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How would you create a fabric using Affinity Photo?


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I'm trying to figure out the best way you can generate a fabric using Affinity Photo. I know you can use the noise filters to generate random static, but how would I combine this with a set pattern you would get in a fabric like cotton? I'm trying to design a retro sports kit, but I don't want a perfectly flat white background for it to sit against. I've been using Google Images to try and get a decent cotton texture, but I would rather create one from scratch.

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Hi Kiarian,

 

You can do this using a a transparent texture image either as  a overlay or as a bitmap fill, I personally like the bitmap fill as you can alter a repeat option of the bitmap image to introduce more randomness to the applied texture

 

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As for creating the texture from scratch, one way might be to take a few closeup photos of a piece of a plain white cotton cloth & create a bitmap from that.

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3 hours ago, DWright said:

Hi Kiarian,

 

You can do this using a a transparent texture image either as  a overlay or as a bitmap fill, I personally like the bitmap fill as you can alter a repeat option of the bitmap image to introduce more randomness to the applied texture

 

 

You're going to have to explain this to me as if I were a 5yr old. A transparent texture image? As in something you would get from a Google Images search, or can you create this from scratch in Affinity Photo? Photoshop has the sketch>half tone filters, with noise and blur to get a similar effect. Can I do the same thing in Affinity Photo?

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I think he means adjusting the layer opacity of the image and/or using the Overlay option to combine it with the other layer(s).

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Affinity Photo has a Gradient tool. When you select it, the Context toolbar has several options, including context (fill or stroke) & Type. One of the Type options is "Bitmap." Select that & you can specify a previously saved image file (jpg, tif, etc.). Use it on a shape, such as a rectangle that covers the canvas, & you get Extend options & control handles that allow you to fill the rectangle with a repeating pattern. Use the Mirror or Wrap extend option for this.

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34 minutes ago, R C-R said:

Affinity Photo has a Gradient tool. When you select it, the Context toolbar has several options, including context (fill or stroke) & Type. One of the Type options is "Bitmap." Select that & you can specify a previously saved image file (jpg, tif, etc.). Use it on a shape, such as a rectangle that covers the canvas, & you get Extend options & control handles that allow you to fill the rectangle with a repeating pattern. Use the Mirror or Wrap extend option for this.


I had no idea about the Bitmap option on the Gradient tool. That is very, very cool! Many thanks. 

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