AV Bros. Page Curl Pro 2.x Tutorial

Gallery Image A3 - Origami by AV Bros.

Origami by AV Bros.
The Idea
The idea, or in this particular case better to say the goal, is simple - to make a multi-bended page, where will be both folds and curls.

The Plan
To fulfill the task we will use AV Bros. Page Curl Pro 2.2 option that lets you add up to 25 bends (curls and/or folds).

The Pre-Process
Please click here to download the Zip file that contains all files that are necessary for this tutorial. Then unzip the file in order to use the files that are inside.

The Process
As was mentioned in the Introduction and Specific Terms Explanation topic, we have used Adobe Photoshop for preparing our gallery's samples. Any version of Photoshop started from version 7.0 is suitable without any special "corrections" for the host. As for the rest of the supported hosts, please read the mentioned above topic.
Taking into account the fact that this sample does not requires any techniques, which were not described in other tutorials, we decided not go beyond the slightly enhanced "Easy Way" description. So, you will find below the explanation of how to prepare "Origami by AV Bros." using the settings of AV Bros. Page Curl Pro 2.2 that we have provided.

1. Create the document with the dimensions 1500x1500 pixels and place the Origami Source image (You can find it as Origami Source.png in the downloaded ZIP file.) somewhere in the center.
Origami Source.png
2. Start AV Bros. Page Curl Pro 2.2, then go under the plug-in's Main menu and choose the Load Settings Relative... menu item and load the Origami settings.avcps file. Before you click the Apply button and will see the result on Origami-Pre-Result.jpg, we recommend that you review the parameters of either plug-in's palette. You can even try to adjust them and see on how this affects the result.

Preparing the Outer Shadow

Once you have obtained the pre-result, the only thing that should be done to complete the design is the outer shadow. It's quite a simple task for this particular image. So, here are the steps:

  • Duplicate the layer with the pre-result and fill the content with black. (There are various methods to do that. As for us, we have used the Photoshop's Hue/Saturation palette and set both the Saturation and Lightness to -100.)

  • Now, you should transform the shadow to make it correctly looking. (You just need to keep in mind the direction of the lighting that was set inside the plug-in, because both the internal and outer shadows have the same "nature".) You can check of how the shadow looks like after such transformation - take a look at Origami-Shadow-source.png file. By the way, there is NO absolutely correct result and your shadow may look a little bit different. (For example, our shadow, on the sample in the on-line Gallery, is also slightly different...) Origami-Shadow-source.png

  • Now place the transformed shadow under the pre-result image, correctly position it and set the opacity of the shadow to let say 25%.

  • Add the Gaussian blur with radius 2 pixels to the shadow.

  • Now we need to emulate the situation that a part of the image (the curled part on the left side) is located over the surface, rather than lies on it and as a result the shadow under this part of the image will be lighter and more blurred. To make the shadow partially lighter, you need to add the layer mask to the shadow layer and then, use the Linear Gradient tool. (See Fig.1) To make the lighter part also more blurred, you should select the mask, then invert this selection and add the Gaussian blur with radius 8 pixels. (See Fig.1) Gallery Image A3 - Origami by AV Bros. (Fig.1)

    That's all. You can see the completed sample on the Origami-Result.jpg
    Gallery Image A3 - Origami by AV Bros. (Origami-Result.jpg)

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