Flag Tutorial

Made by: Nick

In this tutorial I'll show how to give a plain flag the effect of motion (moving in the wind), here I'll use this Red rectangle as my flag

red rectangle
 

First Make a new layer

new layer
 

then select the Gradient tool

gradient tool
 

and use White-Black gradient with Reflected Mode as shown in the image below

white to black
 

Now make a small rectangular selection, That is taller than the flag in height, but smaller than it's half its width

make selection
 

and fill it using the gradient tool

fill the selection
 

again make another selection beside the last one, and fill it

another selection and fill
 

keep doing this in random width of each selection

repeat process
 

Now save the file as PSD file (the gradients layer should be the only visible layer when you save the file). This is so you can re-use the same pattern for other flags whenever you want to repeat this.

save file
 

after saving the file, make the gradients layer invisible

invisible
 

and then for the flag layer, Apply this filter (Distort > Displace)

distort displace
 

Use these values and Click OK!

displace values
 

now you will be asked for a file, use the one we have just saved

saved file
 

and Finally, make the gradients layer visible again, but change its mode to Overlay

gradients visible
 

Final Result


This final result would probably look much better if it were a real flag i'd used at the start...but the same process applies to creating it.

final result of flag

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