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Text Projected on a Curtain

Carpet_1In this Phtoshop tutorial we will learn how to perform several effects. We will create a theatre curtain texture, and give it a realistic feel, as close to the real thing as possible. We will "project" text on the curtain, and improve the result with a lighting finish. Creating a projection on a curtain is only one possibility of using this effect, here are a few more variations on this theme - projecting text on water, engraving a logo on a wood, and more.
Carpet_8create the new file:
file name: carpet
file size: 400x300 pixels
resolution: 300 dpi


Simulating the curtain:
WE will create the curtain simulation by using the Gradient tool, which we may find in the Tools window. We will choose a gradient of a Linear type, and open the Gradient Editing window by clicking on the bar (number 2 in the picture).

1: Gradient Tool, 2: Gradinet Editor, 3: Gradient Type


In the Editor window we will define a new gradient (My Gradient). We will set the initial color and the final color (the right and left ones) as black, and create a few gradients of different transparencies on the gradient bar, as you can see on the next picture.


Now we will move to the layers window, create a new layer by clicking on the small arrow on the upper right corner of the window and select the New Layer command. We will call the new layer "Layer 1".


In this layer we will color the page with the new gradient we have created. Select the gradient tool and drag it from the left end of the page untill a little after its' center.


Mind the next action, since we will repeat it a few times throughout this tutorial. When the gradient layer is marked, activate the command:

Edit -> Transform -> Distort

Using the distort tool you may distort the shape of the gradient you have just created by moving each of the four rectangles in the corners. Move the lower right rectangle a little to the right and press enter for confirmation. Make sure not to distort the shape too much.



Duplicate Layer 1 by activating the next command, while the layer is marked:

Layer -> Duplicate Layer

Repeat the duplication three times so that we receive four identical layers. Name these layers: Layer 2, Layer 3, Layer 4, as it appears on the next picture.

Flip Layers 3 and 4 horizontaly, by marking the layer and clicking:

Edit -> Transform -> Flip Horizontal

After flipping the layers, align them to the right side of the workspace using the Move tool

Now, repeat the distort action we made on the first layer, for each and every one of the other three layers. You can also move the layers a little to the sides in order to reach the desired look of the curtain. It should look more or less this way:


Now merge all four layers into one layer - link the four layers in the layer window and press:

Layer -> Merge Linked


You can name the combined layer "curtain gradient". Change it's Blending mode to Multiply as shown in the next picture:


Important: at this stage save the file created under the name Gradient.psp. We shall use it later on.

In the final stage of designing the curtain we shall create a new vector color layer by activating the command:

Layer -> New Fill Layer -> Solid Color

A small dialog box will appear, where you can name the layer and choose a color as you please (in this case I will choose red, befitting a Theatre curtain). confirm in order to create the layer. 


Make sure the new fill  layer it located under the curtain gradient layer, as shown in the next picture:


If you have reached a result  similar to this one, you are doing just fine.
The advantage in working this way is that you can now switch the color of the background layer from red to any color you desire, whithout affecting the curtain texture.


Wait a minute , we're not done yet. At this point we will add the curtain a velvety texture. We will choose the red fill layer and move to the effects mode by activating:

Layer -> Layer Style -> Pattern Overlay

In the dialog box that opens we will pick the texture Stucco 3, which appears as a default for Photoshop patterns. You can also choose any other texture resembling fabric. Notice the effect definitions in the next picture:


The curtain is ready


"Projecting" text on the curtain:
At this stage we will "project" text on the window we created. For this action we will use the Displace technique, which also appears in other tutorials on our website.

We will create a text layer by the name My Text, and write whatever we like in white color.  

Welcome to the Photoshop Tutorial
Projection Text on the Carpet
by: Rami Ben Ami

Make sure that the text layer is positioned above the gradient layer. After writing the desired text, you need to rasterize the layer (turning vector text into an image), by using the next command: 

Layer -> Rasterize -> Layer


At this point we will make the text appear printed or projected on the curtain. This will be done by using the Gradient.psp file we saved earlier. activate the next command:

Filter -> Distort -> Displace

In the dialog box opened, choose the following settings:


After entering the data, confirm, and on the next dialog box which appears, browse to the file Gradient.psp and confirm. Here is the result:


Now choose the text layer My Text, and give it the next definitions -
Transperancy: 50%
blending mode: Hard Light


and the result:


and now to the final stage...

Simulating a spot light
At this point I try to create an authentic feeling using the appropriate lighting. Create a new layer named My Light and when the new layer is marked, we will select a circle, using the oval selection tool.


Soften the selection borders by using:

Sellect -> Feather -> 10

Confirm in order to perform the command. Now fill the selected area with white color:

Edit -> Fill

In the dialog box which opens we will define the fill color as 100% white, as displayed here:


Confirm the action.
Choose the new layer My Light, change the blending option to screen, and the opacity to 20%. For conclusion, you can change the color of the text and the background to any color you wish.

and here is the final result...


That's all. 'Till next time, good-luck
Rami Ben Ami and staff

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