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Photoshop Tie Dye Tutorial by S-Hirsack Photoshop Tie Dye Tutorial by S-Hirsack
Btw - forgot to add the final step (not shown) that makes it look more realistic. Use filter > distort > twirl on the strokes layer (just a little!) to give it that final touch.

Anyway.
I wanted to make a Tie Dye effect for a recent piece (see here [link] ) and searched fruitlessly for hours for a tutorial that created the exact effect I wanted.

So I made it up.

Assuming that someone else out there may want to know how to do this, I did this tutorial based on the steps I took. Now you have the benefit of knowing how to do it too, without the 45 minutes of screwing around with different ways of doing it to get it right! : D

enjoy

(And if you use it, I'd love to see how you did - feel free to comment with a link, and I'll check it out!)

*UPDATE

I've expanded on this tutorial with a quicker, better method for creating the white streaks. Check it out here [link]
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Nootyhooty Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
I'm wanting to do a candy corn tie dye for something I'm working on. I have tried both ways--putting all three colors on one layer AND putting each color on its own layer. Neither way I do it will it allow me to Filter - Distort - Twirl (or Spherize, even). Neither one is higlighted. WHAT AM I DOING WRONG? Thanks for your help!
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imzadi37 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
Love this simple-to-use tutorial! Just a quick question though. What kind of brushes did you use for the white parts?
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S-Hirsack Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
I used standard 'round' brushes, the size I use depends on what resolution image I'm creating and how big I want any given stroke to be. You can create great effects using fuzzier edged brushes - in any case, once you've run it through distort->blur, it doesn't matter too much :p
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bloodfangclawtooth Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
Is this tut still in your gallery? I'm having trouble viewing it.
Otherwise I love it. It's the simplest, best tie dye tut to follow.
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S-Hirsack Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
Are you referring to the first or second version of the tutorial? Both seem to be loading fine. It may be your connection, sorry I can't help <:/
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W0lfxer0 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you know if there's a rectangular to polar filter on gimp? I can't seem to find it.
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89000007ANL Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OH YESH! now I can have an awesome background and STILL have me record of not using stock images! [link]
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mawiiB3 Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for taking the time to post this tutorial, I found it extremely useful!
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S-Hirsack Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I'm always happy people are getting good use out of my info :3
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brokenlizard2 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH FOR THIS TUTORIAL!!
I'm responsible for designing my university's "Peace, Love, and Pete"(Pete the Pelican is our SAB mascot) tie-dye shirt and I had no clue how to approach it using photoshop...until now :)

Again, thank you. I can't wait to experiment with different swirl patterns!
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S-Hirsack Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
No prob! There's a slightly updated version in my gallery now if you look.
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xJul3sx Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
Hey, Really thanks for this !
When I finish my project, gonna show how it worked ;)
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S-Hirsack Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Professional General Artist
awesome! Can't wait to see it :D
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jamespwaters Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you for this, I used it to create a texture for a CG model. Very useful
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Ayan-kun Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Hey my friend showed me this and I tried it out. Worked well for me but I couldn't find a brush that did the white convincingly, so I skipped it and put on a canvas filter instead. Thanks for the easy-to-follow steps!

My deviation is here [link] if you want to see it.
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Kayla-kat91 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very helpful. thank you
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urbanswag Featured By Owner May 22, 2010
neat tutoral. what's the font used for the piece you did?
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S-Hirsack Featured By Owner May 22, 2010  Professional General Artist
If I remember correctly, I didn't actually use a font for that - just kind of looked at music posters from the 60's/70's and winged the font using the pen tool xD
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TheSteezyBeezee Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010
Far out, dude! Definetly gonna use this in the near future!
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S-Hirsack Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
Totally chill, man.

Be sure to show me the final result :p
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sarah-e-kushner Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the tutorial. I got to use it not to long ago, easy to do and great result. THANKS!
heres the piece I did it on.
[link]
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Perpetual-Sketch Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009
Oh my gosh, I'm so happy you made this! I have to create a tie-dye background for the poster for the school play (it's set in the '70s), and I haven't been able to figure out a way. Thank you so much for the tutorial! :D
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S-Hirsack Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009  Professional General Artist
I'm glad it's being put to such a cool use :D
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iluvcats96-4 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009
how do you make thetapering strokes? i cant figure out how.
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S-Hirsack Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009  Professional General Artist
I use a pressure sensitive tablet when I draw to the computer. If you're stuck using a mouse, a method you could use would be to use the pen tool:

Method one: Just make lines leading in with the pen tool and then right click > render brush strokes > simulate pressure
Method two: make shapes like the brush strokes using the pen tool to make vector shapes then fill them in.

Either method you can find more on by goodling pen tool tutorials for photoshop :D
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iluvcats96-4 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009
okay thanx. what is a tablet used for a computer?
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S-Hirsack Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2009  Professional General Artist
a tablet is a tool that allows you to draw directly to the computer using a stylus like a pen, in sync with a program like PhotoShop, Corel Painter, etc etc

most are pressure sensitive and so using the programs becomes like having digital access to limitless art supplies :p
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flipstingray Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
im not a photoshop buff... so i dont know how to set the layer type on 9 & 10

it just jeeps wanting me to change the folder color

help!
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S-Hirsack Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009  Professional General Artist
over to the right side of the screen (if you're using the default setup) there should be a little pulldown menu (selection box with a down arrow to the right of it) that says "Normal" which is the typical layer type. From there you should be able to change the layer type.

Hope that helps!
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Excalibur-T005 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009
Wow, thanks! I don't have Photoshop, but I'm sure I can adjust it enough to apply to GIMP.
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S-Hirsack Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009  Professional General Artist
:D no prob - I'm glad people are using it :3
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rockercords Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2009
Wow.

You are awesome. I've been looking around for a technique for a while now and I think this is it. Thank you!! I may use it, if I do I will definitely send you a link!!
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S-Hirsack Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks, that's why I posted it ;3
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Kaleya Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Fantastic tutorial. Thanks so much for sharing it with us!
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S-Hirsack Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009  Professional General Artist
aye, no prob :p
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WishComeTrue Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009
Awesome! Thanks for the tutorial.=3
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S-Hirsack Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009  Professional General Artist
glad you like it :D
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WishComeTrue Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009
Once the whole thing's done and posted, I'll send a link.=)
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wannabesedated20 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2008   General Artist
This is a neat tutorial!

What brush did you use for the layer of white strokes?
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S-Hirsack Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2008  Professional General Artist
I just used the default hard brush, it tapered (naturally?) for me because I use a tablet. You could probably use the pen/vector tool to get tapered white lines.
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iluvcats96-4 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009
how do you use the tablet? or know that you have it? and how do you use the pen tool to make the white strokes?
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wannabesedated20 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008   General Artist
Excellent, thanks for the quick response!

I have a tablet at work so I might try that aswell as the pen tool.

Thanks!
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Cyristal-Artist Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very informative. I've never seen a tutorial for tie dye before. I may use it sometime; if so I'll be sure to link. :)
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S-Hirsack Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2008  Professional General Artist
:} thanks, I'd love to see whatever you make with this
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Cyristal-Artist Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome :)
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