Linked Chain technique

 

Creating a linked chain and a threaded rope


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Justin gave us a file that contained a link of chain with some copyright material on it, using the spot Healing Brush (J), and the Clone Stamp tool (S), we removed the copyright information to produce a single chain link on a white background.

 

 

 


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Using Transform (T) we reduced the size of the chain.

 

 

 

 


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We then selected the Quick Selection Tool (W) and proceeded by selecting the white component of the image, and then removing this out by using Ctrl + X. This gave us a single link on a clear background.

 

 

 

 


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Selecting the Move Tool (T) we held down the Alt key placed the cursor over the chain then holding down the left mouse button dragged to create a duplicate of the chain, we repeated this twice more to give us four identical links.

 

 

 

 


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To give the chain a little variety a couple of them I used Image>Rotation to change the horizontal and vertical characteristics of the chains.

 

 

 

 


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Using the Move Tool (V) I aligned the chains up to begin the process of linking them.

 

 

 

 


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I created a layer mask by clicking the Add A Mask button (bottom right of the screen). I then selected the Brush tool (B) and making sure my brush was Black with the layer mask selected I began to carefully paint away where the chain intersected. This then gave the impression of the chains being linked.

 

 

 


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I repeated the above for each intersecting link to eventually make a chain of four links. While painting with the brush on the layer mask I was able to change from white and black by using the short cut key X. (black conceals, white reveals).

 

 

 


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Justin then gave us a file that was an image of a loop of rope and asked us to thread this through the chain, using the same techniques as above I did this with ease and was quite pleased with the result.

 

 

 

 


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Here is a close up screen grab of the layers panel showing how the layer mask is acting upon the image.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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In this image, you can see I added a solid colour background by clicking on the Create New Fill or Adjustment Layer Icon (bottom Right of the screen) and selecting Solid Colour from the popup menu. I then moved this layer down to the bottom of the layer stack of visible layers. I saved the file as a PSD so I had a high-quality file with all the layers intact, then I flattened the image Right click on the gray area of one of the layers and select Flatten Image. I then saved a lower quality JPG that is usable on websites etc.