Greetings, All! I’m back to share a little more gross-ness with ya for the spooky holidays coming up! If you saw the QP’s for this month’s freebie, “Goth-n-Gore”, last week, one of them had a dirt background with grub worms crawling throughout. I meant to include just the background in the kit, but, I forgot it. So, I am going to go ya one better! I will give it to you here, plus, I’ll show you how I made it, complete with resources!
Here is a preview of the QP’s from last week’s post:
Here is a preview of the ‘dirt’ texture I made:
The ‘grubs’ are from an ‘.ASL’ file from Sonarpos at DeviantArt. Here is a preview of what it looks like:
Here is a zip of the texture and the pattern:
And, finally, the tutorial for the wormy-dirt background!
1 – In Photoshop, open the 3600X3600px ‘Dirt Texture’ from above. Load the ‘.PAT’, Pattern, file.
2 – Create a ‘New File Document’ at 3600X3600px, 300DPI, RGB, Transparent Background. Copy and paste the ‘Dirt Texture’ into this ‘new doc’.
3 – Create a ‘New Layer’ in the Layers Palette and fill it with the ‘Worm’ pattern. I increased the ‘Size’ of the pattern to 200% for a better look. This pattern is not seamless, but, since we are only showing several of the worms, it won’t matter. Just avoid any ‘lines’ where the patterns don’t match.
4 – Slip the ‘Worm’ layer down underneath the ‘Dirt Texture’.
5 – Add a Layer Mask to the ‘Dirt Texture’ layer.
(A Layer Mask is white when you first apply it. The image it is fully visible. By painting over it with black, it ‘erases’ those parts of the Dirt Texture the mask is on. This allows the image/pattern beneath to show through. The beauty of masks is that, if you mess up, simply paint back over the area with white and start again!)
6 – Lower the Opacity of the ‘Dirt’ layer enough to see the Worms underneath.
7 – Click on the Mask to activate it. With a soft brush, using black, ‘paint over’ several of the worms to expose them. I lowered the ‘opacity’ of my brush to 15% to let the worms peek through gradually. Brush over the lighter areas more than the darker areas, following the highlights and shading of the worm pattern. You can vary the strokes to achieve a more random look. It will appear as though the ‘worms’ are coming through the soil.
8 – Raise the Opacity of the Dirt Texture layer back to 100%.
9 – Add any enhancements or adjustments to the overall image, merge the layers and save! That’s it!
Finally, here is one background I made if you don’t want to make this yourself. Click on image to save it full size. It is 3600x3600px @ 1.6mb.
I hope you understand my directions. If not, post a comment and I will get back to you. Have fun!