Zero to pleb and to one day in the far future... Hero!
P.S. I would have gone straight to DeviantArt with these, but I'm having trouble of thinking of a pen name. I want to create a pen name out of people that have been influential to me kind of like Frank Ocean and Marilyn Manson. Although I think Marilyn Manson choose those names arbitrarily. Anywho, back to my dooddles!
I call this one "Two heads are better than one, sometimes..."
Okay should be fixed now. Thanks for the heads up.
The goal was to turn this photo of my office chair into my own custom texture
Its hard to tell with the covers of paint, but once I figured out how to extract lines from the image, the issue was getting it to be seamless. Its coming along I suppose. I call it brush madness because texture madness just doesn't have that phonetic ring to it.
A long time ago I wrote a program to help with this. It balances brightness per-area to preserve detail. Note that this is only part of the process:
1. take a photo in as neutral lighting as possible
2. normalise brightness
3. normalise saturation
Then you have a texture you can effectively use.
Here's a folder with the program, and the normalised image.
(edit - The program requires microsoft XNA runtime 4)
If you find it useful, I might hack it up as a gimp plugin and apply the saturation adjustment as well.
Anyways, my new brush! I used a picture of the canvas side of my strop.
And finally a quick sketch as I took my new brush for a test drive. Its much different from the defaults I've been using so it'll take some getting used to.
I'm still messing with the settings of the texture not sure whether it should more visible or fainter. Either way im extremely pleased with how it came out and im excited to actually make a detailed painting with it.
I like the sort of painting-on-canvas effect it gives. I haven't messed with brushes but now you've given me a reason to try.
Also, nice to see my old code is useful lol. Back in the day I spent way too long getting that to work without making weird artefacts, but didn't find it all that useful because most textures are easy to find for free or cheap. At least, 2k textures are.
Hmm... makes me think though. I could split the final image out into lighting as well, which would be useful with what I was doing.
Edit: attempted to apply lighting and saturation. Saturation didn't work (should've known any simple approximation wouldn't work). I did export the lighting picture, but it turned out to be of little use (and a bit bugged, it clips out a big chunk of the dark section). Perhaps slightly better than desaturating and blurring, so I dropped it in the folder and updated the binary.