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04-04-2011, 11:27 AM
Hi all what would be the easyest way to make a stainglass window for a pic i'm doing.

04-05-2011, 01:44 AM
Here's a pretty easy method:
(For the purpose of demonstration I've used a free stained glass pattern from http://www.stainedglasspatterns.com/)

Create a new image.
On the layers palette choose the submenu next to the 'new' button and choose 'canvas settings' and set your canvas to a water colour paper.

Create a second layer. Name the top layer 'Lead' and the underneath 'glass'.

To do your leading choose the 'paint tube' tool and set the pressure to 0% (this will make it the most 3d) set the brush size to the thickness of the lead you want. I used a dark charcoal colour (even with blackening lead is never pure black.)

For straight lines use Ctrl and then hold Shift as well to constrain to 45 degree angles (how i did the diamonds and straight lines in my example). For curves and round lines, use stencils from the stencil panel eg/ circle stencil, french curves ... Right click these stencils and set to the 'guide' mode (blue colour stencil) You can then just draw on the stencil itself near the edge and the tube paint will be guided by the edge of the stencil to follow.

Right click > Edit Texture and make sure 'use canvas texture' is checked.
Grab a nice big water colour brush (eg/ 60-80% size) with the following settings

04-05-2011, 01:49 AM

Now its just a matter of adjusting the thinners. Start by turning them down to around 25-30% (doesn't have to be exact.. variation is nice). Wash in a solid colour in one of your glass areas, start in the center and guide the paint towards the lead edges, keeping your stylus on the tablet the whole time.

Then turn the thinners (think amount of water) up to around 70-90%. Start in the middle and blend towards the edges to give a nice glassy variation. You can repeat this over and over to mix in more lightness.
(Its easier to add lightness than darkness with the digital watercolour I find).

TIP: Its a good idea to add any colours you use to your local sample palette. Using the eyedropper with watercolour will never give the same colour as you originally painted with.

04-05-2011, 01:53 AM

If you want to add a bit more of a realistic feel, create a new layer above the glass layer.
Paint a stencil of a tree in colour R=71, G=45, B=58
From the Edit menu choose 'Blur Layer' and set the blur radius to 1 pixel.
Right-click on this layer on the layer palette choose 'blend mode' and select 'multiply'

and voila.. stained glass window :):)

04-07-2011, 10:39 AM
Thanks Juz thats sort of what i'm doing i found a free pic, then i'm tracing it to make it into a stencil then i'll do the color and stuff after i added a layer and loaded the stain pic, i'll post when finished, as you know we had a bad earthquake and the pic i'm doing is for the minister of the church the got hit bad.

Are there some good tree stencils on the forum?

04-08-2011, 12:26 AM
This is something I've been wanting to do. Thanks for the tutorial!

04-08-2011, 02:47 AM
Really thoughtful of you Graham :):)
I had a quick sift through the resouces and found these threads from Kenmo and Jacktar for Tree Stickers and Stencils. (stickers can be used in place of a stencil, just convert a sticker layer to paint after applying)




From wikimedia commons and free stock:-




Another good source might be to find free photoshop brushes which can easily be imported into artrage to use with the sticker brush


Hopefully something there is of use to you in those links.
I have a feeling that foxy, someonesane or mr paint had some at some stage but cant find the relevant threads.

@Ukoa, thanks for the feedback. Glad this is of use to you :)

04-09-2011, 01:49 AM
Juz, terrific:eek:. Thank you.

04-11-2011, 09:54 PM
Juz, awesome. thanks works great.

04-13-2011, 02:05 AM
@Oriane, thanks very much dear friend :):)

@GZ wow what a fantastic panel, thanks for trying out the method :eek::)