Author [Riady Santoso] Photoshop Tutorial
Date [Sat, 08/08-2009] Inspired by [Someone's camouflage cap :: at Flinders St train station]

Camouflage

Camouflage Final Result
Step 1
Camouflage - Step 1

Create a new document

  • Width = 500 pixels
  • Height = 500 pixels
  • Resolution = 72 DPI
  • Color Mode = RGB
  • Background Contents = Transparent

:: RGB color mode is used for on Screen product such as Website Design or Desktop Wallpaper, CMYK is used for printing product ::

Step 2
Camouflage - Step 2a

Camouflage - Step 2b

Create a Solid Color Layer by clicking on New Fill or Adjustment Layer icon at Layer Pallete

Colour Picker Pallete will pop up allowing designer to choose the colour to be used for new Solid Color Layer

Enter 483e1a next to # sign at Colour Picker Pallete

Name this layer "Base Colour"

Step 3
Camouflage - Step 3a

Camouflage - Step 3b

Duplicate "Base Layer" (CTRL + J) or (Layer>New>Layer Via Copy)

Double Click on the duplicated layer thumbnail on Layer Pallete to display Colour Picker Pallete

Enter 2c27aa next to # sign at Colour Picker Pallete

Step 4
Camouflage - Step 4a

Camouflage - Step 4b

Camouflage - Step 4c

Camouflage - Step 4d

Show Action Pallete by pressing (ALT + F9) or (Window>New>Actions)

Create New Set for more organized action within Action Pallete

Type Tutorial or any name you like for your new set of action folder

Create New Action called Camouflage

  • Name = Camouflage
  • Set = Tutorial
  • Function Key = F2
  • Color = None

Press Record to start recording the actions

:: Function Key is the short cut for specific action that we create. In case the function key has been assigned to a certain action, we need to choose different key or key combination such as SHIFT + F2 or CTRL + SHIFT + F3 ::

:: When actions recording in progress, be careful no to do any unnecessary steps as they will be recorded as part of the new action ::

Step 5
Camouflage - Step 5a

Camouflage - Step 5b

Set Foreground Color and Background Color into default colour (D)

Whilst Layer Mask on duplicated layer is selected (It is indicated by white rectangle around the thumbnail), apply Cloud Filter(Filter>Render>Cloud)

:: The main principle with layer mask is white means reveal, black means hide. If we want to reveal the image or adjustment that has a layer mask applied on, white portion of layer mask will show the image or effect by adjustment layer, black postion will hide the effect and grayscale in between black and white is the level of transparency of the image/effect ::

Step 6
Camouflage - Step 6a

Camouflage - Step 6b

Camouflage - Step 6c

Apply Level(CTRL + L) or (Image>Adjustments>Levels) on the Layer Mask to solidify the cloud

Slide Shadow Input Level and Highlight Input Level

  • Shadow Input Level / Black Marker = 140
  • Midtone Input Level / Gray Marker = 1.00
  • Highlight Input Level / White Marker = 150
Step 7
Camouflage - Step 7a

Camouflage - Step 7b

Camouflage - Step 7c

Apply Gaussian Blur(Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur)

Set the Radius = 10.0

:: You may set the Radius to any number, the higher the number, the rounder the curve will be ::

Step 8
Camouflage - Step 8

Camouflage - Step 8b

Camouflage - Step 8c

Camouflage - Step 8d

Re-apply Level(CTRL + L) or (Image>Adjustments>Levels) on the Layer Mask to make the pattern rounder and more solid

Slide Shadow Input Level and Highlight Input Level

  • Shadow Input Level / Black Marker = 128
  • Midtone Input Level / Gray Marker = 1.00
  • Highlight Input Level / White Marker = 130

Press Stop Icon at Action Pallete to stop recording the actions

::You may set the Shadow, Midtone and Hightlight Input Level into any number. The closer the number between Shadow and Hightlight Input Level, the more solid the shape will be ::

:: At this state, you may review whether the actions steps are complete by toggling the triangle icon to expand the setting of each step taken. You may also select the folder where you keep the actions you record and save them as ATN file. This is a very useful step as you may exchange your action or load the action for the future use ::

Step 9
Camouflage - Step 9a

Camouflage - Step 9b

camouflage - Step 9c

Rename the layer will be a good option as we will need to duplicate the layer a couple times more

Change the name of duplicated layer into "Second Colour"

Duplicate "Second Layer" by Pressing (CTRL + J)

Rename "Second Layer Copy" into "Third Colour"

Change the colour of "Third Layer" into f9e2b9

Press F2 or any Function Key that you have assigned for Camouflage Action to change the shape of the Camouflage pattern

:: As we use Cloud to create the Camouflage pattern, the shape will never be the same when we run Camouflage Action ::

Step 10
Camouflage - Step 10

You can create the "Fourth Colour" by repeating Step 9

Set the "Fourth Colour" as 6f6e1d

Step 11
Camouflage - Step 11a

Camouflage - Step 11b

Camouflage - Step 11c

Optional step for Camouflage Colour Variation by using Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer

  • Hue = 220
  • Saturation = 25
  • Lightness = +10
  • Colourize = Checked

:: Make sure that the contrast among the colour is high enough to make good pattern ::

Final Result
Camouflage Final Result

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Gold Man Final Result
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