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Stitching - making of

This artwork was especially fun to do. I had clear idea of what I want to achieve, and used couple of Photoshop tricks to  do that. To start, take your old jeans (new will not do :-) and scan them. Here is what I got in scanned image.

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Even though my jeans are dark-brown, scanned image is way too light. To make it darker, select layer with scanned image, duplicate it, set new layer blend mode to 'Multiply' and opacity to about 50%.

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It is  a bit darker now but not enough! Simply duplicate layer again and again, until jeans texture is dark enough. From my screenshot, you can see there are 10 copies of original layer, all with blend mode set to Multiply. Do not forget to 'Merge' layers (Ctrl-Shift-E) - we'll need this image as single layer.

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This jeans texture is our background, now find some other jeans with different color. For this new texture, repeat the same steps to make it dark enough - but a bit lighter than our very first background jeans. Copy this image to your original file, so that first jeans is one layer and this second jeans is another layer in same file.

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Now, create new layer, and with hard black brush, draw the silhouette of  an object - for me, it was a cat. Do not be very careful drawing straight lines - in fact, we are going to make them quite rough! Then, use Magic Wand tool (W key) to select the layer content.

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Now tricky part - delete layer with black silhouette (but keep selection!), make sure layer with 2nd jeans is selected, then go  to Layer menu - Layer Mark - Reveal selection. Now we have the cat made of jeans on surface of another jeans! not bad but more needs to  be done...

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Go to Layer - Layer style - Blending Options, and apply the following effects: Drop shadow (black, with size = 8px), Outer glow (black, blend mode = Multiply, size = 3), Bevel and Emboss (settings as shown on screenshot).

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Our cat still looks not too realistic, because something cut from jeans cannot have straight edges - we need to add some threads here and there. To make them, set white foreground color, select Brush tool (B), then open Brushes tool window, and from default brushes, select 4th brush from the end (it has 100px default diameter, but we need to make is about 50px).

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Now, the shape of cat is stored in layer mask, so  we need to draw with white brush inside the mask. click mask icon, to make sure you will draw mask, not actual layer.

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Then, with small, chaotic movements, draw on edges of the cat - and look! threads start to fall out of jeans!

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One more thing we need is nice shadow. Create new layer UNDER layer with cat, set its blend mode to Soft light, change color to black, and draw shadow as you like (keep layer with cat visible, it  is hidden on screenshot so that you can see the shadow I made).

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Voila! :-)

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Scan jeans button, cut it with Round Selection tool (Shift-M), and resize (Ctrl-Shift-I) so that it  is small enough.

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Then, paste to our original file, and apply the following layer effects: Drop Shadow (black), Outer glow (also black, little opacity), Color overlay (light brown, blend mode = multiply).

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Here goes the trickiest part - the threads that actually stitch! Choose the color (I chose orange), and with hard round brush, paint the threads (be careful this time! draw slowly curved lines)

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For these threads, we also need jeans texture. Open recently scanned image, make it greyscale (Ctrl-Shift-U), and apply Auto Levels (Ctrl-Shift-L).

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Then, select all, and in Edit menu, choose Define Pattern. Click OK  in opened dialog window, then you can close this image without saving. Return to our original file.

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Make sure layer with threads is selected, open its Layer style, check Pattern overlay, set pattern blend mode to Overlay, then open Pattern selection dropdown list, and choose the very last one - it  is the one that you just created!

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More layer effects for this layer: Bevel and Emboss (blend mode = overlay), Outer Glow (black, blend mode = multiply).

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Create new layer, set foreground color to black, select Soft brush, and put dotes on ends of each thread.

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Go to Layer menu - Create Clipping Mask (Ctrl-Shift-G), so that black dots are 'masked' by the layer under them.

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Shadows are very important in this image, so create new layer below the layer with threads, and put more black dots where threads are supposed to touch the jeans.

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Create another new layer, set its blend mode to Soft light, and with the same black brush, draw shadow that falls from threads.

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Ta-da! Our cat is ready! The steps to draw girl, moon and stars are exactly the same.

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Once again, pay attention to the shadows, you can use shadows here to make objects appear higher - for example, see this screenshot, where the girl holds the thread with her arm.

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One more example of using layer mask to achieve rough" look of cutten jeans. To make a star

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Then, I pasted it  to my file, and added Layer mask to  it (Layer menu - Layer mask - Hide all). Then I selected the Rough Round Bristle" brush (see screenshot) - if  I used this brush to draw inside actua LAYER - it would look like this screenshot ... "

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But when I draw with this brush inside layer MASK - I reveal or hide parts of image with black or white brush! Here is the result.

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Lastly, I scanned another piece of jeans, and used it for top and bottom. That's all! Thanks for reading!

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Comments {86}

Jwan Khalaf long ago
windows stitch please please please

COOK long ago
BUENISIMO

Mike long ago
ty vole hustě jako

Frank long ago
It's nice but easy to do!!!!!!

colaa long ago
ÑÓÏÅÐÎÂÎ!!!!!

marysiakom long ago
I absolutely adore this one - it reminds me of my auntie, who used to sew clothes for herself and had a cat once.. etc. LOVE IT!

shubek long ago
wow...

pixelzombie long ago
nice tutorial, but you could've made the hires scans available for those of us that don't have scanners...

ekrai munsyi long ago
nuhun pisan vlad!

Chelomvb long ago
Thanks for the tutorial is awesome...!!!

