Can you give me tips on wrap­ping tex­tures around an ob­ject in Pho­to­shop?

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Brian Stevens, Eng­land

Bram replies

Paint­ing tex­tures on three­d­i­men­sional ob­jects can be tricky, be­cause you can eas­ily be­come con­fused by the de­tails of the tex­ture that wraps around the shape you’re try­ing to paint. Clothes are a good ex­am­ple of this. Not only do you need to fo­cus on the creases and folds of the cloth you’re paint­ing, but you also have to keep in mind how the pat­tern or tex­ture wraps around it. I al­ways try to keep the two sep­a­rated, by paint­ing plain cloth­ing first and then adding the tex­ture I want on top.

Warp and Liquify in Pho­to­shop are in­cred­i­bly pow­er­ful tools to help you do this and will speed up your work­flow a lot. While Warp can help you to po­si­tion the tex­ture just right, Liquify en­ables you to go in and lit­er­ally push the pix­els of your tex­ture around so they fol­low the shape un­der­neath bet­ter.

This tech­nique can be used with al­most ev­ery ma­te­rial you can imag­ine, and will help you im­ple­ment tex­tures in a much more re­al­is­tic and be­liev­able way. Let’s have a look at how to do it.

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