Moon Sims

How to Make Skins for The Sims
Part 9: Using Layer Effects to Create the Gold Pattern

Toreador jacket

"Take another look at the toreador's jacket. It has gold trim all along the edges as well as on the shoulder patches and the decorations all down the arms.

"First I want to see if I can reproduce that nice gold-tone pattern, so let's take a closer look at it.

Choose brush

"Here's a close-up look at the gold trim on the toreador's collar. It looks like the gold color is a combination of shades of yellow and brown. So I'll use my eyedropper tool to pick up representative gold and brown colors for my foreground and background colors in Photoshop.

All layers off

"I don't want to mess up the black vest layer because it has such nice shading already. So I'll duplicate it a couple of times to create new layers for my colors.

Smudge out collar

"I have duplicated the vest layer twice. I turned on Preserve Transparency for both of these layers.

"First I filled the layer named vest trim gold with my yellow color. I set this layer's mode to Normal, so all that yellow shows up as an opaque color over the pattern of my vest.

"Next I filled the layer named vest gold brown trim with the brown shade. It's the active layer in the image above. Note that I set this layer to Multiply. That means that whatever numerical value a pixel in this layer has, that number is multiplied times the value of the color of the pixel below it. (Pure white multiplies as a transparent color. Pure black completely opaques whatever is below it.)

"It's not too exciting at first, but look what happens when I add a layer mask and use the Add Noise filter in the layer mask! Ta da! I just fooled around with the setting for the level of noise until I got the kind of pattern I wanted.

Smudge out collar

"The contrast between the brown and yellow is a little stark, so I apply the Gaussian Blur filter to smoosh it up a little bit. Now this is really beginning to look like the trim on my toreador's vest!

Smudge out collar

"I'm getting a little more brown than I want, so I adjust the opacity of the brown layer. The lower the opacity, the more the underlying layers show through.

"Hooray! Now I have just the pattern I want for the gold trim. It might seem like a lot of steps, but in reality it only took me a couple of minutes to do all this."

"Of course, what I have here is a solid gold jacket. Now I need to mask away the parts of the gold that I don't want. I'll do that in the next lesson."

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