PSP: Creating Cracks, Seams and Fissures

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A lot of textures created solely with filters have a uniformity or blandness that is usually not the case in the real world. Look around at old doors, hinges, stones and mortar and you'll an incredibly rich network of fine cracks, debris, damage and dirt. This tutorial explores a few ways to add some of these features to our images.


bupaje on 5:30PM Mon, 28 July 2003

Let's Get Cracking!



Basic Technique

1. Create a new image with a white background 512 pixels x 512 pixels.

2. Next use the airbrush to paint some large 'parent' cracks. Reduce the brush size and create some branching cracks from the parents.

To start, do not use too small a brush size, or make the branches too close together since this technique involves a series of blur and sharpen operations which may knock out some of the very fine stuff.

3. Next perform the following operations...

Effects: Blur: Blur More 3 times
Effects: Edge: Dilate: 5 times
Effects: Sharpen: Sharpen More 2-3 times

[Tip: You can repeat the last action in PSP by using CTRL+Y. Also these steps aren't written in stone so once you get the basics experiment with the settings and you'll be able to come up with many different variations.]

Tutorial Comments


helanker  1:24PM Fri, 14 December 2007

Thank you for a really interesting Tutorial. I hate tutorials, but I do like this one alot. Simple but darn useful. I love textures and I always use psp9. I feel it can do everything...even popcorn. LOL !

pynokio  8:44AM Sun, 04 March 2007

Easy to use tutorial! Thank you!

bupaje  12:49PM Fri, 30 January 2004

Thanks for the kind words. I hadn't updated anything on renderosity in a while but I have added one or two other tutorials to a friends site at http://www.v-worlds.net/ on making textures.

skats19  11:47PM Thu, 29 January 2004

Does anyone know if there is a photoshop equivalent to the dilate effect?

moochie  11:36AM Thu, 28 August 2003

Thanks for the tutorial .. I wouldn't have stumbled across the combination of blur, dilate then sharpen in a hundred years. When I've used dilate in PSP, it has the effect of contracting the dark parts of lines inwards (making them narrower) whilst leaving a light colour where the outer edges of the line were. It's kinda like a chisel effect, but instead of adding to the width of a line, the total width stays the same. Yeh, that's it .. it's an internal chisel but without any added bevels or artefacts. Sort of thing.

craigbickford  8:53AM Thu, 28 August 2003

Great tutorial! I am a Photoshop man myself but have now foudn a reason to use PSP and was pleasantly surprised! Thank you!

bupaje  10:46PM Wed, 27 August 2003

This is from the PSP help file, maybe it will help... Use the Dilate command to enhance the light areas of an image. The Dilate and Erode filters are variations of a standard 3 pixel x 3 pixel Medium Cut filter. The Medium Cut filter sets all pixels in the image to the median value of its 9 pixel (3 x 3) neighborhood. The Erode filter sets all pixels to the minimum value of the 9 pixel neighborhood; the Dilate filter sets all pixels to the maximum."

troy_johnson  4:44PM Wed, 27 August 2003

Does anyone know what the Dialate command does? It should be easy enough to duplicate the effect in Photoshop, but without knowing what it does I don't know where to start. Also, Spelling out "Paintshop Pro" at least the first time would have been nice. I assumed PSP stood for Photoshop until I came to the comments page to see if anyone else felt like they were going crazy looking for a nonexsistent command in Photoshop! :-)

troy_johnson  4:42PM Wed, 27 August 2003

Does anyone know what the Dialate command does? It should be easy enough to duplicate the effect in Photoshop, but without knowing what it does I don't know where to start.

rodney71  12:36PM Tue, 26 August 2003

Does anyone know if there is a photoshop equivalent to the dilate effect?

oliverraga  10:05AM Tue, 26 August 2003

soory but there is something missing on my photoshop, its the dilate from the edge effect.

flyhippie  11:36PM Mon, 18 August 2003

Hey thanks for the tutorial, I usually make my own textures but never had found such an easy way to create them, A freind gave me the jasc paint shop por 7 and until then had never used it. I am amazed at how well you can make textures in there, again.. thanks for the tutorial, all my images should improve thanks to you.... :)
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