Ahmed Al-Shukaili long ago
Brilliant Work

Subhrajyoti Saha long ago
Vlad the way you use photoshop is simply superb. But far far more important than that is the subtle thought that your artwork evokes in the mind of its viewers. Hats off to you.

j dog long ago
i like to eat pie

MuiMui long ago
OMG that's just awesome!

st0rmy long ago
god like :-)

Sergio Magdaleno Covarrubia long ago
Hi Vlad your tutorial is simply fantastic

Nxqd3051990 long ago
Amazing site, amazing tut :) nXqd

Suraj S. long ago
What can I say.... You are a Genius, and Wizard. And you Conquered our hearts with your sense and brilliance... vectorandpixel@gmail.com

Milla long ago
Amazing Vlad! :D

Jie Wang long ago
Fabulous!! Don't know how you come up with such amazing ideas!

WELLDONE! long ago
YOU' R AWESOME!

Minkayj long ago
Yay! I was totally hoping you'd post this one... You're the best. And incredibly intelligent and creative.

lisa long ago
Fabulous Vlad! Amazing work! Inspiring!

Cann long ago
This is the best site

Rushin long ago
Excellent Job!... :)

Sergio Bonfiglio long ago
Y're on of the most talented and good taste professional I've ever seen. Go on on this way.

dominique long ago
excellent ! bravo et merci...

maiylah long ago
wow!!! amazing!! thanks so much for sharing! :)

neringa long ago
i very wanted that you enter this, thanks very much ;))) It`s one of best of yours wallpapers.

павел 19 January 2008
привет! впервые читаю твои уроки, супер! Thanks!

piko 6 April 2008
nice tutorial!!!.....it sure helped me*

Gus 9 April 2008
Thanks, I'm mouth open...

kszi 4 July 2008
wondárbáá! :D :P

yanangski 18 September 2008
dude, you rock!

forever4 20 September 2008
http://forever4.deviantart.com/art/F4-forever4-98429592 => my result. Thank you for everything :)

Jeewan 26 September 2008
Cool

lenaswan 2 October 2008
Great!

ash 25 December 2008
:)

ASMA 20 June 2009
WOW very very fantastic

Nastya 25 July 2009
Great!!))

Lavi 22 November 2009
Very nice!!!

melike 22 January 2010
cute!...

clipping path 27 February 2010
Great work. :)

Teto! 9 April 2010
You work! is nice! very verey nice!!!!!!

shree 14 July 2010
awesome

SANA 29 December 2011
BRAVO;D

Fenix 12 February 2013
that`s so cool thanks

Guy long ago
superb!!!

Tink long ago
Great tutorial. Can't wait to try it out.

Clark Fleischauer long ago
You are an outstanding artist Vlad. Keep 'em coming!!

Barney long ago
Keep it up! Super Cool!

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Âåùü!!! Ðåñïåêò è óâàæóõà! ;)

Büşra long ago
What a perfect job..Congratulations!

ANUJA long ago
SIMPLY AMAZING WORK. WILL LOVE TO LEARN MORE THE TUTORIALS

meree azten long ago
"woof...woof....nguk...nguk...woof!!" meaning : Damn u're great......bravo...bravo....

Ciwan long ago
Can someone create a stitch of a windows logo, pleaseeeeeeee I would love it if it was a dark as the Mac stitch wallpaper cause that one looks really good

monichr long ago
Wow your work is amazing!!! and thanks for share your ideas :-)

Hertzel Cohen long ago
dammm you r good, u r one of the best graphic designer I have ever seen. u control photoshop like u were born with it. I bow to u man ;-)

carolifen long ago
Wow! i really thanks for this stitching tutorial...it's simple with awesome result, can't wait to try it out =D keep the good job!! i'll wait for your next tut =)

korn-thai long ago
wOw++++Beautiful=thailand Bkk.

hamid long ago
it is usual & not great

Arunangshu long ago
Your creativity is beyond belief,you are truly gifted....

Rahul long ago
Wonderful Vlad! Great work

Paolo Zacchi long ago
Very nice!!! thanks for tutorial!!!

Cynthia long ago
This tutorial is just awesome! The shadow effects are incredible good! Thanks heaps for sharing with us. You're a Legend!

Me long ago
Can't see most images... :(

chudar long ago
amazing!!

cikLemon long ago
whoa...i was soo impressed with your works! and this tutorial is simply amazzzing!! *big applause* keep it up!

Ike Ru long ago
you just raised my ps iq like 50 pts. thx, seriously, thanks.

kaliya24 long ago
great

Melissa long ago
Vlad everything you do is absolutely amazing!!! You are extremely creative and I wish I could be just as creative. I think you ARE the most talented guy with photoshop and amazing that you even share tips. you are AMAZING and my desktop never goe son without a picture from Vladstudio :-)

kaz long ago
I'm a big photoshop fan but you Vlad, you are awesome. Really ingenious! nice work

gab long ago
beautiful!!!!!!

Jaya long ago
Simply Superb

Lore 14 March 2008
You are just great, with all this tutorials.

thomas 22 March 2008
very creative, excellent technique, thanks for the tips!

moni 25 May 2008
hello vlad, i absolutely love your work! one can see how much love you put in every single detail - and also in this entire web-site. really great! your tutorials are amazing, too, and especially this one puts a smile on my face. :-) thank you! moni

Biank 25 November 2008
Hey esta genial esta pagina! me gusto mucho!!! :)

sandip deshmukh 10 June 2009
Verry nice

21 July 2009
good

Алексей 12 November 2009
Спасибо! Очень качественно выполнено!

ALAOUI_O 7 December 2009
that.....is...... amazing!

estongikz 29 January 2010
coool

yogesh 25 March 2010
Simply Awesome.. http://www.vladstudio.com/photoshoptutorials/tutorial.php?stitching_making_of#add_comment_box

22 November 2010
wow

Sylvia 24 July 2012
Very artistic ...u take care of all Details ......Thank you sooo much for the Tutorial

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