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    Question Anyone know how to make good hand-drawn looking buildings?

    I'm making a Butch Curry style map, and want some nice buildings. I dont want just plain old lines like in Butch's vid tut, so I made my own type. But I got comments saying that the shading on them was wierd and didnt make sense (and now that I think about it i agree) I got a suggestion of using a bevel, but that makes it look too 3D-ish and not hand-drawn. I do have a drawing tablet. If anyone has some suggestions, please post! Thanks
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    Here is one in Gimp, but there should be a photoshop equivalent.

    - draw the roofs as solid coloured shapes
    - apply a bevel
    - duplicate and do an edge detect, that you invert and curve adjust (in multiply mode)
    - Gaussian blur the edge layer
    - aggressively unsharp mask the blurred layer
    - optionally perform a dilate to reduce the heaviness of the lines.

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    I tried it a bunch of times, but I can't seem to get any lines to show up at all.
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    Here's how I do it.
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    Nice. Thanks. Any idea what pattern that is in the picture?
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    Anyone else have some techniques? I'm trying to get all that I can and see which one I like best.
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    nice building styles, both of them. Maybe I'll use one or both of them for a map if I have a good idea for a city.

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    I think what I will do is use the bevel technique, and then put thin lines over the bevel spots so it looks han-drawn, but that way I still get the correct shading on everything. The only problem is I can't find a way to make a buildings like Example 1 with correct shading like those in Example 2, the bevel only makes them like Example 2.
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    Those are fairly simple. Just shade them yourself (magic wand select then fill)
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    Alternately, just make a larger building and apply the layer effect, then erase/mask the ends.

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    I suppose I could do that. I was looking for it to be automatic shading so it is exact and looks right like when you do a bevel, but it will work.
    Great, now that I've got my plan for buildings, I can continue my work. Thanks everybody!
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