View Full Version : PS: Imitation of old book drawings

03-20-2011, 03:25 PM
I've stumbled on a nice tutorial today. It's a quick way to imitate old book drawings. Quite useful if you want to make atmospheric player handouts.

EDIT: the original link is dead, download timallen's PDF version (http://www.cartographersguild.com/tutorials-how/14081-ps-imitation-old-book-drawings-3.html) instead, post #23

03-20-2011, 07:05 PM
That is well groovy. Nice techniques there.

Steel General
03-21-2011, 06:30 AM
Great find...

03-21-2011, 06:50 AM
Looks very useful!

03-21-2011, 07:30 PM
Great tutorial, thanks!!!

03-31-2011, 07:40 AM
Hello, All.

I am reposting this message after modifying how this tutorial is linked.

I sent an email to forcg administration requesting permission to put up the PDF document I created of this tutorial. To date, I have not received a reply from them.

Consequently, I have linked this tutorial directly from its source. It is now available in the Tutorials in PDF Format (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?4987-Tutorials-in-PDF-Format&p=56614#post56614) thread.

You can find the link on Page 1, in the PHOTOSHOP-RELATED TUTORIALS section of Post 2.




03-31-2011, 01:21 PM
I tried a very (very) quick test with a picture of a medieval house to see how it would turn out. Promising IMO

Took about 45 sec.


I tried with a Google map too... funny.

03-31-2011, 04:09 PM
I tried it as well, seems to work best on smallish images where the smart blur/surface blur works best at blurring the boundaries between colors so that the find edges filter doesn't produce a lot of extraneous lines.

11-13-2011, 06:24 PM
unfortunately the color burn and motion blur effect does not work anymore (which is the thing that made this look intersting). Applying color burn blending mode to the pattern overlaid layers has no effect whatsoever.

Instead you can apply what I call Ascencion's technique:

CTRL+click the original graphic for selection
apply filter noise /add noise... (Amount 400% monochromatic)
apply filter blur / motion blur

proceed with the tutorial from the original source (step 9 I thinK)

hope that helps

11-13-2011, 07:02 PM
I've just tried it again (thanks for reminding me about this tutorial!) and it works great on character portraits too.

11-14-2011, 02:09 PM
Very interesting, I'm gonna have to try it out with something in the future.

02-27-2012, 02:40 PM
link dead? or is it me?

02-27-2012, 04:24 PM
Hm, the site seems to be down at the moment. Try again tomorrow or send a me PM.

02-28-2012, 12:30 PM
well, I'll have to wait or post more messages in order to send you a pm ;)

03-03-2012, 03:08 PM
Yah somethings wrong with the whole website :(

06-26-2012, 05:00 PM
Still down.

Can some kind soul send me a copy of this How To? I'd love to try it but I have no idea where to start.

06-27-2012, 06:12 AM
If you look at post #6 in this thread, it looks like Vandy has reproduced the tutorial and posted a link to it.

06-27-2012, 09:04 AM
Website is still down, but I managed to track down an old snapshot of it. Here it is (http://web.archive.org/web/20110605014419/http://forcg.com/tutorials/drawing/how-to-create-an-old-drawings-imitation/), I hope it is useful to someone.

06-27-2012, 10:57 AM
Wow. Thanks man, that was very useful (: The tutorial is awesome, so I'm glad it's not really lost. Just in case I made some screenshots of it as well.

06-27-2012, 11:58 AM
Aha! Thanks. I got it copied now as a word doc and a pdf. Now to try it out! :)

06-30-2012, 10:33 PM
Website is still down, but I managed to track down an old snapshot of it. Here it is (http://web.archive.org/web/20110605014419/http://forcg.com/tutorials/drawing/how-to-create-an-old-drawings-imitation/), I hope it is useful to someone.

Ha! As soon as I saw people mention it was down, I immediately thought 'Archive.org to the rescuuuue~!" Thanks. :)

06-30-2012, 10:44 PM
Aha! Thanks. I got it copied now as a word doc and a pdf. Now to try it out! :)

I'm having lots of trouble printing this to a file properly or saving the web page. Could I ask that you share your .pdf, please? :)

07-05-2012, 04:19 PM
This should be it.

07-08-2012, 04:22 PM
Thanks a ton!! Everything I was doing was ending up as a folder full of pictures.

Blaidd Drwg
07-11-2012, 12:59 AM
Awesomesauce! Thanks a lot :D

02-05-2014, 01:31 PM
This no longer leads to a tutorial but to a media site. Anyone have a new link or the original material (granted cr free)?

02-05-2014, 01:42 PM
There's a new link in this thread, a couple posts above yours :)

02-06-2014, 01:54 PM
redirected the original link to this page, no confusion anymore :)