Source for fabric textures?

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Source for fabric textures?

Post by wetcircuit » Sun Oct 04, 2015 2:24 pm

Can anyone recommend sources for fabric textures? Free or paid...

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Re: Source for fabric textures?

Post by LoriGriffiths » Sun Oct 04, 2015 3:29 pm

I'm constantly in search of fabric. The problem is the tiling. The images must be capable or you're really going to see lines. Here's what I've done:

1) Adobe Illustrator - I don't use Photoshop unless I have to, but that would work as well. I've made sequins and trim with vector art as a bump in Blender. You can also make a lot of patterns/prints in both programs because they can make 'patterns'. I've also made a knit texture and stitching successfully.

2) Take photos. I sew, so I have a lot of fabric. I take my own photos and edit them for tiling. This is time intensive, but produces amazing results.

3) http://www.cgtextures.com/ They have some nice textures that can be tiled nicely.

4) Google It! If you search fabric images, sometimes you'll get lucky and find an image that has a nice square you can cut out and tile. I use Photoshop to work on the image to get it lined up and remove the distortion.

5) Make the texture in 3D. There's a tutorial on CG Cookie that shows you how to make fabric weave in Blender. It's intense, but the results are absolutely amazing. The course is CREATE A CUTE LITTLE ELEPHANT CHARACTER and it's in the Archive. You need a membership to download the video, but it's a keeper.

Other than the CG Cookie membership for #5, you'll note all of these are free. All it takes is your time.

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Re: Source for fabric textures?

Post by Rosemaryr » Mon Oct 05, 2015 12:21 am

If you like to 'roll your own', here are some neat online resources:
http://www.tartanmaker.com/?page=index for making tartan plaids
http://www.patterncooler.com for making prints, in a huge variety.

Both allow you to save out the results in usable swatches.

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Re: Source for fabric textures?

Post by MorgaineChristensen » Mon Oct 05, 2015 2:02 am

Has used Tartanmaker in the past and it did a nice job. I will have to try the patterncooler since I haven't seen it before. Thanks for the info!

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