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I apply patterns to graphics, interfaces, and other objects. Often, I first look at the basic scan line effect then go from there.
For this next effect, I take the original scan lines and then use a gradient to get a smoother effect. I've used this style on numerous interfaces to add a smooth complexity and depth.
Image with Scanlines
Step #1: Image prep
Open your image that contains the background object (photo, art, interface, etc).
Then, fill a new layer with a basic scan line pattern (refer to the Basic
Scan Lines Tutorial if you don't know how to do this).
Step #2: Removing excess material
SELECT the pattern scan line layer with a CTRL-CLICK on the layer.
Next, CLEAR the contents of this layer by hitting the DELETE key.(Be careful
not to lose your selection!)
Step #3: Filling the pattern selection
Use the linear gradient tool to fill your selection (use shift while dragging
to get a straight gradient). I chose the gradient, WHITE to Transparent and dragged
the mouse from the TOP of the selection to the bottom of the selection to get
a smooth white to clear gradient. At this point it may look a little ugly. Use
the layer palette's blending modes to soften the gradient. I chose softlight
from the pulldown menu, but experiment with the others to get the effect you're
There are an infinate number of possiblilities using patterns. Experiment with all sorts of effects, shapes, and patterns. Contact me if you have any questions! Thanks - Rob