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Seethyr
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Posted - 10 Sep 2019 :  01:35:58  Show Profile  Visit Seethyr's Homepage Send Seethyr a Private Message  Reply with Quote  Delete Topic
Sites like Homebrewery and GmBinder are utterly fantastic creations and with enough research, its not all that difficult to make professional looking docs with it.

However, I am at a loss as to how to make those cool looking watercolor marks or stains that typically float just behind a monster or other piece of art. Does anyone have any insight that they could teach someone who is art-disabled?

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George Krashos
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Posted - 10 Sep 2019 :  02:35:33  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Try this guide: https://homebrewery.naturalcrit.com/share/HJWLQsTwUZ

I too have fallen in love with Homebrewery although it's not very Apple friendly just lately.

It has its frustrations but when it works, it looks fantastic.

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Seethyr
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Posted - 10 Sep 2019 :  03:19:37  Show Profile  Visit Seethyr's Homepage Send Seethyr a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos

Try this guide: https://homebrewery.naturalcrit.com/share/HJWLQsTwUZ

I too have fallen in love with Homebrewery although it's not very Apple friendly just lately.

It has its frustrations but when it works, it looks fantastic.

-- George Krashos



I love that guide. That's how I learned how to do the whole image blending thing (though I still haven't mastered it). I am more looking for those watercolor stains that show up behind monster art (sometimes they have a black and white smaller version of the art as well).

I guess really its just additional artwork and not something specific to the programming. I'll probably have to look through some public domain stuff to see if I find any...

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jamesewelch
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Posted - 10 Sep 2019 :  13:34:07  Show Profile Send jamesewelch a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Another Homebrewery guide: https://homebrewery.naturalcrit.com/share/SkKsdJmKf

And another with Homebrewery code you can use to do the stains for you: https://homebrewery.naturalcrit.com/share/HyWImuH06x

Do you mean using Photoshop and other software? (other than Homebrewery) to do this? There's quite a few guides on using Photoshop (ex: https://blog.spoongraphics.co.uk/tutorials/create-watercolor-painting-effect-photoshop )

I used the Photoshop masking techniques with some of the homebrewery example stains and made quite a few more stains.

(YouTube version of Photoshop tutorial at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uZFtbtNfnM and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSgzx1FdlBQ)

This also works well with any "stain" like effect that you use as a mask. You could use a circle, square, star, blood dripping, a paint/ink splatter, etc.

If you're looking to take real photographs and turn them into 'fantasy' watercolor-like, then everybody has been using https://www.lunapic.com You upload a photograph and can play around with the effects and filters. It does a great job of taking real photos (lots of people use public domain pics of nature or castles, etc.) and making them look like a D&D RPG fantasy/watercolor effect. I know Adam (who gave me the link) used it for all his art in https://www.dmsguild.com/product/287008/Baldurans-Guide-to-Kingdom-Building



Edited by - jamesewelch on 10 Sep 2019 14:00:37
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jamesewelch
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Posted - 10 Sep 2019 :  13:49:07  Show Profile Send jamesewelch a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Also, if you prefer to avoid image editing/Photoshop and prefer something fast, easy, and online, then LunaPic did this:

https://i.imgur.com/Y1wPimd.jpg

By using the "Blend two images" effect using the Homebrewery page stains and a default image. As long as the page stain parchment colors/style is same as your page, then this might work. There's some other tools on LunaPic such as the Cut Out and Mask tools which if you play around enough, you might be able to figure it out.



Edited by - jamesewelch on 10 Sep 2019 13:59:42
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Seethyr
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Posted - 10 Sep 2019 :  20:21:57  Show Profile  Visit Seethyr's Homepage Send Seethyr a Private Message  Reply with Quote
This is awesome! Thank you so much everyone.

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Rils
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If you're talking about the stains behind art in the 5e books, Emi Tanji (WotC graphic artist) talked about this on a D&D podcast once. She said they're actual stains she makes with various liquids on watercolor paper, then just scans them in. There was an anecdote about how much red wine she went through to get the "blood" stains in the Curse of Strahd book...

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