|This particular pattern reminds me of the Mayan Temples
. I can picture walking through a dense archaic jungle dripping with vines
and blooming in huge exotic flowers to find this hidden temple wall. After
centuries of weather and decay the intricate patterns are still remarkable.
One can hear the howler monkeys in the distance upset that you have intruded
on their home. Carefully touching the delicate seeming rock that was carved
so many generations ago, one would think it would crumble at the slightest
touch. We must explore this delightful place even further to unlock its
Although the reference to the Mayan Temples is not an accurate one these patterns still made me think of them. Perhaps I should have used skulls and grotesque deformed images since the Mayans were a viscous brutal civilization with blood sacrifices and cannibalism.
This theme has intricate patterns in every image. Some very interesting effects can be created by combining a variety of shapes, plugins and blend modes.
In order to make you think and create your own unique designs, this is a simple briefing of the steps taken to achieve the images shown on this page.
Create the desired shape. This image started out with a simple rectangle. Try different shapes such as the hexagon pictured below to get a variety of interesting effects and uses from the finished image.
For the design to be used as a background of course the opacity had to be adjusted. This can be done in several ways. Using layers flood fill the top layer with white and adjust the opacity in the layer control panel. Another way, which is much more interesting, is to duplicate your image layer and use the blend modes in the layer control panel to get different effects and also try different settings on the opacity value.
I came up with an endless combination of settings all creating very different looking images.
The one thing, in my personal opinion, to remember when creating intricate
images like this is not to overkill. If you have too many things going
on in your page decorations no one will pay attention to the content. Also
it is very important to make sure the text is legible over any background
you use or create. I chose to use a table with a background of white to
give a more polished and professional look to the page rather than simply
typing the text directly over the background layer.
*Note: To get the border around the table, use the following settings;
|As you can see in this table I let the background in the table default to the page background and had to use a bold font in order to make the text legible. This is not nearly as professional looking and even with the bold text is very difficult to read.|
|Here I have used a grey table background|
|And here a lightened purple.|
|Below is another example
of an image using these same techniques on a dingbat font with a point
size of 200.