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Old October 3rd, 2004, 02:11 AM
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How do I create a marble pillar in Photoshop?


Please can anyone help? I am creating an interactive movie, using Flash and Adobe photoshop CS. I want to create greek style pillars with a smooth shiny white marble effect with small dark grey lines randomly running along it, and want to add an effect as if someone had engraved writing within the pillar.

Can anyone tell me if there are tutorials out there already that show how to do that step by step as I am just a beginner in photoshop and flash.

I would be extremely grateful for anyones help.



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Old January 19th, 2009, 10:55 PM
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Hi Addy!
You're probably done with your project by now, but if you're still wondering about how to do this (or anyone else out there is, for that matter) here are some suggestions that might help.

To get something close to what you described, I'd suggest you start with a tall rectangle, roughly the color you want, and then use the layer-effects to overlay a texture (like marble), which you should probably reduce in opacity greatly. Then, to add the thin dark lines, I'd create another layer, add some noise, blur it, and then render difference clouds. Play with the levels setting to turn it into weaving, random dark lines, and then set it to a darkening blend mode such as "Multiply." Add a gradient effect, again setting it to a darkening blend to indicate the direction the light is shining.
You might also try some subtle (smooth) embossing & contouring too - though make sure your settings are appropriately round.
To add engraved text, you should create your text using a similar color to that of the resulting pillar, and then activate the emboss/ & contour layer effect, deactivating the "Use Global Light" box, and then setting the light angle to be the 180 degree opposite of what it was originally. Use a hard or soft chisel, and play with the settings to give it that steep, engraved look. (Try making it deeper, with less spread.) This should make the text seem to be cut IN to the pillar, rather than to be standing out.
Hope that helps!
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