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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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