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How to Freehand Lace by christwriter How to Freehand Lace by christwriter
Just a couple of tips on how to paint freehanded embroidery or lace. I've found this technique to be most effective on simulating embroidery than actual lace, but since I get the inspiration from my old bobbin-lace books, I figure if you want to attempt lace with this method, go for it.

I cannot suggest raiding craftstores and craft books for inspiration highly enough. You never know where you'll get ideas for a new technique or too, and knowing how things are constructed helps get those little bitty details right.

Enjoy, folks.
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing. If I use this, I'll credit you.
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Malabee Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow, this is so amazing.
it looks like real lace, really cool! :iconlatiasyayplz:
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kalizoomba Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
that's gorgeous! I have just one question. You mention that a shadow is required... how do you make this shadow?
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christwriter Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
There are two really easy ways, and a couple that take a little more work:

1. Copy the embroidery layer, so now you have two. Set the bottom layer to "multiply" and move it a little bit opposite your light source. If, for example, your light is up and to the left, you will move the multiply layer down and to the right. This isn't huge, just a couple of pixels. I usually just use the arrow keys on the keyboard to nudge it in the right direction.

2. Create a new layer under the embroidery layer and set it to "multiply" (sensing a theme here?) Select all of your embroidery, either with the magic wand or by holding down cntrl when you click on the layer (in newer versions of Photoshop you apparently also have to click on the layer's thumbnail while holding down cntrl. I have an OLD version of photoshop so I don't know for sure) then bump the selection a couple pixels over where a shadow would be. go to your new layer. Use a dull color (usually the base color you used for your embroidery)and add your shadow.

The most difficult is to not use a selection at all. Create a new layer, set to multiply, and just paint in what you think a shadow should look like. This gives the best results. It's also the easiest to screw up, and should be practiced at before you go forward.

Hope that helps.
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kalizoomba Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010
thanks!! I'll give this a try tomorrow and see what I can come up with!
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staple-salad Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
That's really awesome, thank you for posting it!
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AutumnEmbers Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow this is really great. Thanks for creating this. =D

I've tried to use a few lace brushes too, and they just didn't work for me. I'll try this method out, I'm sure it'll be more successful than what I've attempted in the past. =)
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christwriter Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll look forward to seeing what you come up with. Seriously, it'd be awesome to know people are actually using this thing.
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AutumnEmbers Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do you read ImagineFX? It's a digital painting magazine and often they'll answer question and have tutorials about various things, and someone even made a brush for lace. Not the pattern itself, but a slim brush for drawing lace. So, I'll use that brush (I believe it's by Marta Dahlig) in conjuncture with your tutorial. =)

And I'll definitely let you know when I finish a lace piece. I've never done it before, so it'll be really interesting. =)
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christwriter Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
On and off. It's gotten difficult for me to spend that much money (last time I got one it was like ten, fifteen bucks) on a magazine. Useful, yes, but ... yeah. That's cat food, rent, me food ...It's a GREAT resource, and I wish I had more free cash.
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AutumnEmbers Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree. I don't buy every issues that comes out because most of the time, I've found, that they repeat some of the same ideas over the course of a year. I buy what I find is most useful at the time, like a new technique or whatnot.

I just wish it was cheaper. @_@
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ladyAlyafaelyn Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank heaven for people like you! This is so helpful and it's always nice to get insider tips/tricks.
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christwriter Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You're most welcome!
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SulaMoon Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:O Amazing tut! Thanks for sharing!
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TaMiloDreams Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
this is really nice. Thank you for sharing your knowledge...
greetings
Tamilo
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HeyMayday Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010
Thank you so much for this. I don't REMEMBER how many times I tried looking up something EXACTLY like this.

=D
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Melpomelpo Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010
This is so incredibly helpful. I had to laugh at the first few paragraphs because that has been me so many times; trying to fit lace brushes to no avail and even trying an actual photo. So I really, really appreciate this--great tutorial! (:
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christwriter Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You're most welcome.

And ... yeah. Experiance talks best.
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jacamat Featured By Owner May 23, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
Excellent tutorial! I just downloaded, oh a pretty impressive collection of free lace brushes, and even before I began downloading, I kept thinking, "How am I going to angle these things so that they fit the (dress) correctly?"

And I've done lace before, but on a much smaller scale, which I just scribbled lines everywhere and it looked fine.

This tutorial is really helpful and I may try it out. Now that said, I have very little patience for the piece I'm working on. I just spent a better part of 8 hours doing her ungodly long hair, so I may just crop it and say to hell with her lol. But thanks for the tut- I'll wind up using it one day, I know.
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RomanticFae Featured By Owner May 15, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what an amazing tutorial
and your right you can only do so much with a stamp and the liquify tool
ill definatly need to try this out best tut ive come across in a while, not sure why it dosnt hav more favs its incredibly helpful
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christwriter Featured By Owner May 15, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you.

I don't do much to promote myself (as I have a life) so I'm not one of the more popular artists on DA. It don't get faved 'cause people don't know about it, basically. Thank you very much for your kind words.
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Elitha Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009
That's really neat! I wish I had the patience to do that. I'm still sticking to brushes, although I'll definitely try this -- I'm sure it'll be much more rewarding in the end :)
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christwriter Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd stick with the brushes but practice working without them until you start getting results you like better than the brushes.

Me, I've never been satisfied with brushes all on their lonesome.
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Aisling88 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2008
Thank you for this tutorial, it was very helpful. :)
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christwriter Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
You're most welcome. I hope to see how you use it. :D
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LadyCath Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008  Hobbyist Artist
Wow, thankyou, I am soo going to give this a go one day ^^
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stuntedsanity Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2008  Hobbyist
Great tutorial, though it does leave me the the profound relief that I have never ever been required to try and paint lace.
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fleetfoot Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008
Really helpful! Gives plenty of ideas I'd love to try out :)
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Snowlyn Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that is so cool =)
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christwriter Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks.

I've got a second one I'm working on, because this one doesn't completely cover everything I wanted it to. Keep an eye on this spot.
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Snowlyn Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ooohh yay would do that =) <3
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chibipunk7231 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2008
This turned out rather interesting, I've tryed knitting once, and failed, heh. I also tryed crochaing, but i didn't even get one line done, i love knotting bracelettes though. ^u^ tatting must be even harder. I never dreamed of how one could paint it digitally, thanks for the tutorial!~ you did an excellent job on it. C=
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christwriter Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks.

Actually, tatting is a lot like macreme--knotted bracelets, if I'm thinking of the same technique you use, has a lot of the same knots as Macreme. Anyway, tatting is just tying a very specific pair of knots in really, really tiny thread. Shuttles are the best way to work, but they have needle tatting too.

Thanks for the compliments.

CW
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chibipunk7231 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2008
^u^ aaaahhhh, i see now, thanks for the explanation, and you're most welcome for the compliment. C=
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melime6 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
well done!
effect's amazing...
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christwriter Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. Hope you found it helpful.

CW
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