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PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2009 12:26 am  Reply with quote
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I thought I would share the following PHOTOSHOP tutorial for turning lined knots into working diagrams for actually tying...

I have put this in a different forum so just pasting it here...

If any of you have wondered how to turn your ABOK lined knots such as that from page 382 #2397. Heres what I just did, and it only took 15-20 minutes.

Assumming you have a scanned it or photo'd it or in some other way turned it digital..

I have the ABOK as a PDF so heres what I did...
It might help to change your history states to 150 or so > EDIT > PREFERENCES > PERFORMANCE

1) Select page 382 in adobe pdf reader > RIGHT CLICK > COPY TO CLIP BOARD
2) Open photoshop (CS3)
3) Create new (clipboard size should be automatic) CTRL + V (to paste the image)
4) C > Crop image
5) W + CLICK all the gaps between the lines whilst holding SHIFT

If you are used to using paths, this will save some time:
WHILST all of the gaps are flashing selected > RIGHT CLICK > MAKE WORK PATH

6) Making sure all gaps are selected hit DEL
7) V
Cool ALT + UP
9) ALT + UP
10) ALT + UP
11) ALT + UP
12) ALT + UP
13) ALT + DOWN
14) ALT + DOWN
15) ALT + DOWN
16) ALT + DOWN
17) ALT + DOWN
21) ALT + LEFT
22) ALT + LEFT
23) ALT + LEFT
24) ALT + LEFT
25) ALT + LEFT
26) SHIFT + CTRL + E Merges all visible layers

You can see this has made multiple layers of the same image on top of each other so thickening the lines by a lot.

Now to make the lines hollow

27) W again, all those gaps, Or On the layer menu scroll over to the right and select PATH MENU > CTRL + RIGHT CLICK
2Cool Go back to LAYER MENU
29) Hit U and adjust lines to be filled selection and about 3-4 pixels wide, Also make sure gradients are not selected
30) Starting anywhere you want, I choose the top left, start adding lines in order to bridge the lines over 1 under one.
31) FOLLOW ONE LINE, otherwise you might get lost and have to retrace your steps.

Now at this point I was also using the FILL TOOL (G) and (SWITCH COLOURS (X) As I filled in one bridge I filled the colour inside that line a pale grey colour. The other cord, I used a red colour.
You might also use the short cut keys E (eraser)
I do this Because I have more of an interest in making the knot out of leather, there fore it makes it considerably easier to pin the strands into the correct shape before I begin weaving it.

Thats pretty much it.
Heres a sample of the one I just done...


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2011 1:14 am Reply with quote
Joined: 19 May 2011
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Location: Eden, Australia

I'll surely give that a try!!

John Bennett
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