Introduction: Creating a Realistic 3D Flag in PhotoShop!!!

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This instructible will teach you how to make a realistic looking flag, but not only can this effect be used for flags It can be used for almost anything

Step 1: First Things First!

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get your self a picture of some fabric and a picture fo a flag, you can use mine if you like.

Step 2: Put Both Images Into Photoshop

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Open your fabric and your flag image and then apply gaussian blur to your fabric picture
(Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur) and experiment with the radius to hide the detail of the fabric, keeping only the folds.

Step 3: SAVE!

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Save your image as a PSD file (File > Save as). I saved mine as fabric.psd

make sure you save as a PSD or the next few steps wont work out.

Step 4: Next Up: the Flag Image

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Start working on your flag image. Apply the displacement map filter to your flag with your fabric photo, mine is the fabric.psd file. (Filter > Distort > Displace)

use the same settings as i have done in the picture.

Step 5: Take a Look So Far

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this is what i have got, maybe have a rest have a cuppa' and a biccy

Step 6: Adding the Wavyness

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Go back to your fabric picture and select the whole thing with your marquee tool or simply by using ctrl+a, copy (ctrl+c), paste it (ctrl+v) onto your flag picture and change the layer mode to "Hard Light".

yeah.. Hard.

Step 7: Your Finished!

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take a look at your artwork.. remember this effect can be used with allmost any picture try doing one of a friends face or make a wavy house!

vote for me to win, and i'll give you a cookie.


TomasP58 made it! (author)2017-07-27

Thanks! So easy and with incredible results

Da CunhaT made it! (author)2016-10-22

Banana Republic !

TylerH60 made it! (author)2016-04-16

Can you please do it with mine?

QadeerH1 (author)2015-12-09


mohamedB39 made it! (author)2015-11-14

make it libyan flag plz

SebastianC4 (author)2015-04-11

can you do a custom flag ?

dani.sheikh.359 made it! (author)2014-08-07

Make The Pakistan flag

here it is

usama.sandhu2 made it! (author)2014-08-14


dani.sheikh.359 made it! (author)2014-08-07

Make The Pakistan flag

Sadique Khan Pk made it! (author)2014-05-31

My CV. I Made It.

BurgerFriesSpag (author)2013-02-06


asmir004 (author)2012-04-04

Bosnian Flag

alaoeneye (author)2009-04-30

Imagine making a comic with that idea, people would respect the art work.

foxtrot4697 (author)alaoeneye2010-01-08

cept it wouldn't be art, it would be something that photoshop has done for you

farmerboyk (author)foxtrot46972012-03-26

Still art :3

ferraririder123 (author)2011-11-21

My software is adobe photoshop CS5 ,and i can't do the step 4 ,can anyone help?

klodianpepkola (author)2011-07-23

Albanian Flag

JohnJY (author)2010-03-15

 I don't have the programs for this, but can someone do this to my avatar icon, please?

mmhiggins (author)JohnJY2011-07-09

Here you go

JohnJY (author)mmhiggins2011-07-13

Wow! Thanks!

Nienna247 (author)2010-05-20

After I saw this instructable I thought I'd give it a go and experiment with a whole variety of textures that I downloaded off Google.
Here's a preview of what I did:

This is a very neat trick, even my mum who has more photoshop know-how than me marvelled a it.


TyMan210 (author)2009-10-01


TyMan210 (author)TyMan2102009-10-01

One more.

TyMan210 (author)TyMan2102010-02-10

 I made a couple more:

jamiec53 (author)2010-01-04

'You're finished' is what it should say. Sorry, I couldn't resist!

peeperman (author)2008-10-01

thanks my friend! here is mine, the greek flag

jamiec53 (author)peeperman2010-01-04

That's the scottish flag, the upper-left hand corner of the greek flag, and the greek naval jack...

Look here

Foaly7 (author)peeperman2009-03-27

That's only the upper left-hand corner of the Greek flag.

Derin (author)2008-11-02

can somebody tell how to do it in gimp?

12tigers (author)Derin2009-07-21

wow thats ghetto... really? gimp?

Derin (author)12tigers2009-07-22

NVM,I got Photoshop CS3.

the.mk95 (author)Derin2009-09-25


tartanthing (author)2009-09-20

my very first completed instructable! i made something i couldnt find! thanks!

I am Silas. (author)2009-09-02

Where can you find a free photoshop site?

Atomman (author)I am Silas.2009-09-12

Photoshop is probably illegal to get for free, so I always use GIMP. It's has the same things Photoshop has only for no cost and is legal.

Babak_Mahzoon (author)2009-08-27

That's fantastic. I thank you very much.

Raiyan (author)2009-08-08

Thanks. Here is the Bangladeshi flag.

parree (author)2009-04-04

look nice?that photo came from francis magalona....

petluke (author)2009-03-09

Thank you

idiep (author)2009-02-26

This is a great Tutorial thanks so much!!!!

Ahmedqatar (author)2009-01-17

Looks soooooooooooooo real !!

pingeee (author)2008-04-16


pooandwee (author)pingeee2008-04-16

do you like it?

pingeee (author)pooandwee2008-04-17

Sure I do, it's simple and easy to follow

pooandwee (author)pingeee2008-04-17

but have you trided making it yet?

adamvan2000 (author)pooandwee2008-06-16

oookay, where's my cookie!?! ~adamvan2000

tibet (author)adamvan20002008-11-29

incredible tutorial ! thanks alot!

MasterMediaXD (author)2008-11-18

This is ssssssssssooooooooooooooooooooooooo hard I past the fabric on my union jack and bang my union jack turns to fabric but the fabric's too small so its union flabric?

babeinpink (author)2008-10-29

Thank you so much for the great tips. Here is my American Flag.

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