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fifty
09-24-2013, 05:33 PM
OK this is my first ever mini-tut so don't be to harsh on me! ;)

So I've been doing an antique style map and wanted to do some woodcut/wave lines around my coasts, there's quite a few other tuts on this site that deal with this subject but they all seemed quite involved for a novice like myself so I had a bit of a play and came up with this method.

Oh and I'm gonna write it out in as much detail as I can so I'll try not to assume to much prior knowledge :)

step 1. Make the stripe pattern.

new document 1pixel wide by 4 pixels high.
you want to make the top pixel black and the other 3 white
then 'Edit', 'Define Pattern', and either give it a name or keep the default.


step 2. open the map your wanting to put the wiggly waves around.
I'll use this amazingly complicated example :lol: :
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P.S. If you haven't got a 'land selection' layer already then do this:
Duplicate this layer, 'select'. 'colour range' (white) fuzziness 200% and delete.
Change the fill to 0% and rename it to 'land select' or something else meaningful.
You can then ctrl click this layer later to select the land mass only in any other layer.

fifty
09-24-2013, 05:42 PM
Step 3. create a new layer with the pattern

so 'Layer', 'new fill layer', 'pattern'

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hit 'OK' and it'll come on to the pattern fill selection

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pick a scale that seems about right for how far apart you want your wave lines to be (I went for 300% here)
when you hit OK this time youll just get a screen full of stripes over the top of your map

fifty
09-24-2013, 05:51 PM
Step 4. Make the lines wiggly!

'Filter', 'Distort', 'Ripple' ...Now you will get a warning message about needing to rasterize the layer, this is ok so just let it do it.

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now you have the little 'ripple' window. play around till you've got something you like, I went for 65% & large.
and when you hit OK ...voilą screen full of wiggly wave lines

fifty
09-24-2013, 06:04 PM
Step 5. get rid of the white bits.

'Select', 'colour range' (white fuzziness 200%) and delete to leave just the black wiggly lines. Then deselect.
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Step 6. get rid of the lines over the land.

Ctrl click the land select layer and delete.
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fifty
09-24-2013, 06:16 PM
Step 7. delete lines far away from coast.

with your land still selected from above.

'Select', 'modify', 'expand' (pick a number that is about as far as you want the lines to stretch out from the coast. I used 30 px)

'Select', 'modify', 'feather' (pick a number that is about 2/3rds the number you went with above. so I used 20 px)

'Select', 'inverse' and hit delete, then deselect.

...and there you go, simple wiggly wave lines :)

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