How to Create a Raised Seam in Photoshop

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How to Create a Raised Seam in Photoshop
Seams can also be used as a fashion statement. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Fashion designers or artists can manipulate brushes to create raised seams on clothing or fabric using Photoshop. You can create raised seams to make a thread design or to see the thread better along the fabric. Photoshop has a variety of tools and special effects that can make lines and objects appear raised. With the layering tool, artists can add effects without damaging the original picture. It only takes a little skill to create a raised seam.

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Things you need

  • Solid cloth photo

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  1. 1

    Launch Photoshop. Scroll to "File" and then "Open." Open the fabric photo. Double-click the photo background under the "Layers" tab to create a layer.

  2. 2

    Scroll to "Edit" and then "Define Pattern" to save the fabric pattern as a Photoshop pattern. A dialogue box will appear. Name your pattern and click "OK."

  3. 3

    Close the image box. Scroll to "File" and then "New" to create a new image. A dialogue box will appear. Set the width and the length to 510. Set the resolution to 300 and set background contents to "White" and click "OK."

  4. 4

    Scroll to the "Toolbar" on the left side of the screen and select the "Paint Bucket Tool" (G). Scroll to the "Paint Bucket Tool" panel underneath the "Menu" bar and click the first drop-down button to your left and select "Pattern." Next to the drop-down menu, click the box to the right of the drop-down button and select your pattern.

  5. 5

    Create a new layer above the fabric layer. Click the sixth of the seven icons at the very bottom of the "Layers" tab to the right of your screen to create a new layer. Double-click the layer's name to rename the layer "Seam."

  6. 6

    Scroll to the "Toolbar" and select the "Brush Tool" (B). Scroll to the Brush panel above your screen and click the icon with the "three brushes" to open the brush dialogue box. Select a hard brush (brush "14") and resize the brush to 3 pixels. Change spacing to 1% and close the brush window.

  7. 7

    Click on the top box at the very bottom of the "Toolbar" on the left side of the screen to change the "Foreground" colour. Choose a colour for the thread that will show on the fabric. Create a seam design of your choice. Select the "Line Tool" (U) or the "create a path with the "Pen Tool" (P) to create your design.

  8. 8

    Click the "Brush Tool" and use the hard brush you selected earlier and click the "Paths" tab on the right side of your screen. Scroll to the bottom of the tab and click the second circle.

  9. 9

    Transform the line into a seam. Click the "Eraser Tool" (E) on the "Toolbar." Scroll to the panel below the "Menu" bar at the top of your screen and click the icon with the three brushes. Click the "30" brush icon. Change the size of the brush to 5 pixels and the spacing to 133%. Click the "Paths" tab and the second circle at the bottom of the tab.

  10. 10

    Stroll to "Layer" and "Layer Style" and then click "Drop Shadow" to give the seam a raised effect.

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