Create stage curtains in 11 easy steps

This is a very quick and easy mode to create stage curtains that you can use in your drawings and no exceptional Photoshop skills are required whatsoever. For this tutorial I used Photoshop CS3.

FINAL IMAGE

curtains Create stage curtains in 11 easy steps

You can download the psd file at the end of the tutorial.

Let us begin!

STEP 1

Create a new document of a desired size and fill it with black by using Default Foreground and background Colors(D and the Paint Bucket Tool(G) and click on the workspace. This is usually the first step for many other drawings, so you should get used to this part. You can also add a gradient.

Now duplicate this layer by going to Layers > Duplicate layer… or just press CTRL+J. I recommend you learn shortcuts, they are a life saver.

 Create stage curtains in 11 easy steps

STEP 2

Grab the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) and draw a rectangle to cover about 80% of the “Background copy” layer like below.

 Create stage curtains in 11 easy steps

STEP 3

Go to Filter > Render > Fibers… Set the Variance to about 23 and Strength to 5. Click OK. Now press CTRL+D to deselect.

 Create stage curtains in 11 easy steps

 Create stage curtains in 11 easy steps

STEP 4

Now go to Filter > Blur > Motion Blur. Set Angle to 90 degrees and Distance to 500. Should look like the image below.

 Create stage curtains in 11 easy steps

STEP 5

Open the Levels window (CTRL+L) and play around with the cursors to give it more contrast.

 Create stage curtains in 11 easy steps

STEP 6

Double-click the top-most layer in the layer palette to bring up the Blending Properties window and check Color Overlay tab. Click that tab and set Blend mode to Multiply.

Grab a color of your choice. I used (#ff0000 – default overlay color).

 Create stage curtains in 11 easy steps

STEP 7

Duplicate this layer (CTRL+J) and move the curtain on the new layer to the right. Then duplicate it one more time.

 Create stage curtains in 11 easy steps

STEP 8

Grab the Warp Tool (Edit > Transform > Warp) and curve up the top-most layer image. Then move it to the top right like below.

 Create stage curtains in 11 easy steps

STEP 9

Open the Blending Properties window (double-click layer) and check “Drop shadow”. Use the settings below.

 Create stage curtains in 11 easy steps

STEP 10

Duplicate this layer, then move it to the top left corner. Now go to Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal. Reposition it to look natural.

 Create stage curtains in 11 easy steps

STEP 11

Go to layer palette and create a new layer group and drag all layers in it. Drag that layer over the “New Layer” button.

Merge the new layer group (select group, press (CTRL+E). Turn off “Group 1″ layer group. We do this so we can be able to edit them later of we need to.

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Done!

curtains Create stage curtains in 11 easy steps

You can also take the idea even further and make those cheesy colored drapes by adding patterns over them like below.

final Create stage curtains in 11 easy steps

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Comments

  1. says

    This tutorial makes the whole design process so much easier. In would love to try this out on my own. Thanks for taking the time to share this with us! Looking forward to more of your design tutorials.

  2. Yolanda says

    I have been searching for ages trying to find a brush or pattern I could use for curtains and stumbled across this… the instructions were heaps easy to follow and I can personalise them too so all I can say is THANK YOU! (^_^

  3. Glenn says

    This is a great and easy to follow tutorial, altho I’m really looking for mine to open to reveal the stage?

  4. Hisham says

    What can I say more than “Heartfull Thanks” to you, I’ve been looking to making curtains long back coz it is used often in flyers for kids meals and so on, and thought could be done only in 3D render softwares, appreciate sharing this with us my friend .. Thaanks c:/

  5. Bob Bello says

    Very good tutorial, which helped me make some vintage illustrations to The Adventures of Sheryl Holmes in steampunk style. Thanks a lot, this is fantastic!

  6. Sister says

    Could I use your picture for the opening of a Powerpoint slide show that I will use for teaching?

  7. llaxsll says

    Looks like the link for downloading the PSD is broken.. is this intentional? I’d really love to get the psd and play around with it if possible

  8. says

    Tanx very much for the tutorial, really straightforward, yet very effective. I found adding a gradient, (hard mix) as you suggested, really enhances the effect. Nice one…..

  9. YAPMUNSIF says

    Many thanks for your guidance and support.
    Can this be used in ppt 2010
    Regards and God Bless
    Munsif

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