a quick mask or erasure would work well. ^_^
Aug. 18th, 2007 12:01 am (UTC)
The textures you want to use are incredibly easy to duplicate from scratch, and you could make the effect directly on the icon you're building. My instructions will be for Photoshop.

Let's say you're working on an icon of a photo of someone, just like the samples you've posted. Make a new layer on top of all the other layers. Go to the Tool palette and select the Line tool, which is in with the other shape tools just below the Text tool. Set the Line tool to Fill Pixels by pressing the appropriate button on the tool bar just under the menu bar. Set weight to 1 pixel, mode to Normal, Opacity to 100% and check anti-aliasing. (Most of those settings should be default so you may not have to change them, but it's good to check.)

Pick a foreground color you want from the color picker and draw a line. Pick another color and draw another line. Draw several lines with orientations that roughly mimic the effect of the textures you're using as guides.

Once you've drawn the lines you want you should have several lines which cross over the top of your edited photo of your subject. Simply erase the portions of the lines that run over the top of your subject, leaving the rest of the lines. It will now look like the lines run behind the person. If you know how to use layer masks you can do that instead of using the Eraser.
Aug. 18th, 2007 12:23 am (UTC)
Oh really? I didn't know that ^^;
Thank you!
Aug. 18th, 2007 12:36 am (UTC)
I love the textures. Where did you find them, if you don't mind me asking?
Aug. 18th, 2007 04:23 am (UTC)
If you're interested, I posted them over here.
Aug. 18th, 2007 04:23 am (UTC)
thank you!
Aug. 18th, 2007 04:12 am (UTC)
pale_septembre @ petit_pixel has textures like those.
Aug. 18th, 2007 04:22 am (UTC)
Well, yeah, I saved them as .png, so they're transparent and you can use them as a background if you want.

Usually I just erase it manually though; I just zoom into the icon around 300/400% and erase it with the eraser though.
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